State of the Art Technology

In the interests of providing his patients with the best care available, Dr. Leone plays an active role in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art orthopedic technologies at Holy Cross Hospital. As a result, The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care has access to advanced robotics, 3D imaging facilities, and more. For information about the latest orthopedic technology in use at the Center, read on.

PAL (Pelvic Alignment Level)

Invented by Dr. Leone, the PAL, or Pelvic Alignment Level, is a patented device and technique that helps surgeons position artificial hip joints more precisely and adjust leg length more accurately when performing total hip replacement surgery. By optimizing hip mechanics through more precise implantation, the PAL helps maximize the life of an artificial joint and gives patients better, more consistent surgical results.


The MAKOplasty™ procedure uses the RIO™ Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to allow surgeons to perform less invasive knee surgeries with extreme precision and improved results. As a welcome alternative to conventional total knee replacement surgeries, MAKOplasty™ offers numerous benefits, including faster recovery, improved range of motion, less postoperative pain and less blood loss. The MAKOplasty™ system is frequently used to perform partial knee replacement, which leaves more of the natural joint intact and more of the cartilage, muscle and tissue untouched. It can also be used to perform knee arthroplasty through a “keyhole” incision less than half the length of those required by older techniques.

Orthopedic Navigation

Orthopedic navigation technology is a directional tracking system similar to those used in today’s cars, boats and airplanes—it is, in effect, a global positioning system (GPS) for the operating room. Orthopedic navigation gives surgeons “real time” visual feedback on their patients’ actual anatomy and allows them to make more precise surgical decisions. This results in better outcomes.

3D Imaging

3D imaging software allows the radiology department at Holy Cross Hospital to perform extremely detailed three-dimensional CT and MRI scans. These 3D scans may be used to provide the patient with a more comprehensive pre-surgical diagnosis and give doctors the information they need to choose the most appropriate and effective treatment plan. Used in conjunction with Holy Cross Hospital’s computerized PACS, or Picture Archiving and Communication System, referring doctors are able to consult with radiologists remotely from their home or office computers.

Tesla ONI Extremity MRI

Holy Cross Hospital is the first facility in Florida to offer the 1.5 Tesla ONI Extremity MRI—the most powerful extremity MRI on the market today. This state-of-the-art imaging device offers a comfortable, open design (ideal for claustrophobic patients), extremely fast scan times and superior image quality.

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