The spinal surgery unit has specialist expertise in treating children with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine as well as spinal fractures and complex cancer surgery. The unit has published several papers investigating the anatomy of the spine and how treatments can be improved. The unit is involved in several national trials investigating how effective treatments are for spinal conditions. It one of the first spinal units in the country to use magnetic growing rods to treat scoliosis, eliminating the need for multiple operations as the child grows to lengthen the rods. Innovative cancer treatments involve using carbon fibre rods allowing better access to the spine for radiotherapy treatments. The unit will be installing a state of the art EOS machine to allow low dose imaging of the whole body for scoliosis, reducing the exposure to radiation for patients, and a new CT scanner which allows 3-dimensional image acquisition during surgery.