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Technology

cancer technology for prevention and treatmentThe Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health offers some of the most advanced technologies available to diagnose and treat cancer:

  • 3D Mammogram: 3D mammography converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”—building what is essentially a 3-dimensional mammogram. This allows radiologists to look at your breast tissue in far greater detail than a traditional mammogram.
  • Image-guided High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy: Operating room suite for treating prostate, breast, cervical and other types of cancer using brachytherapy.
  • Breast MRI & Minimally Invasive Biopsy Capabilities: Tools for accurate evaluation of suspicious breast lesions.
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
    • 64-Slice CT Scanner: Produces the clearest images to diagnose and stage tumors.
    • Intra-Operative Big Bore CT: Provides better visualization and staging of tumors during surgical procedures.
    • Low-dose CT imaging: For lung cancer screening. CT images are better at finding abnormalities than a traditional chest X-ray. The amount of radiation received during a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is less than the amount received annually from naturally occurring radiation that's present in the environment.
  • da Vinci®: Provides greater precision, control and access to hard-to-reach areas, allowing extremely complex operations to be performed through just a few small incisions. Learn more about da Vinci
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS): EBUS is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.
  • Interventional Oncology:
    • Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy abnormal tissue.
    • Yttrium-90 Microsphere Radioembolism: a form of radiation therapy is given through the hepatic artery near the liver.
  • Mammosite®: An advanced breast cancer technology that targets cancer cells and limits the exposure of health tissue to radiation and minimizes treatment time. Learn more about Mammosite.
  • MR Spectroscopy: For biochemical imaging.
  • Neurosurgical Ablation: The NeuroBlate® System, located at Menorah Medical Center enables MRI-guided neurosurgical ablation. It is the only system that monitors ablation contours in 3-Dimensions and provides real time imaging to support a surgeon’s clinical decision matrix. The NeuroBlate System allows safe targeting and selective ablation of soft tissue and lesions in the brain, including some that may have traditionally been deemed “inoperable.” With the NeuroBlate System, surgeons have a new tool for treating diseased cells with lethal heat, while helping to preserve healthy tissue. In addition, because NeuroBlate’s therapy is minimally invasive, blood loss may be reduced during the procedure and the surgical opening can usually be closed with only a small suture.
  • PET/CT for Oncology: Positron emission tomography (PET) images the function of cells to show the difference between normal and diseased tissue. Learn more
  • Prostate Brachytherapy: A minimally-invasive treatment that involves placing radioactive seeds into the prostate gland using ultrasound image-guidance.
  • Radiation Oncology: Treats cancer with beams of high-energy radiation. Learn more
    • CyberKnife®: A radiation treatment that pinpoints and destroys harmful tumors without surgery or anesthesia, and with few, if any, side effects. Learn more
    • Gamma Knife®: A non-invasive radiation treatment that leads the industry as the most precise radiosurgical treatment for difficult brain tumors. Learn more
    • Three Linear Accelerators: Deliver image-guided intensity modulation radiation therapy. Enables radiation therapists to more precisely deliver high doses of external radiation to cancerous tumors of the lung, liver, pancreas and potentially other areas.
    • Safety and quality assurance are top priorities for our radiation therapy services. An extensive program of equipment testing, treatment monitoring, and independent review assures the safety of our patients.
  • superDimension™ Navigational Bronchoscopy: This state-of-the art system provides many benefits to patients, including helping to get earlier pulmonary nodules diagnosed and those with noncancerous lesions avoid unnecessary procedures. Provides access to difficult-to-reach areas of the lung aiding in the management of lung disease. Carries a lower risk of complications, unlike other lung biopsy options.