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Diagnostics

Our investement in technology includes:

RapidArc radiotherapy:  A fast, accurate, cancer treatment, which maximizes radiation to the tumor, while significantly reducing the radiation to nearby organs and tissue by outlining the shape and size of the tumor. Cancer therapy is more powerful, and exposure to healthy cells is limited.

Learn more about RapidArc radiotherapy.

CAD and Breast MRI: New diagnostic technologies include computer-aided detection (CAD) for enhanced interpretation of screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as MRI of the breast. Breast MRI can supplement mammography and breast ultrasound to aid in early cancer detection and the diagnostic evaluation of benign breast disease.

da Vinci Surgical System: This minimally invasive surgical technology allows surgeons to perform many types of procedures through small incisions. Da Vinci is a robotic assist device that allows surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery without making large (6- to 8-inch) incisions. Instead, surgeons make six small (1/4- to ½-inch) incisions to accommodate the miniature cameras and probe-like instruments they insert to perform the procedure. The result for patients is a much faster recovery, fewer side effects and less blood loss.

Learn more about the da Vinci Surgical System.

Varian TrilogyTM linear accelerator: Before the end of 2007, Good Shepherd Hospital will be the only facility in the area - and one of the few in the country - to offer image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). This highly advanced machine is able to take into account the movement of the body and organs as patients breathe, allowing pinpoint precision in targeting tumors during radiation therapy and sparing healthy tissue.

64-slice CT scanner: Used to obtain three-dimensional, high-resolution images. Most often associated with cardiology, this advanced technology also can provide highly accurate scans in other disciplines, including oncology, in seconds.

Learn more about the 64-slice CT scanner.


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