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St. Joseph Hospital is dedicated to delivering pinpoint accuracy in diagnostic imaging, as well as highly effective cutting-edge therapies in a healing environment that welcomes all. By investing in the latest technology and clinical advancements, we offer our community access to the best medicine has to offer.

At St. Joseph Hospital, our belief in placing the latest technology in caring hands has led to clinical outcomes well above national standards.

As a healthcare leader and pioneer, St. Joseph Hospital offers numerous high-tech tools and procedures that can maximize the likelihood of successful treatment:

  • Anal Manometry
    Anal manometry checks the tightness of the anal sphincter and its ability to respond to signals, as well as the sensitivity and function of the rectum.
  • Anal Neurodiagnostic Evaluation
    Aids in diagnosing and assessing disorders of the lower urinary tract and the colorectal area.
  • ARIA Computer management System
    ARIA is a comprehensive information and image management system that manages patient information into a single, organized, oncology-specific medical chart. ARIA's electronic medical record (EMR) effectively manages treatment for patients undergoing radiation therapy.
  • Breast MRI and Biopsy Capability
    In March 2007, the American Cancer Society updated its breast cancer screening recommendations to include annual breast MRI for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. MRI-guided biopsy is less invasive than surgery, and is less likely to cause side effects or complications such as bleeding or infection. Done under local anesthesia, MRI-guided biopsy also eliminates the risks of general anesthesia.
  • CADstream for Breast MRI
    A computer-aided-detection (CAD) system automates the processing of data-intensive breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Physicians and MRI technologists spend a significant amount of time manually processing and interpreting breast MRI studies. CADstream automates breast MR image processing functions and corrects for patient movement that can occur during a study for better quality control.
  • Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery (Ci Navigation system)
    The Ci System gives the surgeon an unobstructed, on screen, 3-D view of the patient’s knee joint for more precise placement of implants during knee replacement surgeries.
  • da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
    The da Vinci Surgical System gives surgeons and their patients an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System places a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. It enables them to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures for urology, gynecology, oncology and pediatric patients through very small incisions with unmatched precision. More
  • Defecography
    Defocography is an x-ray test to evaluate the function of the rectum and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Digital Mammography
    Digital mammography is a mammography system where x-ray film is replaced by detectors similar to those found in digital cameras. From a computer screen, the image can then be enlarged or highlighted.
  • Eclipse Treatment Planning System
    The Eclipse System creates 3D images of the tumor and internal organs, assists in calculating treatment plans, and accurately calculates dose distributions for photons, electrons, protons and brachytherapy. This allows the St. Joseph Hospital radiation oncology team to compare and quickly evaluate different treatment options and decide on the most effective course of treatment for each patient.
  • Electron Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT)
    EBCT is a super fast computed tomography (CT) scan used to predict your risk for heart disease. It provides a snapshot of the calcium buildup in your coronary arteries – a major cause of heart attacks.
  • Endorectal Ultrasound and MRI
    Endorectal ultrasound is used for the diagnosis and management of certain rectal abscesses, rectal tumor evaluation and staging, and anal sphincter evaluation for incontinence.
  • Hana Table
    This surgical table is a minimally invasive tool enabling the surgeon to replace the hip through a single incision, anterior approach without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur.
  • Hyperbaric Chamber
    For difficult to heal wounds, patients lie in an enclosed chamber to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is 100-percent oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressures, to stimulate healing. More
  • Hybrid Operating Room
    Opened in the spring of 2010, St. Joseph Hospital's Hybrid Operating Room (OR) marries a state-of-the-art OR with an interventional catheterization lab to provide combination therapies. It enables cardiac and vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists to perform complex and emerging heart and vascular procedures in a more minimally invasive fashion. Patients with higher risk factors, previously ineligible for procedures, can also receive treatment. More
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
    St. Joseph Hospital is one of the first area hospitals to offer this promising new therapy, which uses CT or X-ray imaging to locate a tumor immediately prior to radiation therapy. More
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    Enables physicians to deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor while sparing nearby healthy structures. See also - Trilogy
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
    This technologically advanced technique involves the administration of radiation therapy in the operating room, during cancer surgery. IORT destroys residual tumor cells left behind after surgery, greatly reducing cancer recurrence. It can eliminate weeks of pre-post-operative external radiation beam treatments and is therefore more convenient and less painful for patients. More
  • Mammosite Brachytherapy
    Also known as breast brachytherapy, this procedure delivers a radioactive seed directly into the breast where the tumor was removed. It allows doctors to deliver the radiation directly to the tumor site while reducing radiation that would otherwise reach healthy tissues.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT)
    Positron emission tomography, also called PET scanning, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique. These images are superimposed with computed tomography (CT) to produce special views, a practice known as image fusion. Prior to the test an isotope is injected into the patient's bloodstream, allowing the PET equipment to detect the radiation and create a three-dimensional image of the patient's entire body and its biological processes. The information provided by this nuclear medicine examination is often unattainable using other imaging procedures. It has markedly improved detection and management of breast, colorectal and lung cancers, and is also useful in evaluating heart and brain function.
  • PET Probe
    The PET probe involves a simple injection of the probe (imaging drug) to monitor with the PET scanner the immune system and gauge a patient's response to treatment within a week or two, thus sparing patients from ineffective or potentially toxic therapies.
  • Prostate Brachytherapy Seeds
    Seed implantation, or brachytherapy, is an effective radiation treatment for men who have early stage, low-risk prostate cancer. Implantation of these grain-size seeds can be offered as an outpatient procedure. Performed with advanced imaging, implantation now boasts outcomes equivalent to other treatment methods such as surgery. Prostate Brachytherapy is associated with a low incidence of impotence or incontinence.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
    RFA is an image-guided, minimally invasive procedure to cure small tumors found in the lung, liver, kidney and bone. An RFA needle is placed inside the tumor so that radiofrequency waves passing through the needle increase the temperature within tumor tissue, resulting in the tumor’s destruction.
  • Robotics (see da Vinci Robotic Surgical System)
  • Smart Infusion Pumps
    Smart Infusion Pumps with dose calculation software improve medication safety by identifying and correcting one of the most common and serious types of potential medication errors, those in IV infusion programming. Within the state-of-the-art Infusion Center at The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital, wireless programmable Smart Pumps are used for chemotherapy and transfusions.
  • Smart Operating Rooms
    St. Joseph Hospital's 14 "Smart" operating rooms elevate the performance of the surgeon and the surgical team for better outcomes. Boom-arm technology suspends all equipment, including high-definition monitors, from the ceiling, enabling doctors and nurses to move unimpeded and optimally position equipment. A central, digital control system along with voice-activated equipment provides surgeons with access and control of critical devices. Surgeons can communicate with doctors offsite who simultaneously view the live images from the operating room. The Smart ORs' capabilities also include electronic capture and archival of patient data.
  • "SPY" Imaging System for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
    The SPY imaging system is the first and only fluorescent imaging system cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in coronary artery bypass surgery. A tiny puncture in the groin is made to enter the vascular system. It does not require an anesthetic, and because there is no incision, the risk of infection and the possibility of nerve damage are virtually eliminated. SPY enables cardiac surgeons to confirm proper placement of their bypass grafts and assess the functionality of those grafts while the patient is still on the operating room table.
  • Stealth Neuro Navigational System
    St. Joseph Hospital’s computerized neuro-navigational system is used for both spine and brain surgery. By using three-dimensional images and infrared intraoperative guidance, surgeons are guided through the brain and spine to within millimeters of the target. Using a technology similar to a global positioning system (GPS), navigation provides the surgeon the ability to see a patient’s anatomy in three dimensions and accurately pinpoint a location in the brain or spinal cord with the aid of diagnostic images such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy (Trilogy)
    Using sophisticated computerized imaging, during a single treatment session stereotactic radiosurgery can effectively destroy small tumors in the head and neck region, lung or pancreas, and shut down abnormal blood vessels. Because of the powerful radiation beams delivered with unparalleled accuracy, the Trilogy linear accelerator is commonly known as “the world’s most sophisticated radiation treatment device.” See also: Trilogy
  • Trellis Peripheral Infusion System
    The revolutionary Trellis system has been proven safe, fast and effective for the treatment of Deep Vein Thrombolysis (DVT). The procedure, called isolated thrombolysis, isolates the blood clot and delivers focused treatment to the targeted area. In a single procedure the patient receives pain relief while life-threatening blood clots in the leg are liquefied and removed.
  • Trilogy Linear Accelerator
    Trilogy is the latest generation of linear accelerators, a computerized system to precisely control the X-ray beam so that it conforms to the shape of the tumor. Trilogy is at least 60 percent faster than other linear accelerators, thereby decreasing the length of time patients need to spend undergoing treatment. More
  • Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
    VATS procedures are performed using a small video camera placed into the patient's chest via a scope. With the video camera, the surgeon can view the patient’s anatomy along with other surgical instruments that are introduced into the chest via small incisions. Traditionally, surgical approaches have called for a large incision placed between the patient's ribs. The ribs are then spread apart, allowing the surgeon to look directly into the patient's chest. These incisions are known as thoracotomies. By utilizing VATS, thoracotomy is avoided, thereby sparing the patient some of the post-operative pain and assisting them with a potentially quicker recovery.

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