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
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
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.
Defecography is an x-ray test to evaluate the function of the rectum and
pelvic floor muscles.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
"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:
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
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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