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Advanced Technology

Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System, we offer our patients the most advanced technology in minimally invasive surgery. Aided by a high-resolution, full-color 3-D images of the internal structures, surgeons perform complex procedures, such as prostatectomies and hysterectomies, through 1- to 2-cm incisions. Benefits of robotic surgery can include reduced recovery times, less pain, decreased risk of infection and fewer complications.

With highly specific, color-coded PET/CT scans, we are able to detect and stage tumors earlier, more easily and with more accuracy than ever before. With this detailed information, we can provide more accurate monitoring of changes in the cancer and more precise treatment.

FirstHealth uses digital mammography where images are displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files. Digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. They produce high-quality images with excellent visualization of breast tissue to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. With digital mammography, the radiologist uses special high-resolution monitors to review the electronic images of the breast. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest.

Breast MRI is used as a supplemental tool to mammography and ultrasound for detecting and staging breast cancer.

With a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, physicians use a special computerized mammography machine to guide them in inserting a needle into a growth to collect a small sample for analysis. This less-invasive alternative to surgical biopsy is called X-ray-guided or stereotactic breast biopsy.

A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a procedure in which the sentinel lymph node is removed and examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present. A sentinel node biopsy is used to see if a known breast cancer or melanoma has spread from the original cancer site.

 
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