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Advanced Technology

"It would be hard to match the level of technology available at MidMichigan." - David Roden, M.D., Otolayrngologist

There's no need to travel long distances for state-of-the-art care. MidMichigan Health has some of the latest and most advanced technologies available in Michigan.

  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This non-invasive imaging procedure analyzes the inside of the breast when conventional exams such as mammography and ultrasound fail to provide enough information needed to make an accurate diagnosis. The technology provides valuable information for staging and treating breast cancer, monitoring of certain patients after breast cancer therapy, determining breast implant integrity, and screening women at high risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Capsule Endoscopy - This technology is used to examine abnormalities in the small intestine that may be missed by other procedures. Patients swallow Given® Imaging's small M2A capsule containing a camera. This captures photographic images of the patient's entire digestive system.
  • Cardiac Catheterization - Our newly renovated catheterization labs include a Siemens Axiom Artis FC imaging system, which provides the most accurate, clear images of coronary arteries available today.
  • da Vinci® Surgery - This technology is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. With da Vinci, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated at the da Vinci console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation – This technology delivers mild electrical stimulation to block brain signals that cause uncontrollable shaking in patients with Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s disease. Through the implantation of electrodes and a pacemaker-like device, this procedure inactivates, but does not destroy, the parts of the brain responsible for the shaking.
  • Digital mammography – This technology takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. The images can be easily retrieved and sent electronically. They can also be enhanced, magnified or manipulated for further evaluation.
  • Gamma Knife ® - This noninvasive technology is the gold standard for treatement of brain tumors and other brain abnormalities.  MidMichigan's Gamma Knife is one of only two such machines available in Michigan and one of only 165 units worldwide.
  • ImageChecker® for Mammography - New computerized technology by R2 Technology helps radiologists by providing a second scan of mammograms. This aids in the accuracy of the reading and interpreting, as well as determining the diagnosis. This technology potentially increases cancer detection by 15 percent.
  • IGRT Radiation Therapy    - New radiation oncology technology and equipment including the latest CT simulator, linear accelerator and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) allow for more precise and effective treatment of tumors.
  • Lithotripsy - MidMichigan is part of a consortium of area hospitals that operates a mobile lithotripsy unit to treat kidney stones through extracorporeal shock waves.
  • LASEK (laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy) - This vision-improvement technique offers less pain, fewer complications and quicker recovery than LASIK and PRK. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - We offer the latest technology in magnetic resonance imaging with a 3.0 Tesla fixed MRI, the highest power available, and a 1.0 Tesla Open MRI, providing outstanding image quality in an open system. The open design allows for easier position of areas such as shoulders or wrists and accomodates large patients, disabled patients, small children, people with claustrophobia, or anyone who is uncomfortable in a closed space.
  • MammoSite® Brachytheraphy - This treatment option places a high dose of radiation inside the space left after a lumpectomy. It reduces treatment time from six and a
    half weeks to five days, avoids many side effects of external beam therapy and helps protect
    healthy tissue from radiation exposure.
  • PET Scanning - This diagnostic technology combines the benefits of both positron emission tomography (PET) and computer-assisted x-ray tomography (CT), helping to pinpoint tumors or other abnormalities and thereby reducing the need for invasive diagnostic procedures, such as biopsies.
  • Pharmacy Robot - The safest and most accurate dispensing process in the region; just another way MidMichigan is improving medication dosage safety. Pharmacists enter prescription information into the McKesson ROBOT-Rx computer system and the robot dispenses medication based on these prescriptions and the corresponding bar-coded medications.
  • Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) - The PACS system acquires, transmits, stores, retrieves and displays digital radiology images and related patient information from a variety of imaging sources such as X-ray, CT and US and communicates the information over the hospital network or over the Internet using a secure Virtual Private Network connection. With PACS, instead of waiting for film to be developed and delivered, physicians can view images as soon as they are captured and stored, saving minutes or perhaps days.
  • SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System – This technology helps restore healthy blood flow with the use of a tiny rotating blade on the Silverhawk catheter. This blade is activated to shave away plaque from the artery walls. The plaque is then collected in the tip of the device and removed completely from the body.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Digital images and needle core samples of the breast are obtained for biopsy, providing an alternative to surgical biopsy for most women. These samples provide equally accurate results compared to surgical biopsy as well as less trauma, scarring, discomfort and cost.
  • Ultrafast CT - MidMichigan's new, state-of-the-art multi-slice scanner produces much faster, more detailed images of the human body than regular CT scanner technology, opening the door to a new range of diagnostic capabilities including heart imaging and 3D imaging of blood vessels.
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation - This is a treatment option for individuals who have refractory epilepsy, experience frequent seizures and have not had success with less invasive treatments.