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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.

  • 3-D Mammography/Digital Breast Tomosynthesis - 3-D/tomosynthesis mammography is revolutionary state-of-the-art technology that allows radiologists to "see" through the breast tissue, layer by layer, more closely by minimizing overlapping breast tissues. During a 3-D mammogram, multiple low dose images are acquired at different angles. This provides multiple slices through your breast tissue for the radiologist to view similar to flipping through pages of a book.
  • 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 Si Surgical System  - 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 3-D camera. Seated at the da Vinci console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3-D 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 ® Perfexion - This noninvasive technology is the gold standard for treatment 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.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyThis is a specialized treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. 

  • 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.

  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) – With advanced imaging capabilities on our linear accelerator, IGRT uses kilovoltage, megavoltage, and conebeam CT imaging to visualize the area of interest to ensure accurate and precise delivery of the radiation prior to treatment.
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy that uses computer-controlled linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor or specific areas within the tumor by modulating the intensity of the dose to give a high dose to tumor while sparing healthy tissue.
  • Joint Templating - Patient specific jigs/guides use MRI or CAT scan pre-operative 3-D imaging. The information gathered creates a model of the arthritic joint. A virtual joint replacement is essentially completed on a computer prior to surgery. This information is then used to predetermine the desired implant size and position. The computer software program creates custom templates that will direct a series of bone cuts, so the implant can be placed into the appropriate and optimal position.
  • 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.
  • Open 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 accommodates large patients, disabled patients, small children, people with claustrophobia, or anyone who is uncomfortable in a closed space.
  • Orthopedic Surgery Guidance System – Intraoperative computer aided three-dimensional guidance, usually involves a preoperative three-dimensional image (MRI or CAT scan) that is cross-correlated to specific identifiable bone landmarks in the operating room. Once these landmarks are verified and consistent with the 3-D image, the further steps to direct bone preparation and implant placement can occur in the operating room.
  • Partial Breast Irradiation – The SAVI® accelerated partial breast irradiation is an alternative to traditional radiation for selective patients and requires two treatments per day for only five days, whereas traditional breast radiation is delivered five times a week and may take up to six or seven weeks.
  • 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.
  • RapidArc® Therapy – This cutting-edge method of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) delivers radiation as the linear accelerator rotates 360 degrees around the patient, precisely sculpting and delivering radiation dose while reducing treatment delivery times to as fast as two minutes.
  • Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) - With the ability to more accurately plan, visualize, target, and deliver high doses of radiation to pinpoint locations in the body, selective patients may be eligible to receive SABR treatment in 5 treatments or less to ablate tumors in areas of the body such as lung, liver, brain, spleen, adrenal glands, and lymph nodes.
  • 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.
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - TAVR is a procedure that is less invasive than surgery, as the artificial aortic valve is inserted through an artery in the neck, leg or between the ribs, and placed inside the diseased valve while the heart is still beating. The treatment is proven to consistently lengthen a patient’s life and improve his or her quality of life.
  • 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 3-D 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.
  • Velocity 3-D Mapping System - This is a diagnostic procedure that produces a complex 3-D mapping of the electrical activity in the heart. This enables the physician to pinpoint the type and the source of the abnormal rhythm.