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3D Breast Tomosynthesis

tomoDataOffers improved, subtle cancer detection, especially for patients with dense and/or fatty breast tissue. Tomosynthesis uses high-resolution computers to convert digital breast images into thin layers or slices. These slices create a 3D mammogram when reconstructed. The images can be manipulated to better locate and evaluate abnormal breast tissue. The improved clarity of Tomosynthesis can help reduce the number of times women are called back for repeat procedures to provide additional views for diagnostic purposes. Additionally, 3D technology uses a very low x-ray energy so exposure is safely below the American College of Radiology guidelines.

There may be an additional charge of $83 if 3D tomosynthesis is not a service covered by your insurance company.

Single-Site™ da Vinci® Surgery - One Small Incision, Minimal Scarring

oneSitesmallAt Southwest General, surgeons are now using the Single-Site™ da Vinci® surgical system--the most advanced technology available for robotic surgery--to perform gallbladder removal. The single-site technology enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions needed for minimally invasive gallbladder surgery from three to five down to one. This procedure is performed through a single incision in the navel (belly button) using state-of-the-art precision instruments. Because the surgery requires only a single incision less than an inch long, scarring is dramatically reduced and patients experience a virtually scarless procedure

Here are the benefits patients can expect from minimally invasive robotic surgery:

  • Better, Faster Recovery– Virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay—typically less than 24 hours.
  • Better, More Advanced Technique – The Single-Site™ da Vinci® robotic procedure eliminates the need for the three to five incisions of standard minimally invasive surgeries.
  • Better Expertise – Our skilled team has pioneered robot-assisted surgery since 2006, performing hundreds of surgeries each year, now including Single-Site™ procedures.

High Field Open MRI:  More Comfort Plus Cutting-Edge Digital Imaging

openMRIsmallSouthwest General now offers High Field Open MRI services at the Strongsville Medical Center. This state-of-the-art technology provides high performance in a truly open configuration.

The new High Field Open MRI will generate digital images of the highest quality, while providing a more patient-friendly experience. The images can be immediately accessible to all physicians at any of Southwest General’s Medical Center.

About 18-20 percent of patients have trouble with closed MRI due to obesity or claustrophobia. This exciting new High Field Open MRI technology allows for high-quality diagnostic imaging with the patients’ comfort in mind.

Bradley Blackburn, MD, a board-certified interventional radiologist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General brought his leading-edge radiology practice, MSN Imaging, to Southwest General’s Strongsville Medical Center. Dr. Blackburn brings a unique expertise in the use of sedation during MRI testing. The use of sedation allows patients who would not otherwise be able to complete the exam due to anxiety or pain, to successfully accomplish the MRI. This, in turn, allows their physician to utilize the diagnostic report to plan an appropriate course of treatment.

The state-of-the-art High Field Open MRI system at the Strongsville Medical Center is just another example of Southwest General’s commitment to delivering the best possible imaging quality.

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