Taking Care of Patients with Innovative Technology
Cancer treatment has been rapidly changing over the last few years. At the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Torresdale, we use an approach that combines the latest in cancer fighting technology with a personalized patient focused approach to provide award-winning cancer care close to home.
Jefferson offers a full range of diagnostic imaging services using state-of-the-art equipment at its three hospital campuses and Outpatient Medical Imaging Center. Whether it's an advanced test, such as a helical CAT scan, or a more routine test, such as a mammogram, our staff provides each patient with the finest in medical imaging technology and personalized care. Services include:
- MRI, including Breast MRI
- CT SCAN
- Nuclear Medicine
- DEXA Scan
- Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS)
Our radiosurgery system is an advanced technology that delivers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery, or stereotactic body radiation therapy. It is the only system to continuously stay on target despite patient and tumor motion. It enables tumors to be treated anywhere in the body with confidence and without compromise.
During these procedures, patients will lie on a treatment table while the machine's robotic arm moves around their body delivering high doses of radiation directly to their tumor with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Most treatment sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes in five or fewer treatments depending on the size, shape and location of your tumor.
Our radiotherapy system combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management to accurately and precisely target tumors with speed. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, We provide for a more comfortable environment for patients and can improve the overall patient experience. Enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and the therapist who operates the equipment. Three closed-circuit television systems enable the therapist to monitor the patient at all times. Music can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.
3D Breast Tomosynthesis
Three-dimensional imaging technology that uses a low-dose short X-ray sweep around the compressed breast with only nine exposures. This imaging technique is designed to separate the tissues and to reduce the overlapping of structures, which represents a limiting factor in standard 2D mammography.
There are many design enhancements to this mammography system, including gentle, rounded corners of the image detector and comfortable armrests, replacing conventional handgrips.
Jefferson Torresdale Hospital offers a wire-free, radar localization technology at various locations. This technology ensures an easier experience for women undergoing lumpectomy. Traditionally, lumpectomy procedures involve wire localization – inserting a wire into the breast on the day of surgery. For many women, this leads to discomfort, increased anxiety, and reduced satisfaction.
Instead of wires, our system uses a small reflector, the size of a grain of rice, which is placed into the breast prior to the day of surgery. Using the system – which detects the reflector using its unique radar signal – surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue to pinpoint its location without the help of a wire localization in the setting of a lumpectomy for some patients. This technology can also be used to effectively localize lymph nodes prior to pre-surgical therapy and can be used with any type of imaging over the course of a patient's care.
Jefferson is changing the experience of surgery with robotic surgery options. The procedure is both designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your surgeon is in full control, though these techniques are often called "robotic," neither can act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your surgeon.
Robotic surgery allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.
Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB) & Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Jefferson Health offers Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB), a procedure using a combination of conventional and CT-virtual bronchoscopy. This new, innovative process – which only a few area physicians are proficient at – allows doctors to look at airways through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. Because of this, physicians can safely navigate a catheter into the outermost areas of lungs to safely perform biopsies.
Completed as an outpatient procedure, patients are able to go home afterward. There is no cutting, and most patients return to their normal level of activity by the next day. Biopsies are immediately reviewed, and most patients have answers and a plan of action before they go home.
ENB safely reaches any area of the lung with minimal risks, and can be further combined with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), which lets doctors sample lymph nodes and other areas of the chest surrounding the lung. EBUS also allows for further diagnosis of lung cancer and correct cancer staging at the same time. Previously, additional testing, procedures and/or surgery was required. This immensely shortens the time between diagnosis and treatment, increasing survival rates.
The greatest benefit of this procedure is the ability to routinely catch early stage lung cancer. When cancer is found in a low stage (I or II), the chance of curing it rather than just treating it is now real. ENB and EBUS can also be used for diagnosing non-malignant conditions, such as sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and infectious etiologies, to name a few.
Anyone with a nodule larger than 8mm can be considered for ENB. The procedure is ideal for high-risk patients with a nodule greater than 8mm, or low-risk patients with a suspicious-appearing nodule. However, any patient will gladly be evaluated for ENB.
TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System
TrueBeam™ combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated motion management to accurately and precisely target tumors with speed. With shorter treatment times and quieter operation, TrueBeam™ provides for a more comfortable environment for patients and can improve the overall patient experience. Enhanced communication technology enables a constant interaction between the patient and the therapist who operates the equipment. Three closed-circuit television systems enable the therapist to monitor the patient at all times. Music can be played during treatment, helping to increase patient comfort.