Breakthroughs - Summer 2011

 3-D Screening


A new technology—3-D breast tomosynthesis—offers radiologists a 3-D view of breast tissue after mammography. Radiologists take a series of 15 low-dose mammograms at one time and then impose them together to form a multi-plain view of the breast. Studies suggest the new technology helps reduce the rescreening rate and false positives. While breast tomosynthesis offers a radiologist enhanced images, the experience for a patient is no different than traditional mammography.

Innovative Care

Patient Care Units

Patients in the new gynecologic oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center and in the abdominal transplant, liver and pancreas unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital have new technology and safety improvements to assist in their daily care. Touch screens in rooms show daily schedules and videos about care for their conditions. The all-inclusive new spaces are designed by the staff to foster communication among patients, physicians and the health care team.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

3-D Surgery

Washington University surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are sporting the latest eyewear: 3-D polarized shades. The glasses allow surgeons performing minimally invasive surgery to operate in three dimensions, replacing the bulky, cumbersome headsets that surgeons had previously used. The new technology improves the visual field for surgeons, allowing them to see small blood vessels and other structures more clearly—a clear benefit for patients, too.

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