Technology

Christian Hospital provides patients with the most accurately targeted and least invasive methods of diagnosis and treatment with the latest technology.

 

The robotic da Vinci
HD Surgical System

da Vinci-S HD Surgical System

The robotic da Vinci Surgical System allows Christian Hospital surgeons to perform operations through small incisions in the patient’s body for procedures that once demanded open surgery. The amazing technology provides surgeons with greater precision and control, and gives them access to hard-to-reach, hard-to-see internal areas of the body.

Benefits of performing surgery using the da Vinci system include:
  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time

Linear Accelerator

Linear Accelerator

The linear accelerator delivers more accurate, highly localized treatment with fewer side effects.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Machine

The stereotactic breast biopsy machine uses ultrasound technology, providing more assurance of accurate diagnosis for certain types of abnormalities. The procedure causes little or no discomfort to the patient. When possible, diagnostic tests are performed in an outpatient environment, making tests more convenient and cost-efficient for the patient.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) and Electromagnetic Navigation

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
and Electromagnetic Navigation

We are the only hospital in the St. Louis region to use both endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and electromagnetic navigation to better diagnose damaged or diseased tissue found in hard-to-reach parts of the chest.

Prior to these medical advancements, surgery was required to biopsy lesions or tumors found in areas such as the lungs, heart, esophagus and lymph nodes. Surgical procedures typically require hospitalization, general anesthetics and a longer recovery period.

EBUS is especially helpful in biopsying tumors, and electromagnetic navigation allows doctors to remove samples of lung tissue that were previously too small to collect. EBUS and electromagnetic navigation are outpatient procedures during which damaged tissue is collected for biopsy from what the physicians see on CT or PET scans.

64-Slice CT Scanner

Christian Hospital is the first hospital in north St. Louis County -- and one of only three hospitals in the region -- to utilize a 64-slice CT scanner, the most sophisticated radiology technology available. Used at leading medical centers, the 64-slice CT scanner provides high-resolution, three-dimensional images of the body's organs and tissues.

Sentinel Lymph Node Breast Biopsy

Sentinel lymph node breast biopsy is an advanced diagnostic procedure that helps detect the spread of breast cancer. The procedure requires a smaller tissue sample that can be examined more closely than with traditional methods, which means a smaller incision, less swelling and quicker recovery time.

Intravascular Brachytherapy

Intravascular brachytherapy is an outpatient surgical procedure for prostate cancer in which radioactive seeds are permanently implanted into the prostate. The procedure offers an alternative to radical surgery or the eight-week course of radiation treatments.

Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

Christian Hospital is the only community hospital in the St. Louis region to perform Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) to remove lung cancer tumors. VATS, or thoracoscopy, involves inserting an illuminated rigid tube through a small incision made between the ribs and the use of video-endoscopic equipment that allows the entire operating team to view and assist in the operation. When compared to a traditional open-chest procedure, or thoracotomy, VATS can reduce the amount of chest wall trauma, deformity and post-operative pain, and can allow for the patient to have a shorter length of stay.

Low-Dose CT Scanning

Christian Hospital offers low-dose CT imaging technology to help provide an earlier diagnosis of lung cancer. Studies show a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths when low-dose, non-contrasted CT imaging is used. The improvement is essentially due to earlier stage diagnosis and healing action for earlier stage cancer. Read more >

MammoPad

Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare provide a softer mammogram with an FDA-approved foam cushion, MammoPad. The single-use, adhesive-backed foam cushion attaches to the compression plates and makes it even easier for mammography technologists to get the best possible image.

The American Cancer Society reports women can greatly reduce their risk of death from breast cancer if they receive regular mammography screenings. They recommend women 40 and older receive mammograms yearly.