Cancer center receives new technology

On Monday, August 24, the Southeast Cancer Center used its Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) for the first time during a stereotactic radiosurgery procedure. OSMS is also indicated for use in stereotactic body radiotherapy and deep inspiration breath hold radiation therapy.

"As we deliver radiation to the accuracy of .1mm, we have to4980BuckyBuchananRSMSSetup310x153 ensure the patient remains still to the same degree," said Scott Griffin, director, Southeast Cancer Center.

The OSMS technology monitors patient movement during treatment by comparing images from ceiling mounted sensors to existing CT imagery that was created during treatment planning. If movement is detected, beam delivery is interrupted until the patient returns to the allowable position for treatment.

"This is somewhat of a first for the nation," Griffin added. "Although OSMS technology is not new, our application is the first time it has been retrofitted to a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator. Typically OSMS is integrated with the installation of a newer accelerator."

OSMS will be included when SAMC installs its new True Beam linear accelerator later this year. This will double our capacity for these advanced procedures, which require involvement from our neurosurgeons.

Bucky Buchanan, chief nuclear physicist, Radiation Oncology, performs quality assurance tests prior to the first stereotactic radiosurgery case using OSMS on August 24.

Women’s Center 3rd Level Cross Walk closing for repairs

The cross walk from the West parking Deck to the Women’s Center will be closed for repair beginning September 21 through the 25.5715WomensCenterWalkway310x153 This will also include the drive way that passes under the cross walk. This closing will impact patient, visitor and employee flow as well as emergency and routine vehicular traffic.

During this time, no traffic will be allowed through the cross walk and no traffic will be allowed under the cross walk. All emergency vehicles will need to access the Emergency Department from the South from Alma Street. All patient and visitor traffic will also need to access the Outpatient Building and Emergency Department from the South from Alma Street. Patients and visitors may enter the Heart and Vascular entrance to access Women’s Center and Heart and Vascular Center services.

Appropriate signage will be in place during this closing. Thank you for your cooperation!

SAMC receives second surgical robot

On Monday, August 17, Surgical Services received its second da Vinci surgical robot, strengthening SAMC's position as the region's first and foremost expert on robotic surgery. B4755UnboxDaVinciXi310x153SAMC was the region's first hospital to offer the da Vinci robotic system. We have done more robotic surgeries than any other hospital in the area. We performed the region's first robotic assisted thorax surgery. For our patients, this means we have the most experienced and highly skilled robotic surgeons and surgery team in the region.

SAMC offers the region's most robotic surgery trained physicians - 17 - including 8 Gynecologists, 5 Urologists, 2 Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeons and 2 General Surgeons.

"The need for a second da Vinci arises from our continued surgical growth and advancing robotic techniques beyond prostatectomies and gynecological surgeries to general and thoracic surgeries," said SAMC CEO Ron Owen. "I am very proud we were the first to bring the advanced da Vinci technology to the region. We are the most experienced in robotic surgery, having more trained surgeons and performing more complex robotic procedures than any other hospital in the region."

The da Vinci Xi was displayed in the front lobby of the hospital on Tuesday, August 18 from noon - 4 p.m.

Benefits of robotically assisted surgery include less pain, less scarring and less recovery time.

SAMC introduced robotically assisted surgery to the region in January, 2006 with the da Vinci prostatectomy. Since that date more than 2,500 surgeries ranging from prostatectomy to hysterectomy to hernia repair and thoracotomy have been completed using the da Vinci surgical robot.