Technology Advantage

How important is the right technology?

There was a time when the humble stethoscope was a modern marvel — a time before mammograms, MRIs, heart-lung machines or surgical robots.

Today brings unparalleled advancements in health care technology that can mean unparalleled benefits to you and your loved ones. The right technology, placed in the hands of highly skilled and caring staff, can yield some of the most successful and innovative outcomes.

Throughout Methodist Health System, our continuing investment in state-of-the-art technology enhances our ability to provide each patient an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and smoother transition to better health. We are here, ready should you need us, with an arsenal of weapons against disease and a storehouse of high-tech tools to help you live a longer, healthier life.

One such investment is the recent ability to perform CryoAblation procedures on patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular quivering or rapid heart rhytm in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart.

Methodist Health System is the only facility in the Omaha community able to perform the procedure.

Learn more by watching the video or read more here.

Digital Mammography

Using Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), this filmless technology offers the advantage of immediate image availability, access to breast areas not reached with analog images, and image manipulation. Read more about digital mammography at Methodist Health System. Schedule a digital mammogram.

Fast-Scanning, Ultra-Accurate Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Getting an MRI is a more positive experience with our fast-scanning Achieva 1.5T and 3.0T MR Systems that provide the highest quality diagnostic images. Read more about imaging and MRI exams at Methodist Health System.

Completely Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

We offer the area's only high-field vertical open MRI experience using the Philips Panorama 1.0T system. This is the world's first truly open high-field MRI with the highest quality images available in the comfort of the open environment. Read more about this patient-comfort designed MRI with superior clinical excellence.

Telemedicine Helps in High-Risk Pregnancies

Norfolk patients with a high risk pregnancy and their providers can connect to Methodist Hospital perinatologists through a video and audio link. Specialists in the care and treatment of the unborn baby, perinatologists at Methodist help the high risk mother-to-be to stay in her community while getting the specialized care she and her baby need. Read about mother and baby services at Methodist, the most popular name for babies.

Leksell Gamma Knife®

A pain-free radiosurgical tool for the treatment of brain tumors. The Gamma Knife places radiation beams to within one-tenth of a millimeter of its target site for unsurpassed accuracy, shorter hospital stays and fewer side effects than other treatments. Read more about the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and the Gamma Knife.

Da Vinci Computer-Assisted Surgical System

Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center houses two Da Vinci systems providing robotic-assisted surgical treatment. The millimeter-sized incisions used provide patients with shorter hospital stays, decreased need for pain medication, and a quicker return to normal activities. Read more about the Da Vinci systems.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

This emerging technology uses high radiation doses delivered in a shorter time to kill tumors. This produces surgical results without an incision of opening. Read more about SRS.

Elekta Synergy® Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

This unique technology allows doctors to image and treat conditions simultaneously. The physician can get a real-time comprehensive picture of a tumor during radiation treatments. This precise technology targets less healthy tissue, speeds recovery and improves the outcome for the patient. Read more about IGRT.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

This ultra-precise form of 3-D radiation therapy uses varying intensity within individual radiation beams to achieve organ-sparing treatment that minimizes the radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues. Read more about IMRT.

Oncology Research - Clinical Trials

The Oncology Research Department coordiates participation of the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center patients in cooperative group, industry, national and international research studies focused on promising new treatments. Read about the clinical trials at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.

Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System

Methodist Hospital is the only facility in the Omaha area to offer the Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system, the first and only cryoballoon in the United States indicated to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, a serious heart rhythm disorder that affects millions of Americans. Unlike traditional ablation treatments that use radiofrequency, or heat, to destroy faulty electrical circuits in the heart, the balloon-based technology ablates cardiac tissue through the use of a coolant rather than heat, which is delivered through a catheter. Read more about CryoAblation here, and watch a video here.

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