As a regional leader in healthcare, Memorial Hospital of South Bend is driven by a mission to serve its community by implementing breakthrough technological services to ensure quality and safety for our patients. Equipping our staff with the most cutting-edge technology has been central to our guiding principle of providing the most advanced medical treatments possible.
Memorial Hospital of South Bend provides cutting-edge technology in the following areas:
Computerized Physician Order Entry
Safety is a way of life at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. This dedication to safety is demonstrated by Memorial’s implementation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system. CPOE simplifies the entry process of patient treatment instructions, reducing the possibility for medical errors. Advantages of CPOE include:
- Fewer errors
- Faster treatment
- Appropriate care
- Greater capabilities
High Dose Remote Brachytherapy
HDR treatment utilizes catheters to introduce small radioactive sources into the tumor area. Once there, the source delivers the radiation to the tumor. Once time expires, the source safely retracts into the HDR unit. This highly specialized form of radiation treatment takes extensive planning and quality checks by an experienced team of physicists and a physician. Memorial Radiation Oncology's HDR (High Dose Remote) Brachytherapy program offers advanced treatment options for:
- Gynecological Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Esophagus Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer
If you have additional questions about our Brachytherapy program, please call 574-647-7461.
Prone Breast Radiation
Memorial Regional Cancer Center has introduced prone breast radiation as another innovative option to treat breast cancer in our community. This new therapy technique is administered while the patient lies on a specially designed breast board to isolate only the area targeted for treatment. In this position, radiation exposure to the heart and lungs is minimized. Studies have shown that receiving radiation to the breast while lying in the prone position has many benefits, while maintaining the same level of long-term control.
RapidArc® radiotherapy technology is a major advance from Varian Medical Systems that improves dose conformity while significantly shortening treatment times. RapidArc® delivers treatments two to eight times faster than our fastest dynamic treatments today and increases precision - a winning combination that enables physicians to improve the standard of care and treat more patients. Since its implementation in July of 2011, Memorial has already seen a drastic decrease in the amount of time required for each patient's daily treatment. Click here to watch a short informational video.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program
Since its implementation, the Memorial's Stereotactic Radiosurgery program has successfully treated over 70 cases. Initially used to treat small brain tumors, the program expanded to include benign brain conditions such as AVMs (arterial venous malformations) and trigeminal neuralgia. The Stereotactic program has since grown to include Body Stereotactic Radiosurgery. This technique can be used to treat small tumors in the lung, liver or spinal cord.
Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator
The Trilogy has dual-image guidance capabilities with the ability to take diagnostic quality x-rays and acquire a CT scan from robotic arms extending from the machine, thereby giving the therapist or physician "real-time" positioning images. This precision allows the physician to encompass a smaller area of margin around the tumor, sparing healthy tissues. Trilogy also has stereotactic capabilities - radiation which can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy.
Varian Truebeam Linear Accelerator
TrueBeam is engineered from the ground up to deliver powerful image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments for cancer with pinpoint accuracy and precision. TrueBeam uniquely integrates advanced imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated new architecture that makes it possible to deliver treatments very quickly while monitoring and compensating for respiratory tumor motion, opening the door to new possibilities for the treatment of lung, breast, prostate and other forms of cancer.
Several studies have been conducted on a condition known as Encephalopathy, which is a term used to describe infants who have “global brain dysfunction”. When this condition results from decreased oxygen flow to the brain in the peripartum period, it is known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). When cooling is initiated within six hours of birth and continued for 72 hours, study outcomes have shown improved results in the form of decreased mortality and improved neuro-development. In the management of HIE, cooling therapy has become a part of the armamentarium for care providers. This is probably the only intervention available presently that actually decreases the severity of brain injury after a hypoxic-ischemic insult.
Please call Memorial’s NICU at 574-647-7141 with questions.
Continuous EEG Monitoring
Continuous EEG monitoring of patients at high risk for seizures or other neurological problems is used to help reduce brain injury in infants who incurred trauma prior to or during birth. Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was one of the first in the U.S. to introduce continuous EEG monitoring for clinical use and remains a leader in helping other hospitals adopt this technology.
GE Giraffe® OmniBed
The GE Giraffe® OmniBend in Memorial’s NICU allows caregivers to handle premature babies while still keeping them warm, comfortable, and therefore, safe. The Memorial NICU became the first in the region to have an OmniBed and was able to save several lives within its first few months of implementation. The OmniBed controls noise, temperature, heat and humidity so that the baby’s body can focus on growing and healing.
Heart and Vascular Center
Arctic Front™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system
Memorial Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer new medical technology for the treatment of a heart rhythm disorder that affects millions of Americans. This innovative cryoballoon treatment involves a minimally invasive procedure that creates lesions around the pulmonary veins to ablate cardiac tissue through the use of subzero temperatures delivered by a small balloon. Freezing is thought to be less traumatic to the protective layer of cells on the inside of the heart and blood vessels – therefore safer.
To learn more, call MACI at 574-647-8120 or visit maci.memorialmedicalgroup.org.
Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing
Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing is a non-invasive test used to assess heart and lung function at rest and during exercise. It is the gold standard to quantify exercise capacity and to determine the exact mechanism of exercise intolerance. It is used to detect early stages of heart or lung disease and can differentiate between heart or lung impairment. It can also be used to customize medication and effectiveness of therapies.
Discovery™ NM 530
The Discovery™ NM 530 nuclear imaging system is a revolutionary device that captures highly detailed pictures of the heart, enabling doctors to assess the location, extent and severity of heart disease quickly and accurately.
Patients receive the following benefits:
- Reduced radiation exposure by 30 - 60%
- Scan time reduced from 15-20 minutes to 3-5 minutes
- Improved image quality
- More accurate diagnosis
The Memorial Advanced Cadiovascular Institute is currently the only facility in the area using this technology. To learn more, call MACI at 574-647-8120 or visit maci.memorialmedicalgroup.org.
Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system
Memorial Hospital of South Bend became the first hospital in the state of Indiana to implement a Revo MRI™ SureScan® Pacing System. With this cutting-edge technology, this new device is designed to address safety concerns around MRI procedures for patients who have implanted pacemakers by reducing or eliminating several hazards produced by the MRI environment.
Hybrid Operating Rooms
The hybrid surgical suites allow for interventional radiologists and surgeons to combine procedures for treatment of peripheral vascular disease or aneurysm on the same day in the same place. No other hospital in the region has hybrid surgical suites. The hybrid operating suites house the neuro-interventional biplane angiography system that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, brain and neck tumors and other neurological problems.
To learn more about Memorial Vascular Interventional Institute and how interventional radiology can enhance your quality of life, call The Health Professionals at 574-647-6800.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
There is hope for those still struggling with depression after traditional therapies don't work. A cutting-edge, non-drug therapy approved by the FDA - called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - is making waves on the mental health care scene. TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field to stimulate function in the brain areas known to affect mood – areas that are underactive in depression patients.
Memorial Epworth is seeing great success with TMS therapy. For more information and to make an appointment for a consultation, please call 574-647-1908, or visit the Memorial Medical Group Behavioral Health web page.
Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR)
This new imaging technique is an upgrade from traditional computed tomography (CT) scanner units and is used to deliver scanning with low doses of radiation. Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR) can help reduce image quantum noise while maintaining superior image quality. With lower doses of radiation, patients will decrease their exposure by approximately 40%.
This high-performance X-ray digital diagnostic imaging system improves the efficiency and precision of digital imaging. This technological upgrade provides superior image quality while lessening the radiation dose to patients. It also provides for decreased patient waiting times.
Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system
Memorial Hospital of South Bend became the first hospital in the state of Indiana to implement a Revo MRI™ SureScan®Pacing System. With this cutting-edge technology, this new device is designed to address safety concerns around MRI procedures for patients who have implanted pacemakers by reducing or eliminating several hazards produced by the MRI environment.
NeruoCom SMART EquiTest
The NeuroCom SMART EquiTest is a device that tests individuals experiencing imbalance or dizziness, providing objective data to maximize clinical treatment results. Patients receive the following benefits:
- Reduced potential for injury or further injury
- A pinpointed cause of a patient’s balance difficulties
- Therapeutic care to treat each particular balance issue
- Restored balance and mobility
To learn more or to undergo a NeuroCom test, call 574-647-2930 or visit qualityoflife.org/rehab.
The FAST™ Technique (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue)
Memorial Sports Medicine Institute is using cutting-edge surgical technology to help people suffering from tendon pain. The FAST™ Technique (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue) is a minimally invasive surgery that removes tendon scar tissue in people of all ages.
For more information about how the FAST™ Technique can help you, call 574-289-4SMI.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology include:
- Safe and Effective
- Minimally Invasive
- Minimal Bleeding
- Quick Recovery Time
- Does Not Limit Treatment Options
Click here to learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty Technology or contact the Memorial Health Professionals at 574-647-6800.
da Vinci Surgical System
The da Vinci Surgical System combines robotic and surgical technology to create an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Memorial Hospital of South Bend boasts the most advanced da Vinci robots on the market with features unique from other robots in the area. There are more da Vinci-trained surgeons at Memorial than anywhere in the region, performing more kinds of da Vinci surgeries than any other hospital in Northern Indiana.
Click here to learn more about The da Vinci Surgical System or call the Incision Decision Line at 574-647-6800 to see if da Vinci is right for you.
Hybrid Operating Rooms
The hybrid surgical suites allows for interventional radiologists and surgeons to combine procedures for treatment of peripheral vascular disease or aneurysm on the same day in the same place. No other hospital in the region has hybrid surgical suites. The hybrid operating suites house the neuro-interventional biplane angiography system that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, brain and neck tumors and other neurological problems.
iFuse Implant System®
The iFuse Implant System® is an innovative minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the SI joint is fused to its intended position by inserting three small titanium implants across the sacroiliac joint to stabilize and fuse it. The iFuse Implant System®generates a multitude of patient benefits including:
- One-hour surgery
- Minimal scarring and blood loss
- Minimal pain
- Fewer complications
- Speedy recovery
To learn more about this innovative procedure, call 866-588-5319.
The FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) Exam
Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) is an ultrasound examination used by emergency physicians and surgeons to quickly determine if a trauma patient is experiencing internal bleeding. The FAST exam offers a quick, minimally invasive procedure that does not require radiation exposure, all while achieving tremendous accuracy.
Hybrid Operating Rooms
The hybrid surgical suites allow interventional radiologists and surgeons to combine procedures for treatment of peripheral vascular disease or aneurysm on the same day in the same place. The surgical suites provide state-of-the-art technology to critically injured patients rapidly. By providing simultaneous emergency operative interventions and interventional radiology procedures, we can help stop bleeding and save lives. No other hospital in the region has hybrid surgical suites.
At Memorial Hospital of South Bend, we offer high quality, rapid transport services to help accommodate the needs of patients throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan and other surrounding areas. To learn more about our transport services, including: our brand new Memorial MedFlight helicopter, Pediatric Emergency Transport (PETS), Newborn Intensive Care Transport and Transfer Direct; please visit the Medical Transport Services page.