Diagnosing and treating complex injuries
ProHealth Care offers some of today's most sophisticated technology for diagnosing and treating complex injuries and disorders of the brain and nervous system. This investment in leading-edge technology is typically found only at larger academic research hospitals.
These advanced tools, in the hands of our skilled specialists, are used to diagnose and treat any neurological disorder. They help physicians make accurate and timely diagnoses, offer more accurate pre-surgical planning and help determine how aggressive surgery and treatment can be — all to provide improved patient outcomes.
CyberKnife – combines continuous image-guidance technology with a compact linear accelerator that moves in three dimensions as directed by the treatment plan. With this combination, radiosurgery can be used to treat tumors anywhere in the body while minimizing injury to healthy tissue around the tumors.
Neuroimaging serves as a comprehensive diagnostic tool with applications in many diseases, including brain tumors, MS, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Fiber Tractography – maps the direction water molecules diffuse in the brain, which theoretically correlates to the direction white matter tracts (nerves) are traveling as well. Our physicians use this technology to preoperatively identify nerve fibers that may be injured by an adjacent brain tumor and nerve fibers that are at risk for injury should the tumor be resected, thus allowing our neurosurgeons to operate more safely and effectively.
Perfusion Imaging – uses contrast dye to evaluate the flow of blood through vessels in normal and abnormal areas of the brain. This data is used to create images of relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV), which provides important information about tumor aggressiveness and may help predict tumor grade and response to treatment.
MR Spectroscopy – Reveals the chemical composition of abnormal regions in the brain, allowing our physicians to preoperatively distinguish brain tumors from other non-cancerous lesions.
fMRI – augments structural MRI by producing information regarding neural activity of the imaged tissue. Waukesha Memorial Hospital is one of fewer than 1 percent of community-based medical centers in the United States to offer this new and innovative diagnostic technology. Recognized as a powerful tool to assist in the early diagnosis of dementia, mild cognitive impairment and other neurologic disorders, fMRI also precisely identifies sites for brain tumor and other head and brain surgeries.
64-slice CT – completes extremely fast exams, using 80 percent less radiation for some exams, while tailoring the 3-D image quality, anatomic coverage and scan speeds to meet complex diagnostic needs and to perform other neurology studies more effectively.
Monitoring and navigational systems
Electroencephalography (EEG) – A seizure monitoring system that utilizes a continuous video electroencephalography (EEG) is the latest for analysis of known seizures or diagnosis of suspected seizures and other spells of unknown etiology.
Neuro Navigational System – for complex cranial and spinal surgery procedures. This system integrates CT and MRI imaging to accurately guide the surgeon.
Awake Cortical Mapping – for functional assessment of cortical activity during intracranial surgery. This system allows preservation of critical brain structure in tumor, vascular or epilepsy surgical resections.