Earlier detection. Better results. Fewer risks. NCH advanced technology gives you all three. Your cancer is treated more safely and effectively. You enjoy a higher level of patient care. Our technologies provide greater precision, less pain, faster recovery, and a lower risk of post-treatment side effects.
C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS)
A technology that protects the heart during radiation treatment. The C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) is the latest addition to Radiation Oncology at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). The advanced technology pinpoints radiation treatment to tumor sites. It allows patients and their tumor to be monitored for movement while radiation treatment is administered.
OSMS tracks the patient’s position before and during radiation therapy, aiding in setup and treatment accuracy using 3D stereo camera units. Additionally, it tracks the patient’s skin surface throughout treatment and compares it to the ideal position for the patient with sub-millimeter accuracy. OSMS automatically signals as the patient moves out of alignment, helping adjust and realign the treatment delivery system to target the patient’s tumor.
“When radiation is delivered, we’re trying to optimally deliver dose the tumor and avoid the normal structures such as the heart or lungs. This new technology allows us to precisely image the patient and the motion of the tumor, so we can block the normal tissues and decrease toxicity, both in the short and long term for patients”, explains Stephen Nigh, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Cancer Services at NCH.
C-Rad technology is primarily used as a solution to reduce damage to the heart from radiation for patients with left-sided breast cancer. OSMS gates the radiation beam with the patient’s breathing, so that the radiation beam automatically turns off when the heart gets into the path of the radiation, which is picked up by the cameras monitoring the patients’ skin surface. Published data shows that it decreased the heart volume that was exposed to radiation by 50%.
It can also be effective for patients with lung, pancreatic and even prostate cancer, where precise treatment is needed.
If you are interested in learning more about this technology or to make an appointment with an NCH Radiation Oncologist, call 847-618-6560.
CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System (SRS)
A non-invasive alternative to surgery for cancer. It uses an extremely accurate, computer-controlled robotic arm to target cancer tumors with high dose radiation. Treatment duration is shorter than traditional radiation therapies for cancer. We were the first hospital in the Chicago area to offer this groundbreaking cancer-fighting technology. Learn more about CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System.
da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
The gold standard for minimally invasive cancer surgery. This breakthrough technology allows a surgeon to view 3-D images of the surgical field while sitting at a computer console. Hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into precise robotic arm movements. This gives surgeons greater precision and the patient less pain, fewer side effects and a shorter hospital stay after cancer surgery. Learn more about da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
Wide Bore 4D CT
Accurately targets cancerous tumors with radiation while sparing the surrounding tissue.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Radiation therapy that delivers a finely tuned dose of radiation, precisely tailored to match the tumor in three dimensions, while leaving the surrounding tissue relatively untouched.
Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3D Mammography
This advanced technology has been shown to increase breast cancer detection and reduce false-positives results. Read more about NCH mammography services.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT is the process of frequent two and three-dimensional imaging, during a course of radiation treatment, used to direct radiation therapy utilizing the imaging coordinates of the actual radiation treatment plan.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
HDR is a highly effective method of treating early stage breast cancer, esophageal cancer and cervical cancer. NCH is a leader in treating early stage breast cancers with a process called accelerated partial breast therapy (APBI).
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
Allows more patients to conserve their breasts, avoid mastectomy and complete their local therapy in less than two weeks.
Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy
An extremely effective method for treating early stage prostate and gynecologic cancers. Unlike external beam radiation, which delivers a high dose of radiation from outside the body, this technique is a low energy type of radiation therapy. In prostate cancer, tiny radioactive seeds are implanted permanently inside the prostate to kill cancer cells. Low dose rate brachytherapy is also extremely effective in treating gynecologic cancers. LDR minimizes radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue.
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
EBRT is a method for delivering radiation therapy to a patient's tumor.
Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
Use of computerized tomography to generate 3-D images of internal anatomy. Sophisticated computer software then uses these images to target the cancerous tumors.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy
VMAT allows single or multiple radiation beams to sweep in an uninterrupted arc around the patient dramatically speeding up treatment delivery, reducing treatment time and dosage to the patient. IGRT uses cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for real time imaging adjustments to the treatment plan, improving accuracy and reducing radiation to healthy tissue.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
This newly acquired technology helps physicians with staging and diagnosing lung cancers and improves quality of care delivered to patients.
Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS)
ABUS is a comfortable, screening option for women with dense breast tissue. When used in addition to mammography, it can improve breast cancer detection by 35.7 percent over mammography alone.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) -
ERCP is a technique that combines the use of endoscopy and fluoroscopy to diagnose and treat certain problems of the biliary or pancreatic ductal systems.
3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3T MRI)
The magnetic field produced by a 3T MRI system yields exceptional anatomic detail. This allows for shorter more accurate scans.
BARRX HALO360 Ablation System
Innovative, non-surgical treatment for Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition affecting the lining of the esophagus. HALO Ablation Therapy uses radio-frequency electrodes to remove or destroy pre-cancerous cells, thus reducing the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
Calypso® 4D Localization Therapy
Northwest Community Hospital is one of only three healthcare institutions in Illinois with this radiation therapy technology. NCH's prostate cancer services offers Calypso® 4D Localization Radiation Therapy, also known as GPS for the Body®, which tracks tumors for more accurate radiation therapy. Tiny beacons that emit radio signals are implanted in the cancerous prostate, helping radiologists pinpoint its location in real time for intensive treatment. Thus, the targeted "GPS" helps reduce damage to surrounding tissue.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RF Ablation)
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive technique to treat tumors in solid organs. Primarily used in the treatment of liver tumors, it can also be used to treat tumors of the lung, bone, and kidney. Learn about Radiofrequency Ablation at NCH.
Chemoembolization is most beneficial to patients whose malignancy is limited to the liver. This technique allows for a treatment that can be focused on cancerous cells that have spread to the liver and does not expose the rest of the body to the chemotherapy. Explore Chemoembolization at NCH.