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Technology

Offering Premier Neurological Services

Deaconess neuro professionals are equipped with the latest technology in the field.  In addition to standard diagnostic and procedural equipment, our patients benefit from tools that allow us to deliver superior care.

Coiling

Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh is the only facility in the region that offers aneurysm embolization, or "coiling," a new method for repairing both ruptured and unruptured aneurysms in the brain.

Neuronavigation

One of the most promising advances in neurological surgery is in the area of computer-image guided surgery.  Deaconess is at the cutting edge of this revolution as the only hospital in the area using neuronavigational, or biplane, technology .  Deaconess surgeons apply the technology to both brain and spinal surgeries.  Patients benefit from a reduced risk of complications, less pain and shorter recovery times.

Intraoperative Monitoring

Intraoperative monitoring (IOM) continuously monitors a patient's nervous system during surgery and alerts the surgeon of slight changes in neurological status. Certain changes in neuro-electrical activity provide warning of imminent danger to the neurological system, so IOM allows the surgeon to take corrective action before damage occurs.

IOM is indicated for surgeries involving the spinal column, including the spinal cord and the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Technician education is quite extensive with our first technician spending a total of seven days training in Wisconsin, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Penumbra System

The Penumbra System is designed to improve blood circulation to the brain by removing obstructions from large cranial vessels that are causing acute ischemic stroke, a stroke that occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.  The Penumbra System uses multiple devices that are sized to match the size of the blocked blood vessel to gently remove the clot.

Merci Retrieval System

The Merci Retrieval System physically removes blood clots from the brains of patients experiencing ischemic stroke. The blood clot is removed by inserting the Merci catheter through an artery to the brain. A miniature corkscrew-shaped device is used to pull the clot out, restoring blood flow to the brain.