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Advanced Technology

At Jackson Hospital, we believe in giving our patients access to the most advanced technology available for their health care needs. That’s why we offer more cutting-edge technology than any other hospital in the River Region. This technology is guided by an accomplished, capable, professional group of physicians and staff that are dedicated to providing the utmost care to everyone who comes through our doors.

3D Mammography

3D mammography, also referred to as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) or tomo, is one of the latest technological innovations in women’s healthcare. It enables images of the whole breast to be taken in slices, and then reconstructed in 3D. With a more complete image of the breast, 3D mammography has been shown to significantly improve cancer detection with a more complete picture of the breast. This technology offered by at the Jackson Imaging Center provides physicians with a three-dimensional view of the breast and enables them to see between the breast tissues to help perform a more accurate analysis and search for possible abnormalities.

A 3D mammography exam is similar to a standard mammogram. The main difference is that during the scan, the X-ray tube will move to capture multiple images of the breast from different angles. 3D mammography is performed with the same level of compression and takes approximately the same amount of time as a regular 2D mammogram. This new technology provides a sense of calm with soothing lighting and the rounded shapes of the x-ray tube.

This new mammography technology has redesigned the experience of a mammogram, focused on comfort and precision. Previously, patients would have to hold a hand grip on the machine, which can tense muscles and cause discomfort. During a 3D mammogram, patients can rest their arms on an arm rest and relax the shoulder muscles, which can help simplify compression and captures better images of the breast.

Electrophysiology

Electrical impulses, naturally produced inside the body, control the heartbeat. Some ailments might make a person’s heart beat slower or faster, in an irregular pattern known as an arrythmia. A specially trained physician uses an electrophysiology procedure to determine exactly what’s causing this abnormal heart rhythm to occur.

Jackson Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the United States to utilize the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system. This next-generation technology uses intelligent automation tools, allowing for faster, more accurate, high-density mapping. The EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system helps physicians better tailor treatment for complex cases.

Dr. Tamjeed Arshad of The Jackson Clinic Cardiology group specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, which focuses on testing and treating the heart for abnormal rhythms.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBOT, involves a patient entering a pressurized tube or room and breathing pure oxygen. The oxygen inside the tube or room is 3 times higher than normal air pressure, which allows the lungs to gather more oxygen than under normal conditions. This additional oxygen flows through the body via the blood stream and has been shown to help fight bacteria. Oxygen is also key to helping injured tissue heal, in which an increase in oxygen can also speed up healing time for non-healing wounds.

Treatment schedules for HBOT vary depending on each patient’s needs. Treatments could last a few days for more acute conditions or a few weeks for chronic conditions. The first oxygen therapy treatment will involve a compression period in which pressure is gradually increased. After the pressure level is reached, the temperature inside the tube is also increased to a comfortable level. While in the HBOT tube, patients can sleep, watch TV, read, or simply relax. Jackson Hospital utilizes the Sigma 36 hyperbaric chamber, one of the largest chambers available for use. The larger chamber size allows for a more comfortable treatment experience and alleviates confinement anxiety from a small chamber.

Conditions Treated by HBOT

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Radiation tissue damage (Osteoradionecrosis)
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Skin grafts and flaps (Compromised)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Thermal burns
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Clostridial Myonecrosis (Gas gangrene)
  • Actinomycosis
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Decompression sickness
  • Severe anemia
  • Cyanide Poisoning
  • Idiopath IC Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

PET Prostate Scan

Jackson Hospital utilizes the PET prostate scan technology to help detect prostate cancer sooner and save lives. This breakthrough technology can save the lives of prostate cancer patients who would have otherwise had to wait to find out if their cancer had returned. Patients will no longer have to travel outside of Montgomery for the latest technology, and they won’t have to wait long for the results.

Jackson Hospital utilizes the Axumin scan, an FDA-approved scan that can help with early detection of recurrent prostate cancer in patients who have undergone surgery or radiation. Before Axumin, PSA tests and bone scans were the only ways to detect the possibility of recurrent cancer. However, even those tests couldn’t determine the exact location of the cancer unless a patient’s PSA levels were very high. With Axumin, recurrent disease location can be identified with PSA levels of less than 10.

Advantages

Quick. The PET/CT scan only takes about 30 minutes. Once scans are read by an imaging specialist, the results are usually available in a few days. For patients dealing with something as stressful as cancer, or a possible recurrence of the disease, waiting can be agony.

Convenient. The Axumin injection and scan offers a patient the convenience of only having to undergo one test, instead of multiple tests and scans that could take days, or even weeks.

Early Detection. Most importantly, this procedure allows for earlier detection of any recurrent prostate cancer, giving patients the best chance at early treatment and survival.

Robotic Surgery

Jackson Hospital has established one of the Southeast's most advanced robotic surgery centers, and our doctors have logged more hours with this equipment than doctors at any other hospital in the region.

Robotic surgery is a technique in which a surgeon operates using a computer that remotely controls very small instruments attached to robotic arms. The surgeon sits at a computer station nearby, controlling the movement of the robot. The doctor uses several cameras to monitor the progress through the entire surgery, including an endoscope, which is a tube-like camera that allows the surgeon to view through the incision.

Benefits

Quicker recovery. Since a minimally invasive requires smaller incisions than conventional surgery (usually about the diameter of a dime), your body may heal much faster.

Shorter hospital stays. Minimally invasive procedures help get you out of the hospital and back to your life sooner than conventional surgery.

Less scarring. Most incisions are so small that it's hard to notice them after they have healed.

Less pain. Because these procedures are less invasive than conventional surgery, there is typically less pain involved.