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Medical breakthrough technology comes to Mid-Michigan

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Medical technology is taking off like it never has before with practical fixes for complex problems.

New limbs are being made in 3D printers and methods are being developed to transplant new and different body parts to people in need.

"A lot of patients are seeking these technological advances," said Aimie Goodrow, manager of the operating rooms at Covenant Healthcare.

Goodrow said their robotic da Vinci surgical systems are top of the line. She touts the machine as a real medical advance that changes the way her patients are treated on the operating table.

"Decreased bleeding, the scarring is less, recovery time is sooner, pain is less," she said.

St. Mary's of Michigan has their own cutting edge technology in the form of CyberKnife.

There are only three of them in Michigan, according to Tushar Shah, radiation oncologist at St. Mary's.

There is one in Saginaw, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

Shah said CyberKnife has been around a few years, but is one of the best ways to treat cancer anywhere in the country.

"We can treat a tumor anywhere in the body, not just on the brain," he said.

Shah said the CyberKnife isn't really a knife at all. There's no cutting involved. Instead, it's a non-invasive robotic radiosurgery system designed to deliver radio beams of radiation to the tumor with accuracy down to a millimeter.

Hospital officials said the tumors have nowhere to hide.

"We can track the tumor in real time," Shah said.

This tool makes inoperable cancer patients operable, giving new hope to patients.

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