High-Tech Approach to Anatomy at the School of Medicine

By | Education, Innovation, Medical Innovations and Technology, Press Releases, Recent Releases

UNLV’s new School of Medicine takes innovative approach to teaching human anatomy with interactive imaging technology.

Editor’s Note: The UNLV School of Medicine recently opened its enrollment process and in less than 10 days received more than 650 applications — more than half from Nevada residents or students who have ties to Nevada.

For generations, dissecting cadavers has been a seminal moment for medical students. It’s the way that human anatomy was brought to life, so to speak.

“I can still vividly see and smell the cadaver I worked on 46 years ago,” says Barbara Atkinson, founding dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. But she also found it limiting as a teaching tool. “I wanted to see so much more of the body than one small section. I wanted to see how the whole body fit together.”

UNLV School of Medicine students will learn anatomy using virtual anatomy tables, large interactive touchscreens. Primed with a library of clinical images — X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, pathology slides and all the other diagnostic tools at a physicians disposal — the virtual anatomy table can display body images in a wide variety of perspectives. It can show a specific organ and rotate it in three dimensions. It can offer a cross-sectional of the right half of a brain, explore a branch of the circulatory system or zoom-in to a tumor cell.

And unlike those cadavers, the table is fully interactive. Faculty and students control the image by simply touching or dragging one or more fingers across the screen.  A student can view successive horizontal sections of the body cavity and its internal structures by dragging three fingers down the table. In a similar way, students can virtually slice through an anatomical structure ‒ in essence, dissecting it.

Supplementing the images are lessons that guide the students through the anatomy, basic anatomical concepts, and descriptions of specific features. So when students display an anatomical structure, they can immediately identify what it is and what it does.

But perhaps most important, says Dr. Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs and education, the virtual anatomy experiences are built around challenging clinical cases, where understanding human anatomy is key to solving the clinical case.

An Improved Way of Learning Anatomy

Virtual anatomy presents several distinct advantages over the traditional approach to gross anatomy:

Realistic: It prepares students for how they will interact with anatomy as physicians. Cosgrove explains, “Today physicians use so many different imaging procedures to diagnose their patients. Virtual anatomy gives students a sense of anatomy as they will actually experience it once they are practicing physicians.”

Repetition: Students can virtually dissect the body and repeat the process as many times as needed. By comparison, once tissue is removed from a cadaver, it’s gone.

Visibility: Students can view anatomical structures in a many different perspectives and angles including 2D cross-section and 3D rotation, which make body structures easy to display, even the hard-to-find ones in tightly confined areas of a human cadaver.

A Multi-Station Anatomy Experience

Students will receive two hours a week of intensive anatomy experience during the school’s scientific foundation phase. In addition to working with the virtual anatomy tables, students will use anatomic models and skeletons to further their knowledge. They also will observe cadavers professionally dissected by Emilio Puentadura, associate professor in the UNLV physical therapy department.

In short, UNLV School of Medicine students will experience a state-of-the art approach to learning that will prepare them for medical practice with a sophisticated, three-dimensional understanding of the structure of the human body.

Henderson Hospital Becomes First Hospital In The U.S. To Install Bacteria Fighting Operating Room Light Fixtures

By | Medical Innovations and Technology

Indigo-Clean™ light fixtures installed to help keep patients safe at newly built hospital

Henderson Hospital is the first hospital in the U.S. to purchase and install the Indigo-Clean™ operating light fixtures. Helping to keep patients safe by continuously disinfecting the environment, Indigo-Clean™ has been clinically proven to reduce harmful bacteria up to 70 percent beyond routine disinfection efforts.

Henderson Hospital, the newest acute care hospital within The Valley Health System, installed Indigo-Clean™ light fixtures in their operating rooms and recovering spaces, helping to proactively kill harmful bacteria before it enters the body.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of hospitals across the U.S. by providing this new, proven technology as another tool to help keep our patients safe,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO and Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Maintaining a safe, clean environment for our patients is our number one priority. Indigo-Clean™ safely, automatically, and continuously disinfects the environment, which means there is no need for room downtime when it’s in use.” He further added, “Because the Indigo-Clean system is automated, it doesn’t require a person to operate it which also reduces risk of human error. These concerns are particularly important in our Operating Rooms which are in constant use throughout the day.”

Indigo-Clean™, a patented, continuous environmental disinfection technology, is not UV light. It uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate visible white light that also contains a narrow spectrum of indigo colored light. The indigo color uses a wavelength of 405 nanometers (nm), which automatically and continuously disinfects the environment. Indigo-Clean features two modes of disinfection: White Disinfection Mode provides ambient lighting and continuous environmental disinfection while the room is occupied; When the room is not in use, the control system automatically selects Indigo-Disinfection Mode to provide maximum disinfection power.

Unlike other systems that require the room to be taken out of service and/or activated by a trained operator, Indigo-Clean™ is automatic which minimizes human error and room downtime. Partnering Indigo-Clean’s continuous environmental disinfection technology with current cleaning protocols leave the room cleaner and safer for the patients and staff.

“As an innovator in healthcare lighting and a leader in LED lighting, we are excited to bring healthcare providers, like Henderson Hospital, this effective, revolutionary environmental disinfection tool to bolster current cleaning methods, providing a safer environment for their patients,” said Cliff Yahnke, Ph.D., Kenall’s Director of Clinical Affairs for Indigo-Clean™. “We applaud Henderson Hospital for being an early adopter and look forward to seeing Indigo-Clean’s™ presence in other hospitals as healthcare providers continue to realize its benefits.”

The Valley Health System plans to install the Indigo-Clean™ light fixtures in additional facilities in the Las Vegas area over the next few months.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital, opening in Fall 2016, will offer emergency, surgical, cardiovascular, and women’s health care, including maternity. For more information, visit www.hendersonhospital.com

Imaging Gets An Upgrade

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Medical Innovations and Technology

One alternative on the market today in Las Vegas is the upright MRI. The technology is another form of an open magnet with some twists and turns.  Lake Mead Radiology MRI technician Steven Torres, who works with the technology daily, said the unit has capabilities that surpass its closed-magnet rivals.“When you’re in the upright, it kind of pushes (the spine) down so you can see the compression, but when you’re laying down in other MRIs, it’s relaxed.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Business Press

Varian Training Worth $20 Million To Economy

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Medical Innovations and Technology

Varian has been in Las Vegas for more than 15 years. It manufactures, tests and ships 10 different models of its Linatron high energy X-ray linear accelerator equipment, used for cargo security and nondestructive testing. The unit can scan the contents of shipping containers in minutes and is in use at cargo screening installations at ports and border crossings worldwide.

Read more at the Las Vegas Business Press

Radiologists Play A Key Role In Modern Medicine

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Medical Innovations and Technology

Steinberg described the typical scenario this way: A family doctor sends a patient to a radiologist with an order to take an image and read it and explain why the patient is losing weight, in pain, or can’t swallow.  “The radiologist frequently tells you what’s wrong or that we see nothing,” Steinberg said. “We take the mystery out of pain and label it. It’s terribly relieving. When you label something, they lose the fear of the unknown. The radiologist defines the mystery whether it’s cancer or nothing found. It’s exciting and fun.”

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Adds Pulmonary Division

By | Advancements/New Physicians/Management, Healthcare Innovation OPM, Healthcare Tourism OPM, Medical Innovations and Technology, Medical Tourism, Specialty Clinics/Research Facilities

LAS VEGAS — Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) announced today the addition of a Pulmonary Division to its practice, adding to its multidisciplinary practice and offering more services to patients, especially those with lung and bronchus cancer – the leading cause of cancer deaths in Nevada. Beginning June 1, 2015, The Lung Center of Nevada will join as the new Pulmonary Division at CCCN and will consist of two nurse practitioners and five physicians.

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