Prof. Ehud Davidson, Director of Soroka Medical Center, said,
“Soroka, as Israel’s leading hospital, has taken upon itself to reduce the gaps in healthcare, including the purchase of the most advanced medical technology for the benefit of residents of the Negev.”
As part of the processes to purchase advanced medical technologies and the momentum in building and developing infrastructures, over the past year Soroka Hospital has purchased advanced devices and equipment that is some of the best in Israel and around the world.
The da Vinci surgical robot
Robotic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure at the forefront of surgical technology and robotics, is performed through several small incisions.
The da Vinci Surgical System has combined advanced abilities: three-dimensional (3D) vision with high and enlarged resolution along with precise motor abilities that allow the surgeon improved visualization and precision. It also translates the surgeon's movements into smaller and more precise movements through the use of small instruments that have a wider range for bending and twisting than the human wrist. The robot enables access to complex anatomy, greater precision in reconstruction procedures, radical excisions and cleaning of malignant cells, if necessary.
These abilities make it possible for surgeons to perform both routine and complex surgeries, while reducing the risk to patients, reducing pain, shortening recovery time in standard surgical procedures and enabling a quick return to routine.
The robot will be used by surgeons who have been certified to work with the system in various fields of medicine: urology, surgical oncology, general surgery, thoracic surgery and gynecology.
The da Vinci robot was purchased with the help of Ben Gurion University and a donation from the Wolfson Foundation.
Biplane neuroangiography room for brain and spinal catheterizations
One of the most advanced rooms of its kind in the world that is equipped with a two-dimensional imaging device by Philips. The device images the brain from two sides at the same time, projects it onto two different screens and allows the person performing the brain catheterization to receive a great deal of information from a single image, significantly reducing the amount of radiation to the subject.
The major advantage is that it makes it possible to perform complex procedures with far greater precision, while reducing catheterization time. The advanced equipment enables all types of procedures to be performed: Treatment of a brain aneurysm, vascular defects in the brain and spinal cord, stroke, implantation of stents in the arteries in the neck and brain, and innovative treatment for patients suffering from an in intracranial pressure due to venal stenosis.
The room was purchased with the generous assistance of the Crown Family Foundation.
Linear accelerator to treat cancer patients
The accelerator, one of the world’s most advanced, is an innovative device designed for cancer patients who need to undergo radiotherapy as part of their oncological treatment. This innovative technology that accelerates electron beams to a speed that approaches the speed of light.
This process generates rays that treat tumors at the depth of the tissue and enable the highest possible precision when penetrating deep tissues, while reducing radiation exposure to the healthy organs located next to the tumor area and reduces the side effects of radiation.
The new accelerator integrates systems for X-rays and CTs, and precise diagnostics can be performed using a single system.
With the new device for radiotherapy patients, a series of numerous radiation days is scheduled.
The linear accelerator was purchased with funds from Clalit.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the Cardiology Division
The new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory contains the most modern technology available in the field of invasive cardiology.
Until just a few years ago, treatment through cardiac catheterization was primarily focused on expanding the coronary arteries. Today, catheterization can be used to expand valves and implant artificial valves. In the new catheterization room, the medical procedures can be performed under optimal conditions.
The quality of the image is one of the most important elements during performance of the procedure. The system in the catheterization room allows for a wide range of options for quality visualization with a lower level of radiation.
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory was purchased with funds from Clalit.
Prof. Ehud Davidson, Director of Soroka Medical Center, said, “As Israel’s leading hospital and the only hospital in a large geographical area, Soroka Medical Center strives to minimize existing health care gaps, including purchasing the most advanced medical technology. Operation of the linear accelerator, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, the da Vinci surgical robot, all position Soroka at the forefront of medical technology in fields such as treatment of cancer, surgery and brain catheterization. Use of these technologies allow us to continue to provide our patients with the safest and best treatment possible.”