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Life Changing Technology Helps to Improve Patient Care

Embracing technology and pushing the envelope to provide better patient care. It’s a way of life at UPMC. Our physicians are among the nation’s leaders in utilizing advanced technology — from robots that assist surgeons in the most delicate surgery to computer software that allows surgeons to see important pathways inside the brain — with the goal of improving lives.

This page can serve as a guide to some of the most advanced technologies at UPMC. Here you can watch videos and read expanded content on the technology that is helping to improve patient care.

Advances in Cancer Treatment

Robotically Assisted Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer and Throat Tumors

UPMC does nearly 2,000 robotically assisted surgeries annually across a number of specialties, including pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancer, gynecology, thoracic surgery, bariatrics, urology, and colorectal surgery.

Watch the videos to learn more about Robotically Assisted Surgery:

Radioactive Seed Localization for Breast Tumor Surgery

Experts at Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program are pioneering the use of Radioactive Seed Localization, which helps radiologists to pinpoint abnormal tissue. By combining advanced imaging with precise tumor localization, surgeons are able to better remove tumors with little disturbance to surrounding healthy tissue.

Watch the video to learn more about Radioactive Seed Localization:


Advances in Cardiovascular Treatment

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), also known as TAVR

Historically, treatment options for heart valve disease have been limited to surgical valve replacement and medical therapy. TAVI is a promising treatment alternative for people with severe heart valve disease who are at high surgical risk. UPMC is one of only a few centers in the nation where TAVI is being performed.

Watch the video to learn more about TAVI (TAVR):

Branched and Fenestrated Endografts for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

UPMC has been involved with stent graft technology for abdominal aortic aneurysms since its infancy. Patients with aneurysms that are close to essential arteries, such as the kidneys, often cannot have a standard stent graft procedure due to limited blood flow to the kidneys. UPMC is now using a modified graft that uses fenestrations, or windows, that allow blood to continue to flow to the kidneys.

Watch the video to learn more about Stent Graft Technology:


Advances in Treating Brain Conditions

High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT)

High Definition Fiber Tracking, developed by the University of Pittsburgh and used clinically at UPMC, provides detailed three-dimensional images of the brain’s fiber networks. HDFT provides valuable insight into symptoms and the prospect for recovery from brain injuries, and helps neurosurgeons plan surgical approaches to remove tumors and abnormal blood vessels with greater accuracy.

Watch the videos to learn more about High Definition Fiber Tracking:

MRI-Guided Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Movement Disorders

Deep brain stimulation is an effective treatment for involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. UPMC is a long-time leader in DBS, and now offers both the standard “awake” DBS and the advanced MRI-guided “asleep” DBS for patients who otherwise might not be candidates for this surgery.

Watch the videos to learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation:


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