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Exceptional Innovation
More than two centuries before the birth of White Plains Hospital,
Antony van Leeuwenhoek of Holland created a microscope
capable of magnifying microorganisms over 200 times their
actual size, enabling scientists to view life’s tiniest components
with a clarity never before seen. Today members of White Plains
Hospital’s Pathology & Laboratory Services not only have the
ability to view tissue specimens with far greater magnification, but
also to study the biology of disease in ways van Leeuwenhoek
never could have imagined.
Technological advances over the past 120 years have
enhanced every field of medicine, from laboratory science to
radiology to surgery. At White Plains Hospital, it is now possi-
ble to generate test results in hours rather than days, thanks to
the only fully automated chemistry lab in Westchester County.
In 1908, the hospital’s laboratory opened and performed 651
tests during its first year. Today, Pathology & Laboratory Services
processes more than 3.4 million tests every year, making it one of
the busiest medical labs in the county. And in September 2012,
the Clinical Laboratory received re-accreditation by the College
of American Pathologists (CAP), in recognition of the exceptional
services provided.
With the advent of personalized medicine — the devel-
opment of drugs that target specific molecular abnormalities
causing a disease, such as certain types of cancer — the role
of Pathology & Laboratory Services continues to grow. “Our
laboratory conducts comprehensive molecular testing for tumor
markers to help guide therapy,” explained Deena P. Shah, M.D.,
who directs Pathology & Laboratory Services. “Today we can
determine which tumors are likely to respond to specific thera-
pies. This enables doctors to tailor each patient’s therapy to the
specific biology of his or her tumor, which can enhance treatment
effectiveness and often reduce side effects.”
Innovative technologies are also enabling White Plains
Hospital surgeons to work with increased precision. During
robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and manipulates
instruments that have been inserted into the patient through
multiple small incisions. The robotic device magnifies the surgical
field, enabling the surgeon to see vital structures and minimizing
the risk of complications (such as nerve damage during prostate
surgery). Today surgeons at White Plains Hospital use robotic
surgery to remove the prostate gland and to perform some
gynecologic procedures (such as hysterectomy).
Another device, the O-arm
®
Surgical Imaging System —
a doughnut-shaped x-ray machine that can be “wrapped” around
a patient on the operating table — enables surgical staff to take
pictures of a patient during a procedure, generating up-to-the-
minute 2D or 3D images useful for guiding spine, orthopaedic, and
trauma-related surgeries. With this system, White Plains Hospital
surgeons are able to enhance safety by confirming the precision
of complex procedures before the patient leaves the OR.
The O-arm is part of White Plains Hospital’s full arsenal
of imaging tools, which include CT scanning, MRI, positron emis-
sion tomography (PET, which visualizes cellular function with the
help of a radioactive tracer), ultrasound, mammography (delivered
both at the main hospital and the Women’s Imaging Center in
Rye Brook), and nuclear scanning, among others. These tools,
coupled with the exceptional expertise of the hospital’s staff,
make White Plains Hospital’s Radiology Department the
busiest among community hospitals in Westchester County.
Technological developments have resulted in medical
care that is provided faster and more efficiently than ever before —
in many cases enabling doctors to begin treating patients sooner
and more effectively, and getting patients back to their normal
routines more quickly.
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