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Leading the way in patient care, UAB Medicine offers patients clinical technology not available at most hospitals in the region.

The Cyclotron

The UAB Department of Radiology’s TR24 Cyclotron accelerates particles, specifically protons, to about 16 percent the speed of light along a spiral path to strike a target, creating nuclear reactions. The Cyclotron facility uses the product of these nuclear reactions to produce radiopharmaceuticals for PET imaging. This allows physicians to identify, diagnose, and monitor treatment of cancer and other diseases with greater sensitivity and specificity. For more information on the UAB Cyclotron, click here.


Sweat Test Chamber – Autonomic Testing Laboratory

Built in 2018, our autonomic testing laboratory is the newest addition to the UAB Department of Neurology. Equipped with the latest technology in the field, we perform all the essential tests for evaluating autonomic function. These tests are instrumental in the workup of autonomic disorders such as syncope, orthostatic hypotension, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and small fiber neuropathies. Click here to learn more about UAB’s autonomic testing laboratory.


Normothermic Perfusion Machine

The normothermic perfusion machine is used to preserve livers from deceased donors for up to 24 hours before transplant. The machine pumps warm, oxygenated blood and nutrients through the organ at or just below body temperature, instead of the standard cold solution method. This technique allows surgeons to watch the liver produce bile before transplantation into a patient. For more information about the normothermic perfusion machine, click here.
 

Surgical Robotics

Surgical robotics are high-tech instruments that allow surgeons to make precise movements with a 360-degree range of motion and a magnified, high-definition, 3-D view of the operating site. Robotic surgery has numerous benefits, including faster recovery times, less pain, little or no scarring, minimal blood loss, and shorter hospital stays. The minimally invasive technology is used in a wide variety of procedures, including cardiac, gynecological, urological, general and abdominal surgery, endocrine, thoracic, head and neck, and oncological. UAB gynecological oncology surgery residents are being trained in part using next-generation simulation technology, which also is being used to help experienced surgeons keep their skills sharp. For a closer look at robotic surgery services, click here.


nCounter Analysis System

To better understand what drives a cancer, the nCounter Analysis System allows researchers to measure the expression of genes in a targeted manner. Having this device at UAB provides a platform to gain insight into the signaling pathways implicated in cancer formation and therapeutic response, which can lead to the development of novel treatments in the era of precision oncology. Click here for more information on this technology, or click here to learn more about precision oncology.