Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Stealth Health

NASA gave us Tang, and it looks like GPS navigation and missle-tracking technology might give Kyrie and the doctors a better chance at fighting this tumor. During her crainiotomy, the neurosurgeon used "stealth" techonology, which works by generating a 3-D image of a patient's brain (or spine) with the placement of adhesive fiducials around the head. A computer program used her CT scans and MRI scans to align those results with the 3-D image of her brain. The neurosurgeon virtually sees through tissue to place instruments at the precise location of the surgical site. Kyrie's doctor said that he could see her tiny brain nerves! The computer can also show surgeons what part of the brain lies just in front of them—before they get there. This prevents accidental contact with blood vessels, nerves and other important parts; contact could cause brain damage.

And when Kyrie needs radiation, maybe the doctors will be able to use this: "Called computer-mediated stereotaxic radiosurgery (CMSR), the new technique combines software adapted from Cruise missile guidance systems with robotic manipulators and a high-powered X-ray machine. Before surgery, a CAT scan generates a detailed three-dimensional map of the target. The robotic arm then compares its own X-ray images with the mapped target, tracks and locks onto a tumor, and delivers a dose of radiation without harming surrounding tissues, says Stanford physicist Richard Cox. As a result, physicians may be able to kill off some types of cancers without opening a patient's skull or spine, Adler says."

Go God & science!


Karis said...

Hey Jordan and Lacie,
This is Karis Morrow from Maryville, MO and I am Chad Eickholt's cousin. Our prayers are going out to you and I know what a powerful thing prayers are in a fight like this. Kyrie looks like a strong little girl and I am praying for the best results possible and a total healing of your little girl.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you."

Sarah Thome said...

Jordan and Lacie,

We just wanted to let you know that you and Kyrie are in our thoughts and prayers. Our families, coworkers, friends, and even strangers are praying you through this difficult journey. Know that you have much love and support. Many blessings on you and Kyrie.

Sarah and Scott Thome

humblepie said...

What an inspiring verse, Karis! Love that!

Jenni said...

Many prayers coming to you from Maryville, MO. I'm also Chad's cousin. Prayer has brought us through so much, and you are on the right path anytime you are walking with God. Prayer will bring you peace and strength, and will sustain you through this difficult time.
Many blessings to you and Kyrie. Karis posted our family motto from Jeremiah in our battle with melanoma, and we hope you find comfort in it as well.
Jenni and Brian Halley