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TEN YEARS OF THE TRUST


FEATURE 07


2016


PIONEERING TREATMENT FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR Professor Wladyslaw Gedroyc led a pioneering trial that used magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor, a shake in the body that cannot be controlled. The trial had impressive results and has shown that the potential of this technology for other brain conditions is huge – future applications may treat epilepsy, tumours and possibly dementia.


A BREATH TEST TO DETECT CANCER Professor George Hanna worked with a team to devise a breath test which quickly and effectively diagnoses oesophageal cancer without the need for an endoscopy. During the trial it was possible to detect the difference between malignant and benign oesophageal cancer in over 200 patients. The team have since extended the trial, with the aim of ultimately producing a device that can be easily used in GP practices.


PARENT-CENTRED CARE FOR PREMATURE BABIES Our neonatal teams launched the integrated family delivered neonatal care programme – a model that puts parents of premature babies at the centre of care. This pioneering approach is the first of its kind in the UK and supports parents to become the main caregivers to their babies during their stay on our neonatal wards. This approach has been shown to benefit the baby’s medical progress and development and also reduce anxiety in parents.


2017


PRECISE CANCER SURGERY WITH THE IKNIFE The iKnife, an ‘intelligent knife’ which immediately tells surgeons whether tissue they are cutting into is cancerous or not, was developed at our Trust. Our surgeons now use the iKnife on patients with brain tumours, where the boundaries between healthy and cancerous tissue are hardest to spot.


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INTO THE FUTURE The Trust will continue to strive towards improving medicine and care into the future. Our current focus includes:


• personalising medicine with genomics including participating in the national 100,000 Genomes Project


which is finding out how our genetic make up affects our health and how we respond to treatment


• exploring how electronically stored patient information can be used to improve medicine and


care for individuals and populations


• developing and rolling out mobile applications that will mean our clinical teams can spend more time at the


patient’s bedside and patients can be more involved in their own care.


Imperial Private Healthcare


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