Patient Simulators Help Save LivesThe new Rush Clinical Skills and Simulation Center uses sophisticated dummies to simulate real-world patient care — from serious heart conditions to the flu — for students and health care workers from Rush University Medical Center.
The look at prostate cancer is changing in the urological field. The prostate has been a very difficult organ to image. Now we can look inside the prostate with an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging]. So, now if a patient has an elevated PSA [Prostate-Specific Antigen] at their primary care doctor, and he sends them to the urologist who will say, ‘Oh, we have to do a biopsy.’ The answer is, ‘No, we don’t.’ We’re going to now do an MRI. If we don’t see anything, you’re okay. We’ll see you in a year. If we do see something, we’ll be able to target exactly what the MRI shows us and get to the spot that isn’t right.