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 News Release - June 26, 2006

First in Region, Portable Bedside CT Scanner in Operation for Neurosurgery Patients at Montefiore Medical Center

Equipment Will Increase Quality of Care and Safety for Critically Ill Patients Allowing Them to Remain in Bed in Intensive Care Units for Radiology Exams

NEW YORK, June 26 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- A new, state-of-the-art portable CT scanner that works right at a patient's bedside is now in operation at Montefiore Medical Center. It is the first CT scanner of its kind in the region.

"This new technology allows doctors to capture the critical images they need to monitor seriously ill patients without moving them from an intensive or critical care unit," said Stephen Amis, MD, chairman of the Department of Radiology at Montefiore. "Our patients can undergo CT scans right after very delicate surgeries while they remain in bed under the care of ICU nurses and other specialists," said Dr. Amis.

"For the first time, it will not be necessary to transport critically ill patients to the radiology suite for critical CT scans which are a mainstay of pre- and post-operative care for our neurosurgery patients," said Eugene Flamm, MD, chairman of Montefiore's Department of Neurosurgery. "This new machine gives Montefiore new capabilities in levels of safety and quality of care we deliver to our patients."

The new multi-slice CT Scanner weighs only about 800 pounds and measures four feet in diameter and two feet deep. It is easily rolled to the patient's ICU bedside.

Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ranks among the top one percent of all US hospitals based on its investments in medical innovation and cutting-edge technology.

Montefiore invests more in order to enable compassionate, personalized care and the most positive outcomes for patients and their families in New York, the tri-STATe area and beyond.

Montefiore's unique combination of 'state-of-the-art' technology with 'state-of-the-heart' medical and nursing care in a teaching and research environment offer patients access to world-class medical experts, the newest and most innovative treatments and the best medical center experience anywhere.

This 1,062 bed medical center includes the Henry and Lucy Moses Division, the Jack D. Weiler Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, a large home healthcare agency and a 21-site medical group practice located throughout the Bronx and nearby Westchester.

Montefiore treats all major illnesses and has distinguished centers of excellence in cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer care, tissue and organ transplantation, children's health, women's health, surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Montefiore Medical Center focuses on providing family- centered healthcare in a nurturing environment that extends well beyond its hospital and ambulatory settings. Please visit http://www.montefiore.org for more information.


Source: Montefiore Medical Center

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