Healthcare Industry News: RT Technology
News Release - September 18, 2007
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Brings Portable CT Scanning to Pediatric PatientsNeuroLogica's CereTom® Provides CT Scans for Children at one of Northern California's Largest Pediatric Trauma Centers
DANVERS, Mass.(HSMN NewsFeed) - September 18, 2007 - Children in the Bay Area no longer have to be taken out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the operating room to get a CT scan. This month, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland will be the first pediatric hospital in the region to use the CereTom® CT scanner. This state-of-the-aRT Technology, developed by NeuroLogica Corporation based in Danvers, Massachusetts, allows hospital technologists to take a CT scan of a child's brain at their bedside. The CereTom® eliminates the time, effort and minimizes the risk of having to transport critical patients from their hospital beds or operating room to a hospital's radiology department.
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland plans to use the CereTom® CT scanner in its intensive care units and operating rooms for children who have a variety of head or neck conditions. Each year, the hospital treats nearly 300 children with serious head injuries and performs more than 350 neurosurgery procedures that may require an immediate CT scan.
"Children's is committed to the latest technology that benefits clinical care," said Peter Sun, M.D., Medical Director of Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. "The portable CereTom® scanner brings the CT scanner to the patient in the OR during surgery where we can get a clear and immediate image of surgical results. It also brings the scanner to the ICU thereby eliminating the time of transporting critically ill patients to the traditional nonmoblie CT scanner."
The CereTom® CT scanner will be an important new technology tool that Children's Hospital Oakland will integrate with its Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). PACS will allow the hospital's physicians to view all diagnostic-imaging exams including the CereTom® CT scanner's images on any computer anywhere in the hospital.
Children's Hospital Oakland is the region's only independent children's hospital and one of Northern California's largest designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers with more than 190,000 inpatient and outpatient visits each year and more than 50,000 emergency room visits. The hospital is a center for excellence in pediatric healthcare, research, child advocacy and medical training.
NeuroLogica predicts smaller hospitals in more remote locations will soon be able to obtain the affordable CereTom® and be able to scan patients on site. Images acquired by the CereTom® can be sent wirelessly to top specialists anywhere there is Internet access, allowing for immediate consultation on extremely critical cases.
"We are proud that our technology has been able to the raise the standard of care for children, allowing them to receive CT scans without leaving the Intensive Care Unit," says Diane Clifford, Director of Global Marketing for NeuroLogica Corp. "The CereTom's incredible level of applicability in multiple medical settings gives doctors at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland the flexibility needed to provide the best medical imaging available to care for critically ill newborns and children of all ages."
The CereTom® is now installed at hospitals and medical centers across the US and Europe including The Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA Medical Center.
Based in Danvers, Mass., NeuroLogica Corporation develops manufactures and markets advanced medical imaging equipment. The company's mission is to bring access to high quality medical imaging to all people regardless of where they live. Combining this imaging quality and access enables physicians to make more informed treatment decisions, especially in stroke emergencies, saving and improving patient lives.
About Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California's only freestanding and independent children's hospital. Children's is the leader in many pediatric specialties including neonatology, cardiology, neurosurgery and intensive care. The hospital is a designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center and has the largest pediatric critical care facility in the region. Children's Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 31 specialties, more than 2,611 employees and an operating budget of $312 million. Children's research arm, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), has approximately 300 staff members and an annual budget of more than $49 million. The National Institutes of Health is CHORI's primary funding source. The institute is a leader in translational blood diseases, developing new vaccines for infectious diseases and discovering new treatment protocols for previously fatal or debilitating conditions such as cancers, sickle cell disease and thalassemia, diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS, pediatric obesity, nutritional deficiencies, birth defects, hemophilia and cystic fibrosis.
Source: NeuroLogica Corp
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