Houston-based United Imaging is planning to deploy transportable CT scanners in the United States to help where needed to support the fight against COVID-19. The company began looking into its options in the United States after seeing the demands placed on its teams in Europe and China.
“We knew from the experience of our colleagues that certain characteristics of a CT that can be installed quickly could be particularly helpful in these circumstances. We also had a lot of confidence we could execute that very, very rapidly,” said Jeffrey Bundy, CEO of United Imaging in the United States
Among these characteristics beyond the rapid install is a higher slice/faster system. In most temporary configurations, the CT scanner is a 64-slice or even lower-capability system. United Imaging is using scanners with 80- to 128-slice capabilities in its first installations. These faster systems can significantly decrease breath-hold requirements, providing an important benefit with diseases like COVID-19 that can impact breathing.
“Having a patient hold their breath for their CT exam is necessary to ensure proper image quality. Asking a patient whose lungs are compromised to hold their breath is tough enough. Performing these exams faster can mean a lot to a patient who is already struggling to breathe,” added David Bradley, VP of the company’s CT and DR business in the U.S.
Other characteristics of the new temporary facilities include interior walls covered in a high- quality finish that (along with the CT system) can be easily cleaned and disinfected. In addition, HEPA MERV 14 filtration is integrated into the air handling system.
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