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

Jun 26, 2006, 01:00 ET from Montefiore Medical Center

    NEW YORK, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- 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
     "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 for more information.

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