Portable Scanner Brings CT Imaging Into the Operating Room

St. Luke’s Hospital is the first hospital in Texas and the southwestern United States to acquire a BodyTom CT Scanner.

The battery operated, portable scanner captures high-resolution, 3D images of the brain and spine right in the operating room and displays them immediately, allowing neurosurgeons to target tissue and other structures more precisely and accurately.

In the past, CT scans were performed in scanners located outside the operating room after an operation concluded, to check on the results of surgery.

With the BodyTom, surgeons can make any necessary refinements to a surgery while the patient is still in the operating room and under anesthesia, thereby eliminating the need to move patients between the operating room and the radiology suite. This makes surgeries safer and reduces the likelihood of return trips to the operating room, said Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D., a St. Luke’s neurosurgeon specializing in deep-brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

“This innovative technology has the potential to change the way neurosurgery is performed,” said Viswanathan. “It offers our patients a new level of treatment and provides neurosurgeons with real-time radiology, allowing us to be even more accurate when performing delicate brain and spine surgery.”

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