Promise Hospital introduces portable CT scanner for patient transportation efficiency


Promise Hospital introduces portable CT scanner for patient transportation efficiency

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Promise Hospital of Florida at The Villages, a specialty hospital post-acute health system, has installed the BodyTom 32-slice portable computed tomography (CT) scanner into its long-term acute care (LTAC) facility.

After six months of piloting the BodyTom at The Villages, Promise hospitals in Miami and Fort Myers also installed their own BodyTom scanners.

BodyTom, a portable, full-body, 32-slice CT scanner, is a multi-departmental imaging solution that transforms any room in the hospital into an advanced imaging suite.

“The BodyTom offers features and portability especially suited for facilities like Promise Healthcare’s. It was chosen instead of a typical fixed CT installation that would have required prohibitive capital outlay,” said Philip Sullivan, Samsung NeuroLogica president and CEO.

“The BodyTom will help to reinforce Promise Hospital of Florida at The Villages’ commitment to delivering high-quality and safe patient care.”

In LTAC facilities, patients often suffer from conditions that make transport to local hospitals a risky process. Having a BodyTom at a long-term care facility eliminates the risk and expense of ambulance transport for patients in need of CT scans and whose conditions can include ventilator care, high-cost/high-dose antibiotics, complex wound care and other needs that complicate moving them off-premises.

“It’s hard for any patient to take an ambulance ride, and when most of our patients come out of critical-care or intensive-care settings – they often have a list of conditions that fill almost two pages,” said Hoyt Ross, CEO of Promise Hospital CEO.

“Having the BodyTom on-premises could reduce some patients’ length of stay because it sometimes takes time for them to recover from the trip and get back to baseline.”

Promise prefers the BodyTom over larger, stationary CT scanners because it requires less overhead for new construction and infrastructure.

Ross said that the BodyTom will also be used by patients in the community on a referral basis, opening access to a new outpatient resource in The Villages and surrounding towns.

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