Portable CT Scanner
I saw this article by MedGadget about a portable CT scanner introduced earlier this year that can be wheeled around in the hospital made by NeuroLogica.
When looking up more details, the company makes not just one portable CT scanner, but FOUR different portable machines:
• BodyTom: Portable whole-body CT Scanner
• CereTom: Portable CT Head scanner
• OTOscan: Portable CT Sinus scanner
• inSPira HD SPECT: Portable SPECT scanner
Though the whole-body CT scanner seems a bit big to be easily moved from hospital room to hospital room, it is comparable in size to portable fluoroscopy equipment currently in use. The other models are quite a bit smaller.
Realistically, I think the CereTOM will be the big winner as CT scans of the head is probably the most ordered CT scan in the hospital, often ordered to evaluate for stroke, head injury after a fall, sinusitis, facial fractures, brain tumor, seizures, etc, etc, etc. In many of these situations, the patient is fairly immobile and it just may be easier and faster if the CT scanner is brought to the patient rather than patient wheeled to a stationary CT scanner.