Small CT brain scanner fitted in ambulances or emergency aircraft could save lives of stroke patients

Mobile brain scanners for stroke

Mobile brain scanners can save lives


This is how it usually goes.

You’re having dinner with friends when your husband notices that you’re slurring your words.

Perhaps you’re out on a morning stroll when your movements become jerky, as if half of the unseen threads that govern your limbs have been severed.


Perhaps a crippling migraine or a starburst at the back of the brain is the signal.

Maybe you’re on your own.

Alternatively, you may drive on the highway, which is the worst of all.


 A 70-year-old man, golf ball hunter, and devoted spouse of 51 years, was in this situation.

In Houston, it was a beautiful day.

He was on his way to Galveston to pay a courtesy visit to a valued customer.

For a brief while, the Gulf Freeway was rising to cross El Dorado Boulevard, and the vision through the glass was restricted to the gray race of the road and the clear sky.


What follows is difficult to put into words.

Darkness, disorientation, the world pulling away from you, and inputs going lifeless.

A peaceful, unthinking, eternal glide across four lanes of traffic — until his Mercedes-Benz collides with the motorway barrier, jolting him awake and veering back into the pandemonium and brightness.

He realizes the danger hasn’t gone when the Benz finally pulls to a halt.

Despite this, he is unable to intervene.

Because the violence in his brain is still going on.


It’s one of the most dreaded medical situations.

What else might make you believe you’d rather suffer a heart attack than a stroke?

Heart attacks are more deadly, but if you survive, you may go on with your life as usual – without a dimmer intellect or the loss of vital body processes.


There is no such guarantee with strokes.

Approximately 40% of stroke survivors need special care, 25% have considerable cognitive deterioration, and an average of 17% will be released to long-term care. So say ERs in the United States.

This is not the place to sit back and reflect on one’s achievements in life.


The analogy to heart attacks isn’t coincidental.

The great majority of strokes — or, to use the textbook phrase, “cerebrovascular accidents” — are caused by a stoppage in blood flow.

However, unlike a heart attack, which has a plethora of quick treatments, a stroke has proved to be excruciatingly difficult to cure.

More than 1,000 medications have been tried, with the majority of them failing miserably.

Due to a lack of advancement, researchers have turned to unconventional methods.

Brain cooling, TMS, and lasers administered via the nose are all options.

Peach pits and Malayan pit viper venom are used to make drugs.

Doctors were no closer to developing a therapy for strokes in the early 1990s than they had been 50 years before.

As the expression goes, “diagnose and adios.”

There is nothing that can be done. Especially when diagnosis and treatment are delayed by even an hour.


But with a mobile CT brain scanner the scenario changes. Becomes more hopeful. Patients suffering from a stroke or the symptoms of a stroke can get an immediate, if rough, diagnosis, while riding in the ambulance to the hospital. Or even on a plane flight.

Small portable mobile CT scan devices are now being worked on by several cutting edge technology companies around the globe. And although Covid-19 slowed down the research and implementation substantially, the best guess today is that by late 2023 mobile CT brain scanners will be up and running in major metropolitan ambulances. And on many commercial flights. The terror and damage of a stroke will lessen considerably. 

It’s a ray of hope in the post pandemic gloom!

Key Requirements for A Mobile CT Provider

Key Requirements for A Mobile CT Provider

Mobile CT Requirements

Despite the fact that most hospitals have in-house CT imaging facilities, there are instances when bringing in a mobile imaging service on a temporary basis makes greater financial sense.

When redesigning your CT imaging room, when your equipment needs maintenance, or when you need assistance managing a backlog, temporary imaging might be a wise solution.

Vendors serve as an extension of your hospital’s operations.

Nonetheless, one of the most crucial considerations to bear in mind is that each vendor with whom you collaborate becomes an extension of your institution.

Your patients should not be able to tell the difference between the quality of service provided by the hospital personnel and the level of service provided by the mobile imaging team.

Maintaining the same level of cleanliness in the environment, following the same comprehensive processes, and using comparable equipment will ensure that the patient’s favorable experience continues into the mobile service setting.


What characteristics contribute to demonstrating and reinforcing a commitment to sustaining your high standards?


A list of characteristics to look for in a reputable CT mobile imaging company is provided below.


Mobile service providers should employ equipment that is already available and frequently used in the market to meet their customers’ needs.

A 64-slice CT scanner may be preferred in certain cases, but a 16-slice camera is a perfect match for the majority of investigations and delivers outstanding picture quality while maintaining fast throughput.

Ensure that the CT scanners are XR-29 compliant as well, since non-compliance with the standard may have a negative influence on your payment.

An Original Equipment Manufacturer Service Agreement

An OEM Service Agreement should be in place for a mobile service provider in order to protect against downtime.

This assures that factory-trained service engineers are doing preventive maintenance on a regular basis and that they will have access to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and equipment.

Certification by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

This independent body, known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (JCAHO), is responsible for administering voluntary accreditation programs for hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Their performance standards cover areas of the operation such as patient care, drug safety, infection control, and consumer rights, among other things.

Your mobile service provider should be JCAHO accredited, which indicates that they have implemented quality standards and practices that are above industry requirements.

HIPAA Compliance is a legal requirement.

As with your hospital’s employees, the mobile provider team should be equally dedicated to preserving patient privacy and complying with all applicable healthcare standards, including those established by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Check to see whether they have a HIPAA training program in place that is current and continuing.

A Sanitation and Hygiene Program

Many healthcare professionals believe that maintaining good cleanliness is the most significant technique in reducing the spread of healthcare-associated illnesses among patients and other healthcare personnel.

Make certain that the mobile service provider has rigorous hygiene rules and procedures in place, and that their employees are educated on the crucial need of infection control.


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