French defence chiefs take Cambridge CT scanners
Medical technology from the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge UK has won additional orders from French defence chiefs.
The Service de Santé Armée (SSA), the French Defence Health Service, is to receive three more ruggedised, deployable CT Scanners through a contract placed by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA).
It is a follow on deal from one placed by NAMSA – the forerunner to NSPA – on behalf of the French Ministry of Defence in 2012 with the system now successfully delivered and in service. SSA, which includes both medical and administrative staff, provides medical and environmental health support to the French Armed Forces and other organisations managed by the French Ministry of Defence. The service will be using the CT Scanners to support France’s military operations globally. Steve Fitz-Gerald, chief executive of Marshall ADG said: “This is a great vote of confidence in our CT Scanner Systems by the French Government. We are very pleased to be working with SSA again and helping them to provide such a critical service to patients wherever the units are deployed.
“Working with Philips Healthcare, who are providing the actual scanner, the CT Scanner System demonstrates how well teams can design and integrate high quality systems for the user and bring together leading edge technology to deliver innovative solutions which make a real difference.”
As the prime contractor, Marshall ADG has brought together the latest Philips Healthcare CT Scanner and integrated it into a Marshall expandable shelter to provide a highly mobile solution which can be scanning the first patient within four hours of arrival at the deployed location.
Core to this ability is the design of the system which does not require certification each time it is moved as the main scanner unit (gantry) does not move during transit.
During the design process risks were identified and mitigated to ensure that the user has a robust and reliable system. The unit is designed around a standard ISO container and can be easily moved through both military and civilian logistics system.
The CT scanner system incorporates features normally associated with fixed hospital facilities; full radiation protection inbuilt within the shelter structure, protected operator area, full air conditioning and environmental control, and UPS back up equipment to preserve vital image data.
The Philips CT Scanner is one of the most advanced CT systems in the market. This system can expand clinical boundaries in cardiac, pulmonary, trauma, and paediatric imaging.