By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – The search for a director of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at Rhode Island Hospital is ongoing, according to hospitals officials, but a critical part of the new institute’s technology infrastructure will soon be in place: the purchase of a portable CT body scanner, underwritten by a $850,000 grant by The Champlin Foundations.
The new equipment, a Neurologica Portable Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner, will enable advanced intra-operative imaging of the brain and spine for image-guided surgery. It will increase accuracy of a wide range of neurological and spinal procedures in the treatment of patients with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, cerebral palsy, and brain and spine tumors.
Rhode Island Hospital will be the first hospital in New England to own and operate an intra-operative portable CT body scanner, hospital officials said, once all appropriate regulatory approvals have been obtained, including approval by the R.I. Department of Health.
“This portable scanner will provide extraordinary benefits to our surgical patients,” said G. Rees Cosgrove, chief of neurosurgery. “It will allow our surgical teams and radiology technicians to collaborate on a new level, providing the tools to obtain real-time imaging while in the operating room. This will not only save time, avoiding the need to move patients between the operating room and radiology, but will provide neurosurgeons with accuracy not seen before in the field of image-guided surgery.”
“In considering these type of grants, we are ever mindful of the role Champlin may play through providing capital funding that helps facilitate first class medical care close to home for Rhode Islanders,” said Timothy N. Gorham, associate director of The Champlin Foundations. “In this particular case, it is hoped that this Champlin grant will help to contribute to the growth of neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital.”