Carondelet Neurological Institute Offers Area’s Only Mobile CT Scanner
Carondelet Neurological Institute (CNI) is now home to a new mobile CT scanner, the first available in Southern Arizona. Traditionally, in hospital settings, patients are transported from their rooms to another area of the hospital to receive a CT scan. Now, at Carondelet Neurological Institute, and for the first time anywhere in Southern Arizona, this vital diagnostic tool is available at the patient’s bedside.

The new equipment, called a CereTom mobile head CT scanner, is housed in the CNI’s Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU). “The portable CT scanner meets a very significant clinical need,” notes Eric P. Sipos, MD, FACS, neurosurgeon and Medical Director at Carondelet Neurological Institute. “We can now keep patients in the controlled, monitored and well-staffed intensive care setting…bringing this vital diagnostic tool directly to any one of our neurological patients in their hospital room.”

A CT or computed tomography scan is a medical imaging method that generates a three-dimensional image from a series of two-dimensional images. “Neurologists and neurosurgeons at the Institute will utilize the scanner, at the patient’s bedside, to detect brain tumors, distinguish hemorrhagic vs. arterial occlusion type strokes and diagnose various types of traumatic brain injuries. It’s painless for the patient and provides clinicians with a much more information than an x-ray,” adds Dr. Robert P. Goldfarb, Chairman of the Carondelet Neurological Institute.

Carondelet Neurological Institute’s new mobile CT scanner was purchased with private funding from the Armstrong McDonald Foundation. “The leadership of the Armstrong McDonald Foundation recognized an important opportunity at Carondelet, and stepped in with their full support,” says Richard F. Imwalle, Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet Foundation. “Thanks to their generosity, Carondelet Neurological Institute is further distinguished as a world-class resource for neurological services.”

Since its inception in 2008, Carondelet Neurological Institute has become Southern Arizona’s primary tertiary care referral center for patients with neurological disorders. CNI is dedicated to the advancement of patient care in the neurosciences. The facility uses the latest in technology for the comprehensive treatment of neurological disorders. Adding to the facility’s unique offerings, a highly specialized group of neurologists and neurosurgeons have subspecialty training in a variety of areas including neuromuscular disorders, stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, disorders of the spine, and the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, non- for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.