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  • Portable CT Body Scanner

  • Rhode Island Hospital is the first hospital in the world to acquire the BodyTom™ CT scanner, a portable, intra-operative, multi-slice CT body scanner. The new technology is used in the surgical treatment of patients with neurological and spinal disorders.


    • The scanner allows imaging to be performed in the operating room, thereby reducing the need to transport patients to and from the radiology department.

    • The device allows advanced intra-operative imaging of the brain and spine for image-guided surgery, and will increase accuracy of a wide range of neurological and spinal procedures.

    • The unit's portability is both time saving and cost efficient, providing CT scanning capability that can be used across operating rooms.

    • The portable technology completely eliminates the need to move the patient and informs critical decision making during surgery. 

    • The surgeon can assess the patient's condition prior to taking him or her off the operating table.

    Groundbreaking Technology

    The BodyTom's groundbreaking technology allows the hospital’s surgical teams to collaborate with radiology in ways not seen before, and provides neurosurgeons with the tools to perform more accurate and precise image-guided surgical procedures. The real-time radiology updates allow Rhode Island Hospital’s physicians to provide the highest quality care, and to enhance patient safety and improve surgical outcomes.


    This acquisition of the BodyTom demonstrates Rhode Island Hospital’s commitment to providing the best possible care, cutting-edge technology and pioneering research in the brain sciences. We are proud to be the first medical center in the world to acquire the BodyTom.

    The BodyTom™ can obtain images of the entire spine in one pass, providing high-quality three-dimensional images of both bone and soft tissue. It is fully integrated into Rhode Island Hospital's Brainlab computer-assisted surgical navigation systems. The technology eliminates the need to move the patient during surgery in order to obtain state-of-the-art images. This integration of direct visualization and navigation improves surgical patient quality, safety and outcomes. The scanner's wireless communications capabilities enable it to interface with modern hospital information systems. Physicians use an Apple iPad, connected to The BodyTom™  to share images with other clinicians, the patient or family members.

    The purchase of the BodyTom™ intra-operative portable CT scanner was made possible by a  Champlin Foundations grant awarded to Rhode Island Hospital in January 2011.