Adjustable PET/CT Scanner Accessory for Improving Patient Comfort
GE Healthcare provides the global medical community with a wide array of Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) devices, which help diagnose and monitor a myriad of serious illnesses. During PET/CT scans, maintaining patient positioning and comfort is paramount for generating the highest quality scan possible. In particular, it is difficult for patients to maintain a steady arm and head position during cardiac and thoracic scans which can take up to 30 minutes. This is especially challenging for patients with limited mobility. Currently, radiology technicians craft their own improvised set-ups which are not robust enough to accommodate all sizes and abilities of patients. Any movement can corrupt the scan, which takes up unnecessary and costly patient, technician, and facility time. To tackle this challenge, the team designed an adjustable, integrable, and user-friendly armrest to aid technicians and patients during the PET/CT scanning process and set a new industry standard.