Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to Provide Head Injury Assessment of Injured Oakland Raiders.
DANVERS, Mass. -- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, The Oakland Raiders, and NeuroLogica Corporation today announced a relationship that will allow more immediate diagnosis of possible player head injury during games. This unique diagnostic procedure will be done via NeuroLogica's portable CereTom([R]) CT scanner. The scanner and medical center staff will be on site during all home games at MacAfee Coliseum in Oakland throughout the 2007 NFL season to provide immediate diagnostic scans.
A CT scan is an advanced 'x-ray' image developed with computers to look inside any part of a patient's body. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the country working cooperatively to provide rapid diagnosis of potential head injuries to NFL players using the CereTom technology.
This unique arrangement gives Alta Bates Summit trial use of the portable CereTom in its Intensive Care Unit to provide immediate diagnosis to patients without the need to transport them to the medical center's larger CT scanner. Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the country as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (HealthGrades[R] 2007), Alta Bates Summit will make use this portable scanner to decrease patient scanning time and increase accessibility to brain imaging.
During Raider home games, doctors at Alta Bates Summit will make use of the CereTom scanner to diagnose possible injuries sustained by players. The CereTom will transmit images from McAfee Coliseum directly to Alta Bates Summit's digital radiology system for immediate physician-review for assessment and diagnosis.
Through the generosity of NeuroLogica and The Oakland Raiders, Alta Bates Summit will have use of this unique diagnostic equipment when it is not in use at McAfee Coliseum on Raider home game days. "We're extremely grateful that our patients will be able to benefit from this groundbreaking technology," said Warren Kirk, CEO at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. "It is an excellent example of organizations working together to ensure quality health care in this community."
The Oakland Raiders are the first NFL team to incorporate this technology. The CereTom's portability and small size allows it to be transported to the stadium for home games, where it will be located in the physicians' exam room. Producing instant high-quality images of the neck and head, the CereTom can also be used to scan and diagnose injuries occurring in the extremities including hands, elbows, knees and ankles within minutes from when they occur - which is more effective, efficient and comprehensive than traditional X-ray scans.
The CereTom will also be available to visiting teams, should their players sustain injuries at MacAfee Coliseum in Oakland during a Raiders home game.
"We are thrilled that the Oakland Raiders and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center are coming together to implement this life-changing piece of technology," said Eric M. Bailey, CEO of NeuroLogica Corporation. "We applaud their cutting edge approach to the diagnosis and treatment of head trauma, and proactive approach towards the safety of the players."
NeuroLogica recently received accolades from medical staff ringside at the Oscar De La Hoya - Floyd Mayweather fight on May 5, when the company provided the CereTom to scan boxers post-fight. The company scanned eight boxers following fights throughout the weekend, and potentially saved one athlete's life by identifying a brain bleed that otherwise may have gone undiagnosed had he not been scanned. The CereTom was also present at the Indianapolis 500, where it scanned drivers in the middle of the infield.
Based in Danvers, Mass., NeuroLogica Corporation develops manufactures and markets advanced medical imaging equipment. The company's mission is to bring access to high quality medical imaging to all people regardless of where they live. Combining this imaging quality and access enables physicians to make more informed treatment decisions, especially in stroke emergencies, saving and improving patient lives.
About Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is a multi-campus regional acute care medical center with over 1,000 beds, 5,000 employees, and over 1,000 active physicians. Alta Bates Summit is recipient of a HealthGrades [R] 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, and ranked among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation. Nationally recognized services include: Regional Stroke Center, Regional Rehabilitation Center, and Chemical Dependency, with Centers of Excellence in Women and Infants (including a Level III Newborn ICU), Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, Oncology, and Behavioral Health. Other services include a bone marrow transplant program, minimally invasive surgery, imaging, and emergency services.
Located in the heart of the San Francisco East Bay Area, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is part of Sutter Health, one of the nation's leading not-for-profit networks of community health services. For more information about Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, visit their website at www.altabatessummit.org.