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Deployment of CT scanners to international armed forces


24 April, 2013  
Philips together with Marshall Land Systems, part of the Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, have worked closely together to develop a solution for a rapidly deployable, containerised CT scanner, offering whole body CT scanning, for use in battlefield conditions.
The containerised CT scanner features the Philips Brilliance CT 64 scanner integrated into an expandable shelter that ensures maximum safety for patients, operators and bystanders.   Marshall Land Systems selected the Philips CT scanner because of its reliability, speed and ease of use – all critical factors when supporting caregivers to save lives on the battlefield. Already in service, the containerised CT scanner is designed for use in demanding environments with arduous field and climatic conditions.
The containerised CT scanner  can be transported by sea, rail, or on the back of a truck, and when it arrives, can be setup by two people ready to carry out its first scan within two hours.   During transportation the robust Philips CT scanner is protected from shocks and vibrations using a patented system developed by Marshall’s engineers.   
Marshall Land Systems was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013 in April of this year for the innovation category. The Innovation Award included the company’s achievement in designing deployable CT scanners, working closely with its partner, Philips Healthcare UK. 
Ray Cutting, Managing Director, Land Systems says, “This award is the result of a close strategic partnership with Philips, coupled with Marshall’s unrivalled expertise in developing complex deployable solutions to problems previously thought to be too difficult.”
Philips CT scanner is built on Philips’ innovative Essence technology, a unique combination of X-ray tube, detector and reconstruction design elements that improve image quality in every CT examination.
Mike Hayden, Sales Director Imaging Systems, Philips Healthcare UK, adds, “We’re tremendously excited about this award and proud of our joint achievement with Marshall. This rapidly deployable containerised Philips CT scanner will provide vital diagnostic capability, normally available only in fixed hospital facilities, into the hands of clinicians on deployed operations and will support clinicians in saving lives on the front line. This latest co-operation confirms the reliability of Philips CT scanner and clearly positions Philips as the preferred containerised mobile CT supplier in the military domain.”