In the last few years there have been many emerging new technologies that aided in medical health care where many new technologies allowed doctors to be able to fight diseases that were once untreatable some of which are cancer and neuro-related-tumors.
Now one of these new emerging new technologies that are really a good tool to fight such disease is the Intraoperative CT scanner or in short iCT. The magic of the idea is that it is not a totally new idea as CT scanners are now considered old school compared to PET, SPECT, FMRI* or CyberKnife. However, iCT is just as good as any of these machines as now when the doctor is capable to see the results of his operation inside operation room and is now able to do any modifications like cutting more tumor areas or simply make sure that the surgery went well!
This is just magic as before iCT, the doctor and the patient had to wait after the surgery to know if the surgery is successful or not. But now, thanks to iCT, the doctor can see minor details in high resolution and thus the success rate of surgery is going to be much higher and at minimal further complications to patients.
Unfortunately, the relatively high costs and the specific architectural requirements of such operation rooms are some obstacles that come across any hospital that wants to adapt such system, as such systems cost millions of dollars. One of the ways that make the system more efficient is the making of a dual iCT room, which mean that one iCT is used for two operation rooms, this can be possible by having the iCT in the middle of that two rooms and to be able to move it around to the two rooms. In addition to this, one must keep in mind that the operation room is going to have other machines and devices this hype of operation rooms is called the hybrid operation room.
The best place where iCT can make the most advantage is in hospitals that are specialized in neuro-related-diseases or tumors. Thus, we are now seeing the emergence of medical cities where each building is specialized in certain diseases and where the medical equipment machines and staff are specialized in specific majors.
So I hope that in the near future many hospitals from around the world are able to have such systems integrated to their operation rooms to be able to cure patients in a more definite way.
*PET: Positron Emission Tomography
*SPECT: Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography
*FMRI: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging