Scandinavians collaborate to place CT unit in helicopter

By staff writers

October 13, 2020 -- The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, Norsk Luftambulanse, and Swedish automotive firm Semcon have partnered to install a CT scanner in a helicopter ambulance. The goal is to provide rapid stroke diagnosis by providing a scan before a patient even arrives at the hospital.

Norsk Luftambulanse demonstrated the feasibility of the concept by fitting a light, compact scanner on a specially constructed helicopter ambulance. The new partnership aims to expand upon this accomplishment by developing a whole scanner system that can be used in helicopters, ambulances, and even as a mobile unit for use in small hospitals.

The SNLA CT scanner
The SNLA CT scanner. Image courtesy of the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.

Semcon will first study the technology, then develop and test a stretcher compatible with the scanner. The company will also provide specialists to consult on control, electronic, and mechanical systems.

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