TEMPLE, Texas – A new advanced medical imaging device is now being used at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center following an annual fundraising event that raised more than $200,000.
The device, a mobile C-arm, produces real time high-resolution images that can assist physicians performing minimally invasive procedures and pediatric surgeries.
“We are thrilled to be able to augment this gift from the Visionaries to purchase additional technology to benefit the children of Central Texas,” said Mark Rahm, MD, Glen E and Rita K Roney Endowed Chair, department of orthopaedic surgery, Baylor Scott & White Roney Bone and Joint Institute. “This enhanced C-arm will be used daily in many surgical procedures that can significantly impact a child’s normal growth and function.”
The mobile C-arm has a smaller footprint, emits less radiation, and is more cost effective than traditional machines. It can be used by orthopedic, trauma and vascular specialists. Enhanced mobility and imaging allow physicians to reduce trauma to the body for a variety of procedures that can help improve outcomes. In 2019, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center conducted more than 800 C-arm procedures, and the need for highly specialized pediatric care is increasing.
“I am grateful for the donors from our community. They are helping us save lives by funding these generous donations,” said Dominic Lucia, MD, chief medical officer, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s. “With our community’s help we will continue to build on our commitment to provide quality care by expanding services and investing in more equipment to meet the growing needs of our patients.”
As the community grows, the medical needs for the pediatric population change and the hospital evaluates how best to meet those needs. Through ongoing philanthropic support, including the Visionaries of the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation, funds have been raised to purchase much-needed equipment, allowing the addition of new pediatric services that enhance the patient experience. Last year, the Visionaries’ annual Boots and Bandanas event played an integral role in the purchase of the hospital’s C-arm.
The C-arm officially debuted on Jan. 23 at the medical center and went into service on Jan. 27. In addition to purchasing the new medical device, the Visionaries presented a check to support other hospital needs.
For more information about the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's, visit https://childrens.bswhealth.com/
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