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Mobile CT unit set up in Xinjiang
2020-03-04 source:Chinadaily
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The outside of a mobile CT unit which was put into operation recently at the Sixth People's Hospital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A mobile unit equipped with CT machines was put into operation recently in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region's Sixth People's Hospital to increase scanning efficiency and reduce infection risks.

The mobile CT machines are able to scan a patient in eight seconds on average. Images and data can be transferred to doctors via smart functions using 5G technology.

"The mobile CT unit can reduce risks of cross-infection. It meets demands for quarantine treatment amid the COVID-19 epidemic," said Yang Yuxin, director of the hospital's imaging center.

The inside of a mobile CT unit which was put into operation recently in the Sixth People's Hospital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

CT equipment is typically installed indoors where people need to walk past crowds of patients before arriving at the scanning machines, which increases the risk of cross-infection. In contrast, the mobile CT unit is installed in a stand-alone manner, outside a fever clinic, which enables patients to walk into CT scanning rooms directly, Yang said.

In addition, the unit has separate access for entry and exit for medical staff and patients.

At eight meters long and three meters wide, the CT unit is equipped with facilities for both scanning and carrying out ultraviolet disinfection. The unit maintains a constant temperature, is waterproof and is insulated from heat and cold.

A medical staff member works in a mobile CT unit which was put into operation recently in the Sixth People's Hospital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]