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MTS Debuts Nation’s First Onsite CT Scanner Dedicated to Organ Procurement

Posted July 20, 2011 in News Category

Ten years after MTS opened the nation’s first surgical suite dedicated to organ procurement, the organization is leading the way again. In June, MTS became the first Organ Procurement Organization in the country to install an onsite CT scanner. This addition enhances the organ recovery process for transplant centers and partner hospitals by allowing timely imaging and testing, and for the recipient, who is assured of receiving the best possible organ. 

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“For us, it’s just as important as having our own cardiac cath lab,” says Jason Coleman, MTS Director of Organ Procurement. “The onsite scanner decreases the need to get additional testing at our partner hospitals, which keeps their CT scanners and radiologists available for patients. It also allows us to offer real-time imaging on potential donors. This enhances the services we provide to transplant surgeons for organ evaluation.”

The addition of the CT scanner further exemplifies MTS’s commitment to being good stewards of the precious gifts given through donation. Providing the services of a CT scanner allows MTS to streamline the recovery process by transporting the ctscanner-20masterwebdonor to its facility sooner, instead of waiting at a partner hospital for additional testing; and by allowing surgeons to determine if the organs are suitable for donations before recovery begins. This also reduces delays in ensuring a timely funeral for the donor family.

“We are continually evaluating the best ways to serve our donor families, donor hospitals, and transplant centers,” said Dean F. Kappel, MTS President and Chief Executive Officer. “With a long history of innovation, an onsite CT scanner is another example of how we are saving lives through excellence in donation.”

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 “There’s a push to get more frequent imaging on donors, especially donors with increased risk factors,” said Coleman. “Many transplant centers are asking for additional imaging. With that mindset, this allows us to anticipate their needs and provide those services so the surgeons can evaluate the donor as best as possible for their patients awaiting transplant.”

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