FORT DETRICK, Md. — Together with the Defense Logistics Agency, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity awarded a joint service contract for the procurement of joint deployable computerized tomography scanners.
The CT scanners will help field surgeons diagnose wounded warfighters in deployed settings at the field hospitals.
“This contract award will result in the delivery of a state-of-the-art, deployable CT scanner to the Army for use in austere environments, ensuring that the warfighter receives the best possible care should harm befall them on the battlefield,” Dr. Tyler Bennett, project manager for the Warfighter Deployed Medical Systems Project Management Office at USAMMDA, said in a news release.
The scanner uses computer-processed combinations of several X-ray images taken from a variety angles to produce cross-sectional images focusing on specific areas of the patient. In a deployed settings, this improves the surgeon’s ability to diagnose trauma patients non-invasively at the field hospital. It is particularly helpful for injuries to the head, abdomen, spine and eyes.
Previous fielded CT models have become unavailable. With advances in technology, there was a need for a new system, the release states.
In addition to procuring a more technically advanced and modernized solution, this effort focused on analyzing the lifecycle logistics of a replacement device and ensuring that the next deployable CT was modern and sustainable.
“The Army first fielded the previous CT scanner in 2003, and since that time there have been significant advances in technology and medical systems,” Army Maj. Janessa Moyer, product manager for Medical Modernization, Warfighter Deployed Medical Systems at USAMMDA, said in the release. “This new contract for deployed CT scanners is critical to the readiness of the warfighter and our medical units.”
As a part of the joint service contract, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force worked together to standardize their requirements for CT systems in the deployed setting.
The Defense Logistics Agency awarded the joint service contract for over $40 million to Siemens for the SOMATOM go.Top Deployable CT.
USAMMDA is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, under the Army Futures Command. USAMMDA is responsible for developing and delivering products designed to protect and preserve the lives of war-
fighters across the globe. These products include drugs, vaccines, biologics, devices and medical support equipment intended to maximize survival of casualties on the battlefield.