Business Day Live (as well as many other news sources) was quick to publish an article about the Lodox Statscan the day after Grey’s Anatomy aired on MNet. That particular episode, Idle Hands, featured a fully-functional Lodox full-body scanner in the ER.
While the show is only make-believe, trauma surgeons who work in trauma units with a Lodox scanner also sing its praises. Professor Ken Boffard, who is a world renowned trauma surgeon working out of Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, lists many of the advantages of the scanner: Low dose to the patient (about 10% of the dose of a conventional X-ray), speed of image acquisition (13 seconds for a full-body scan), a saving of between 15 and 20 minutes per patient during resuscitation, ease of use, and low scatter radiation, making it safer for personnel working in the vicinity of the trauma patient.
This is a sentiment echoed by many other trauma surgeons and radiologists who use the Lodox scanner. The scanner is an integral part of Resuscitation and Trauma in a hospital. It is an extension of the trauma personnel’s senses, not an additional modality for further investigation.
While the Lodox scanner has been leading the way in trauma and ER, another sector of the medical field has not been sitting around idle. The forensic pathology services have been just as keen to install Lodox scanners in the mortuaries. Scanning a body can quickly reveal fractures, certain pathologies (TB, for example) and foreign objects (implants, bullets and ingested materials). This imaging process can greatly speed up the autopsy.
As the Business Day article points out: if there are any downsides to the scanner, the medical experts have yet to find them.