Computed Tomography Scanner
Medical devices play a very important part in modern society and save many lives every day. Hospital environment can be very stressful, therefore it is important to focus on the design of medical equipment in order to decrease the number of stress factors. A simple glance at a medical device can have a strong influence on a patient's psychological condition and the overall environment appearance affects hospital staff as well.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
ShellTec CT scanner brings a new way of shaping which makes everyday use and daily maintenance easier. Special focus is placed on ergonomics, ensuring maximum comfort of the patient and easy use by the staff. The organic shape inspired by nature makes this CT scanner unconventional and unique.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
One of the main goals was to respect the rules of ergonomics by providing maximum comfort for patients on the scanning table. Thanks to the vertical movement of the patient table it is easy even for physically challenged patients to lie down and get up again. The shape of the table also keeps the patient from falling off. Suspension of the table from the side of the device allows for more efficient floor cleaning. Daily operation is pleasant for hospital staff thanks to optimized placement of displays and controls in areas most suitable according to ergonomic requirements.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project was created in June 2013 and has been displayed in Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore, the Technical Museum in Brno, Zlin Congress Centre, Cieszyn Museum and Castle, and will be presented during the Budapest Design Week 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
CT scanners put high demands on daily maintenance in general, and some of it is caused by the device body and patient table being separate. Therefore, the goal was to present a different and unconventional solution for the patient table in order to allow for easier and more efficient daily maintenance and cleaning.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
ShellTec CT scanner brings a new solution by integrating all structural parts into one unit – the „shell“. By eliminating the gantry support columns and removing the support base of the patient table, outward appearance of this CT scanner is changed radically without any visible technical parts. The gantry also allows for rotation 30 degrees back and forward.
2350 mm x 4700 mm x 2250 mm
Computed Tomography Scanner, Medical Device, Unique Design, Maximum Comfort, Easy Daily Maintenance
The ShellTec CT scanner design was created based on a detailed analysis of many information sources. In addition to technical requirements, the main focus was on the opinions of patients and professional staff. The presented design is therefore prepared for possible further developed and realization. The simple shape inspired by nature would contribute to easier daily use and should also have positive influence on psychological condition of patients and staff. Thanks to all these advantages, ShellTec CT scanner would be beneficial and useful in practice.
Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are among the most often used medical devices for patient body imaging. A CT scanner creates a number of images (slices) of a patient's body, which helps diagnose internal diseases and injuries. Because of high technical sophistication and a proven construction, the way most manufacturers design these devices is very similar and conventional. This was the motivation for proposing a new CT scanner design.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Designer Gabriela Ronzova