Precision is vital when a child's life depends on it

An estimated 8,400 Egyptian children develop cancer per year. Until recently, 40% of them died due to a lack of proper treatment. In an attempt increase survival rates, the Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute (AFNCI) set up a state-of-the-art Children's Cancer Hospital (CCH) in Cairo. The 180-bed hospital, which is entirely funded by donations, provides free first-class treatment for approximately 1,500 children every year. It is considered a center of excellence that has changed the way pediatric oncology is practiced in Egypt and neighboring countries.

Advance, high-quality imaging
As a center of excellence, CCH has a firm strategy to use the most advanced high-quality equipment available today. “From the outset we wanted a truly digital hospital that would allow us to make images from all radiographic modalities easily and instantly accessible across the hospital,” said Dr. Mohamed Aggag, medical imaging consultant and Director of Medical Imaging at CCF.

Impressed at Harvard
In 2009, a tender for medical displays was issued that would allow the hospital to go filmless. Dr. Aggag had previously used Barco displays during his training at Harvard University: “My experience there convinced me that Barco offers the best quality on the market. I was pleased to hear my colleagues shared my opinion. After due process, we resolutely chose Barco.” Barco professionally installed 24 Coronis 3MP display systems. Some were reconfigured to allow connection to the three workstations running Windows Vista.

Contrast and detail
“The Barco displays provide us with the exceptional quality we demand of them,” Dr. Aggag confirmed. “They ensure optimum diagnostic precision: high-definition and high-contrast images where you can really see the slightest of detail. This high level of accuracy is, of course, vital in all oncology activities but I dare say it is even more vital for us. After all, we are working with children. Their organs are smaller, and still growing. For example, the diagnosis of brain tumors, one of the most common cancers we treat here, requires unmatched accuracy and high-contrast images that guarantee the correct display of each pixel across the entire screen. Before going digital, we had a tolerance level of 6 to 7mm, now that is only 1 to 2mm maximum. This makes a huge difference.”

More Barco
CCH mainly treats children suffering from leukemia, brain tumors and solid tumors. “We can now successfully treat up to 75% of the pediatric tumors we see, provided they are diagnosed early enough. The diagnostic precision and confidence rendered by the Coronis display systems is crucial to help our hospital achieve its aim of achieving pediatric cancer rates on a par with those in the West – or better still,” Dr. Aggag concluded. “I'll gladly recommend the further purchase of Barco displays for the satellite hospitals that will be opening soon.”