Their potential despair turned to hope with the arrival of the Global Mercy. Backed by CT technology and the expertise of its medical staff, their path to recovery became visible.
“The role of the CT scanner on board has been pivotal in facilitating accurate diagnoses and ensuring optimal patient outcomes,” Martha said. “With its short scanning times, it reduces breath-hold time, decreasing patient anxiety. We were able to obtain diagnostic quality imaging by prioritizing patient safety and minimizing radiation dose without compromising scan quality. The CT scanner also provides emergency imaging for the 500+ crew on board the vessel.”
These voices underline not only the advancements in medical technology but also the human-centric approach adopted by the ship's healthcare personnel.
Over a 10-month journey, out of the 2,500 to 3,000 operations performed, a significant number lean heavily on the expertise of the CT scanner. It's not just about numbers, but about the lives touched, altered, and rejuvenated through these medical interventions.
As Mercy Ships continues its voyage, touching shores from Senegal to Sierra Leone and many more, they reaffirm a promise: that with collaboration, innovation, and sheer will, quality healthcare can be a reality for all. As the journey continues with Ghana as the next stop, the collaboration between Mercy Ships and Philips Foundation stands as proof of a unified vision: a future where technology and humanity navigate side by side toward a hopeful horizon.