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Saving Newborns, One Picture at a Time

Did you know a half-million premature babies die each year—and most deaths occur in developing countries that lack access to advanced technology? At a hospital in Slovakia, Intel®-powered convertible devices are helping doctors save lives and improve the quality of care for all newborns.

Imagine that you are a physician at a children’s hospital. An ultrasound on a newborn shows a cyst in the abdominal cavity, and the neonatologist recommends puncturing the cyst. But a further test, a CT scan, suggests that the entire kidney needs to be removed—a far more invasive and dangerous surgery. The baby’s life is at stake; what should you do?

To save the lives of premature and full-term newborns like this one, doctors at the Children’s Teaching Hospital in Kosice, Slovakia, rely on an innovative, Intel-based solution that helps them make faster, more informed decisions. Intel® Core™ i5 processor-based Samsung Series 7* convertible devices enable the doctors to quickly transmit and view all tests on a flat-screen monitor using Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi). In this case, reviewing the large, high-definition images of the tests on the flat-screen led doctors to choose the less invasive procedure, which successfully saved the baby’s life without loss of a kidney.

“We have about 30 admissions per week, and probably one diagnosis per week is changed and improved due to big-screen visualization of scans and mobile access using the Samsung convertible device,” said Dr. Peter Krcho, head of the hospital’s Neonatal Clinic and NICU.

The Intel-based convertible device, which is also used at a neonatal unit in Martin, Slovakia, enables doctors to monitor newborns’ blood flow, kidney processing, and other vital metrics in one place, instead of checking each diagnostic individually. The device is lightweight, takes up little space, and has enough memory to store hundreds of ultrasounds and other data-heavy images. Doctors also use the convertible devices to perform remote diagnostics, and they transmit images to the flat-screen for group consultations that speed decision-making and reduce the need for additional tests.

Just a week after the incident described above, another newborn with a similar diagnosis was admitted to the hospital. Using knowledge gained from the first experience and the technology-based visualizations, the second newborn was also saved—this time without need for a costly CT scan, which exposes babies to potentially harmful radiation.

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