New tech­niques to de­tect health is­sues at hos­pi­tal

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A DUMMY called Jeremy is help­ing medics in Le­ices­ter to de­velop new pro­to­cols for scan­ning pa­tients.

The CT Phan­tom is a syn­thetic hu­man shaped fig­ure the size and weight of an adult which con­tains and ar­ti­fi­cial skele­ton and set of in­ter­nal or­gans - made of dif­fer­ent den­sity resins - which, when X-rayed or CT scanned closely mim­ics the hu­man body. The joint move­ments of the limbs are also very life­like.

Colin Ross, ra­di­ol­ogy site man­ager at Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary, said: “It will al­low us to de­velop new tech­niques more quickly and with­out risk to live pa­tients. For ex­am­ple, it will im­prove our abil­ity to de­velop pro­to­cols for high res­o­lu­tion, low dose CT scans to ex­plore novel treat­ments in asthma, bring­ing new treat­ments to pa­tients in Le­ices­ter.

“It will al­low us to op­ti­mise our pro­to­cols to en­sure we can get bet­ter images with less ra­di­a­tion dose to pa­tients as well as bet­ter test­ing and cal­i­bra­tion of our scan­ners.”

Jeremy will be used by sev­eral dif­fer­ent de­part- ments across the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Le­ices­ter NHS Trust in­clud­ing imag­ing, ra­dio­ther­apy, nu­clear medicine, the Le­ices­ter ra­di­a­tion safety ser­vice (LDSS), the car­diac catheter labs and the hy­brid the­atre.

The CT Phan­tom, man­u­fac­tured in Ja­pan by Ky­oto Ka­gaku, cost just un­der £26,000.

Colin added: “We know that peo­ple like to work in hos­pi­tals that have the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to im­prove re­search and bet­ter pa­tient care so we hope Jeremy will also at­tract new re­cruits.”

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