New techniques to detect health issues at hospital
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.”