Hi-tech scanner will save lives
A NEW, super-fast scanner which could save hundreds of lives has been unveiled at the William Harvey Hospital.
A computerised tomography (CT) scanning suite with a technologically advanced Siemens Defintion Flash scanner costing £1.2 million was opened by chief executive of the East Kent Hospitals Trust Stuart Bain last Friday.
The scanner, which is one of only four in hospitals across the UK, will allow doctors to see how far a stroke has progressed and help them diagnose trauma inju- ries such as bleeding on the brain quicker than ever before.
The revolutionary piece of technology can make a detailed scan of a heart in just 250 milliseconds. The rapid scanning time will reduce the risk of exposing patients to high levels of radiation.
CT clinical manager Ruth Moore said: “The entire thorax can be scanned in less than a second.
“The incredible reduction in radiation dose makes these new scanners much healthier for patients by protecting the most radiation-sensitive organs of the body, such as the female breast.”
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Chief executive Stuart Bain cuts the ribbon on the new machine at William Harvey Hospital