Hi-tech scan­ner will save lives

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by James Scott js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture: Paul Den­nis PD1704997

Chil­ham vol­un­teers work­ing with po­lice in Old Wives Lees with a speed cam­era

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Bain cuts the rib­bon on the new ma­chine at Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal

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