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New era of diagnostic scanningMonday 11 July 2016

A new state-of-the-art CT scanner has been installed at Springfield Hospital. The scanner replaces the existing one enabling patients and consultants to benefit from a new generation of imaging technology.

Phil Thompson, Radiology Manager at Springfield Hospital, said: “The CT scanner offers advanced imaging quality enabling us to see greater anatomical detail. Oncology patients will also benefit from the new scanner as it can be used for radiotherapy planning, recording the exact site of the cancer and body measurements to ensure patients are accurately positioned every time they have radiotherapy treatment.”

The scanner upgrade is part of a wider hospital redevelopment and expansion programme which includes a dedicated oncology centre, sixth operating theatre, new 13-bed day case unit, additional outpatient consulting and minor treatment rooms, and more car parking.  However, installing the new scanner was a huge and exciting project in itself.  In order to get the new scanner into the building the hospital’s main entrance doors had to be removed and replaced.  The new scanner is around 7ft long and weighs approx. 6,000 kilograms. The installation of the new scanner has also allowed for some redesign of the department which will improve the patient flow when coming into the hospital for a CT scan.

Stuart Emerson, General Manager at Springfield Hospital, said: “This is a very exciting phase in the development of Springfield Hospital. We have been providing rapid diagnosis and first-class private healthcare for over 25 years, and the new scanner is just one example of our ongoing investment in our facilities and technology to meet the future healthcare needs of our patients.”

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