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Opening of PET CT scanner

Dorset’s first ever static PET/CT scanner has been officially opened at Poole Hospital.

The first of its kind in the UK, the £2.5m state-of-the-art scanner helps identify changes in the size and location of cancers.

The scanner provides hybrid diagnostic imaging, combining PET and CT imaging, as well as PET or CT scans individually. The images produced indicate to clinicians the effectiveness of the body’s response to cancer treatment.

The scanner uses lower doses of radiation making it safer for patients, and provides the most detailed imaging ever. It replaces a mobile unit, which visited the hospital three times a week.

This static scanner also allows children and inpatients to be assessed at the hospital for the first time. The newly refurbished PET/CT department is more spacious and comfortable for patients than the mobile unit and offers the chance for the hospital to take part in research studies.

Alliance Medical, Europe’s leading independent provider of imaging services, has been awarded a contract by NHS England to provide PET/CT services at over 30 hospitals in England.  Alliance Medical, in partnership with Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust, has invested in the new unit.

The facility was officially opened on Friday (11 August) by guest of honour, international actor, Guy Henry. Guy has starred in films including Star Wars: Rogue One and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, as well the Holby City TV series and is a patron of the cancer treatment trust.

PET CT scanner opening, August 2017

Dr Angus Wood, a consultant radiologist at Poole Hospital and deputy medical director said:  “It’s a tremendous privilege to have the UK’s most advanced PET/CT scanner here at Poole Hospital.

“This state-of-the-art facility represents a real step change in our ability to monitor cancers and plan with even greater accuracy each patient’s treatment.

“It is a great example of partnership working that is making a real difference to patients’ lives.”

Dr Mark Ferreira, Alliance Medical UK Medical Director said: “The management and staff of Alliance Medical are pleased to partner with the Poole Hospital and the Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust to provide a world class PET-CT diagnostic service to the Dorset community.

“The installation of the first “digital ready” scanner in the UK in Poole Hospital will provide doctors and patients with state of the art facilities and services and further support the NHS vision of local access to high quality diagnostic services.”

Stuart Dean, Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust’s chairman, said: “We are delighted as a voluntary charity to be associated with this, the first joint development between Poole Hospital, Alliance Medical and the Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust.”

“This is a continuing collaboration between us and the hospital which we are sure will continue for many years to come.

“We are already in the process of discussing our next venture to assist in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer for those living in our county.”

The scanner has been in operation since April 2017, this event is the official opening of the unit.

PET CT scanner opening

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