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New static PET scanner is first in the country

Poole Hospital’s new state-of-the-art static PET/CT scanning service has imaged its first patients this week.

Claire Davies and Dr. Michael Brooks PET CT scanner

 

The purpose-built facility, next to our nuclear medicine department, replaces a mobile unit which visited each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It’s the first static scanner in Dorset, and the first of its kind in the country. It provides the most detailed imaging ever, using lower doses of radiation to make it safer for patients. The scanner offers hybrid diagnostic imaging – a combination of PET and CT images, while the unit’s layout is far more spacious and comfortable for patients than the mobile facility was.

It will mainly be used to image and stage cancers, helping to identify changes in size and location as well as indicating how effective treatment is. It also allows greater scope than the mobile unit, meaning children and inpatients can now be scanned for the first time, as well as being put to use in research studies.

The scanner will be operated by Alliance Medical in partnership with our nuclear medicine and medical physics teams. Radiologists from Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals will continue to provide the resultant clinical reports.

“This is a fantastic new facility, and it’s great to know that patients in the county will be benefitting from the state-of-the-art imaging now possible here,” said Dr Kat Dixon, consultant clinical scientist and head of nuclear medicine at Poole Hospital.

“The differences between the mobile and static facilities are enormous, and I am confident patients will really appreciate the greatly improved environment, space and comfort.”

The scanner’s arrival has been made possible thanks to a £500,000 donation from the Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust charity, and forms part of a national agreement between Alliance Medical and NHS England to provide more static scanners across the country.

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