Yes we scan!

North Mid unveils new £1.1m scanner, reports James Cracknell

The new CT scanner has received a thumbs-up from staff at North Mid
The new CT scanner has received a thumbs-up from staff at North Mid

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust has installed a £1.1million high-tech computed tomography (CT) scanner.

The new equipment at the Edmonton hospital is now helping patients receive quicker, more accurate, and less harmful CT scans. The ‘Aquilion One Prism’ significantly improves the ability to obtain high-quality images consistently across patients, through its 16cm-wide area detector camera.

A major benefit of the scanner’s camera is that patients can be scanned in one rotation and the speed of the scans are much quicker. And because the speed of rotation is faster than North Mid’s previous scanners, patients will receive less radiation exposure – a third less radiation overall.

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Alongside this, quicker and sharper imaging is “a guarantee”.

Hamza Sultan, CT lead radiographer, said: “The new state-of-the-art CT scanner is a significant upgrade on our previous scanner, ensuring a better experience for our patients and staff.

“The scanner produces enhanced images with less radiation and at faster speeds. As a local community member, I am sure patients will be delighted to have access to this facility.”

The £1.1million investment not only benefits patients through the ability to have faster scans but it reduces the need to repeat scans by producing more accurate diagnoses. The scanner also allows staff to move their patients up, down, left or right to the correct position at the touch of a button.

The CT scanner’s installation has been a “mammoth undertaking” involving teams from across the NHS trust, including the radiology teams who lead the project and the estates teams who worked days, nights and weekends in making sure the scanner was installed safely and correctly.

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