Staff at Spire Cheshire Hospital were joined by special guests David Mowat, MP for South Warrington, Ryan Atkins and Michael Monaghan from Warrington Wolves at the opening of the new CT scanner.
The new state-of-the-art CT scanner can scan the entire heart in just 12 seconds. More importantly it will provide an alternative to invasive tests such as cardio-angiograms used to detect early signs of heart disease.
Dr Balazs Ruzsics, Consultant Cardiologist said ‘Swift and accurate diagnosis is crucial for patients suffering with chest pain. At Spire Cheshire we can now offer a CT calcium score test to determine the risk of heart disease and CT angiography which is less invasive than conventional angiograms where dye is injected into the coronary arteries using a catheter. The new Toshiba Aquilion™ scanner will speed up diagnosis and treatment and minimise the patient’s exposure to harmful radiation’.
Coronary heart disease kills 90,000 people each year in the UK, one in five men and one in six women – half of which is instantaneous.
Andrew Eadsforth, Hospital Director added ‘The CT scanner can scan all areas of the body and the cardiac scans will change the way we deal with patients that show early signs of heart disease or who are more at risk, as well as being less invasive than other tests. The scanner will enable more detailed and improved quality images which will aid diagnosis with reduced radiation. Patients who are anxious about undergoing CT scans can also be reassured that they will be off the table quickly’.
David Mowat, MP South Warrington commented ‘The scanner is a great investment for the future and will provide a fabulous service to the people of Warrington – as well as the Wolves players who already take advantage of the hospital’s diagnostic services’.
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