Spire Dunedin Hospital in Reading welcomed leading rower, double Olympic silver medallist and Leander Club captain, Debbie Flood who performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and officially opened the new state-of-the-art CT suite on 24 April 2013.
CT stands for computerised tomography. The equipment uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. The images produced by a CT scan are more detailed than standard X-rays. A CT scan can produce images of structures inside the body including the internal organs, blood vessels, bones and tumours.
CT scans can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of different health conditions including brain tumours, certain bone conditions and injuries to internal organs such as the kidneys, liver or spleen. They are also often used to look inside the body before another procedure takes place, such as radiotherapy treatment or a biopsy.
It was fitting that Leander Club captain, Debbie, who won her Olympic medals at the Games in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) was on hand to cut the ribbon. The hospital recently became the sole providers of healthcare to Leander Club’s elite Training Academy. This exciting venture will support up-and-coming athletes and potential Olympians of the future hoping to compete at the very highest level.
Leander Club, Henley on Thames, is the most historic, prestigious and successful rowing club in the world, its athletes having won 112 Olympic and Paralympic medals since 1908.
Margaret da Costa, Hospital Director (pictured right with Debbie Flood) explained to guests; “two very important landmarks in the hospital’s 65 year history have been set today. The launch of our CT suite that ensures we are able to offer the most comprehensive private diagnostic facilities in Reading; also, through our agreement with Leander Club, we are partners in helping our community to deliver world class performance in the future.”