Spire Murrayfield Hospital has begun construction work which will see the installation of a static on-site CT scanner.
Work on the purpose built suite which will house the scanner got underway in late March and is part of a £1.9 million investment in the hospital’s imaging facilities.
The equipment; a Toshiba Aquilion 64 Multislice Whole Body CT Scanner, is due to be fully operational by the end of June 2009, adding to the comprehensive, quality range of services available to patients at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital.
CT (Computerised Tomography) uses a series of x-ray beams to produce images of the body in slices, showing detail not possible from a normal x-ray. It can build up 3D images and distinguish hundreds of different levels of density.
CT can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions including stroke, orthopaedic and cardiovascular problems, and also for pre and post-operative assessment.
Kim Hogg, Diagnostic Imaging Manager at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, commented: “I am delighted that the hospital has invested in this particular scanner which is at the cutting edge of technology.”
“Our patients will have access to faster and more flexible appointment times in pleasant comfortable surroundings. Our on-site scanning facilities could not have come at a better time as our newly opened oncology department will get ease of access for patients requiring follow-up scans. The transferring of patients with acute illnesses for further CT investigation will also be a thing of the past.”