Spire Norwich Hospital is injecting £1.2 million into its diagnostic scanning capabilities with the purchase of a cutting edge 64 slice CT (computerised tomography) scanner and continued extension of its Cross Sectional Imaging Suite.
It is the first, fixed site, CT scanner of this calibre in the private sector for East Anglia.
The system is more sophisticated than CT scanners used by the majority of UK hospitals allowing patients to be scanned more quickly, in greater detail, enabling a much wider range of conditions to be investigated and diagnosed.
Its advanced capabilities will also enable the hospital to use CT scanning in place of some other more invasive procedures. CT colonoscopies, for example can replace barium enemas to investigate abnormalities of the large bowel. Surveys confirm that this procedure is much more acceptable to patients.
‘The new scanner will sharpen our diagnostic capabilities while also increasing the range and complexity of conditions we are able to handle’ said Mark Burkill, Radiology Manager.
‘CT angiography can now be used to examine blood vessels in different parts of the body rather than catheter studies. It has the potential to add a new dimension to our skills in the field of Cardiology, where CT Coronary Angiography may be used instead of conventional coronary angiography in selected patients. It can also be used to assess the risk of coronary heart disease in a patient via a process of calcium scoring.’ he continued.
CT scans are relied upon to diagnose a wide range of conditions such as neurological disorders, abdominal conditions and orthopaedic complaints and to monitor the progress of conditions already identified and the impact of treatment.
The hospital’s existing Cross Sectional Imaging Suite, which already houses the MRI Scanner, is being extended to make room for the new scanner and will open in late August 2008. It will replace the mobile CT scanning facility which currently operates from the hospital car park two days a week.