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State of the art scanner arrives at the Cumberland Infirmary

Posted on Tuesday 9th June 2015

A new scanner project with an investment totalling almost £900,000 has been completed at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The SPECT/CT gamma camera is the first of its kind in North Cumbria and the only system dedicated to nuclear medicine in the North East and Cumbria.

The scanner has been installed in the newly designed and refurbished nuclear medicine facility in the medical physics department of the hospital. It replaces a 15 year-old camera which scanned nearly 30,000 patients in its lifetime. The new equipment was purchased after a successful capital bid to the Department of Health.

The new camera will perform all of the nuclear medicine imaging tasks of the old machine such as bone, heart and kidney scans. In addition, the new machine allows CT scans to be performed on patients immediately after the nuclear medicine scan, without the patient moving. This improves the accuracy of diagnoses, prevents the patient from having to attend for two separate scans and provides the clinical team with very high quality images of both scans merged together. The merged scan can provide more precise information about how different parts of the body function together with detailed body structures and can more clearly identify the exact cause of each patient’s problems.

The equipment has been in use since Monday 11 May after an extensive three month programme of building work, installation, commissioning and staff training on the new system.

Jim Methven, director of medical physics at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The new camera is a fantastic investment for the Trust, providing our patients in Cumbria with the latest technology in diagnostics. This also demonstrates how committed the Trust is to investing in new equipment and meeting the needs of modern medicine by further developing our nuclear medicine service.”