A new scanner costing more than £700,000 has been installed at Hull Royal Infirmary.
The development of a new £800,000-plus radiography suite which houses the state-of-the-art computerised tomography (CT) scanner is the latest development in the redesign of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Ongoing improvement works in the emergency care area are expected to cost in the region of £7 million overall and are due for completion by the end of the year, but this latest piece of kit, which replaces an older version, represents a significant advance in clinical practice and is already being used to provide potentially life-saving diagnoses for patients across the region.
Rachel Cooper, CT Section Manager for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“We typically scan up to 80 patients a day here at Hull Royal Infirmary, and that can be anything from scanning to check for internal bleeding in the abdomen to head injuries and cancers.
“The updated scanner provides us with a range of benefits, but perhaps the most important of these is that it enables us to generate high quality images whilst delivering lower doses of radiation to the patient. At the same time, the technology also offers us the opportunity to obtain much more detailed pictures than we’ve been able to generate previously if we need to look at things much more closely.”
The CT scanner will largely be used to support the diagnosis and treatment of hospital inpatients, such as those who have been involved in accidents, experienced major trauma or who have suffered a stroke, as well as in response to surgical emergencies.
“The CT scanner is essential in enabling us to support our doctors and nurses in treating hundreds of potentially life-threatening conditions every month, and is a really welcome development within our service.”