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Second CT scanner to boost hospital efficiency

An additional CT scanner is due to be installed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, following an increase in demand for its imaging services.

CT scans are used to create images of the inside of the body and are more detailed than standard X-rays. A scan takes 5 - 10 minutes and can produce images of internal organs, blood vessels, bones and tumours.

With scanning on the new machine due to begin in June, the state-of-the-art Toshiba Aquilion Prime scanner will run alongside the existing CT scanner at the hospital, allowing radiology staff to work more efficiently while increasing the number of patients they can see and meeting their diagnostic targets.

Both CT scanners will offer patients the highest standard of scanning with the lowest dose of radiation possible.

Over the last 12 months over 57,500 CT scans have been performed across the county by staff at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, an increase from 54,900 the previous year.

Emma Land, CT Superintendent Radiographer said “With rising demand, a second CT scanner in the department is very much be welcomed. The development will also allow us to create extra jobs and provide an improved service for our patients.

“We plan on using one scanner just for outpatient appointments and the other for emergency patients and those on the wards. The extra scanner will also allow us more flexibility when maintenance or servicing is required, meaning patients will less likely need to travel to another hospital to have their scans performed. It’s going to be a huge benefit to the local population and our team is excited about the new development.”