Hospital’s new scanner to improve diagnosis

A new state-of-the-art scanner at Lincoln County Hospital is set to vastly improve the accuracy of diagnoses.

The £500,000 Philips Brightview XCT is a scanner that combines both nuclear medicine and CT scanning in the same unit.

Nuclear medicine scanning provides images of body function. CT scanning reveals the structure of the body.

For the first time at the hospital, the combination of these two types of scan will allow for abnormalities in body function to be pinpointed to the exact position in the body.

The equipment will initially be used for bone and abdominal scans. It is expected that the range of uses will increase rapidly.

David Hamilton, Lead for Nuclear Medicine at Lincoln County Hospital, said: “The machine’s advanced capabilities will provide greater accuracy of results, ensuring a better service provision for our patients.

“We are delighted to be able to offer advanced scans such as these locally.”

Source: ULHT | Photo: Samantha Fisher for The Lincolnite