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£600,000 investment in scanner at Grimsby hospital


 Patients are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art CT scanner which has been installed at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. 

The £600,000 investment has enabled the replacement of an old scanner which was installed back in 2009. 

A CT – computerised tomography – scan uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body such as the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. 

They can be used to: 

  • Diagnose conditions including damage to bones, injuries to organs, problems with blood flow, strokes and cancer 
  • Guide further tests or treatment for example helping to determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before radiotherapy, or allowing a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess 
  • Monitor conditions such as checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment. 

Ruth Kent, head of clinical support services, said: “This is a significant investment for the hospital which has seen our ageing scanner replaced with a new one. Demand for imaging has increased significantly in the last ten years from us scanning 20 to 30 patients a day back then to more than 50 a day now.” 

Pre-installation work has been taking place over the last 12 weeks during which patients requiring a CT scan have been seen in a mobile unit in the hospital’s car park 

Ruth said: “I would like to apologise to our patients for any inconvenience they may have experienced over the last few months and thank them for their patience. 

“Located within our radiology department this new scanner will provide a much improved service for all patients.” 

In addition, the Trust has successfully secured capital monies for a second CT scanner to be installed at Scunthorpe hospital which is planned to be operational during the spring of 2019. Having two scanners at the hospital will allow for more patients to be seen.