New scanner from Canon Medical alleviates pressure to fast-track lung cancer referrals
An Aquilion Prime SP CT scanner from Canon Medical Systems UK has been installed at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Dorset Lung Cancer Pathway. The new scanner will enable greater imaging capacity to fulfil high priority fast-track lung cancer appointments across the county of Dorset, taking patient referrals from its own Poole catchment, plus those from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Dorchester.
The Poole Hospital site was selected for the additional lung cancer referral CT scanner as it is geographically central to the neighbouring Trusts. The increased imaging capacity will help to deliver CT scans of patients with high suspicion chest X-rays within 72 hours, and reporting within three days. A Canon Medical scanner was selected for its high imaging speeds and to give image continuity across the three hospitals, as reporting of patient diagnostic images takes place at the originating referral hospital. Outside of lung cancer referral work, the scanner will be used for general imaging requirements.
“We have been delighted with the speed of imaging from the Canon Medical Aquilion Prime SP CT and its ease-of-use,” states Amy Morris, Lead CT Radiographer at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “It will provide ‘bread and butter’ surveillance and staging scans, the vital part of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment planning in our county.”
Mark Thomas, CT Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “The Aquilion Prime SP is an efficient and fast solution for increasing general imaging workloads or extending specific patient services. We look forward to supporting the Dorset scanner and ensuring the imaging team has all the necessary user skills to maximise productivity and patient workflow.”
Photo caption: An Aquilion Prime SP CT scanner from Canon Medical Systems UK has been installed at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Dorset Lung Cancer Pathway. Standing: Jesus Rengalota, CT Radiographer; Gabrielle Miles, Care Support Worker; Darren Brooke, Care Support Worker; Cliodhna Brennan, CT Radiographer. Seated: Iain Burley, Account Manager, Canon Medical UK; & Katy Bysh, Deputy CT Superintendent.