New scanners give medical imaging resilience boost for patients across Lincolnshire

Five new CT scanners installations will expand imaging capacity & cardiac capabilities

The introduction of five new CT scanners at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will expand cardiac imaging across its hospital sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham. They will enable the Trust to enhance diagnostic services at all sites. The new equipment will also boost general imaging capacity across the region, giving greater healthcare resilience and a better patient experience.

Three Canon Medical Aquilion Prime SP CTs have already been installed: two at Pilgrim Hospital Boston as a replacement static CT inside the hospital, and one inside a new modular building; and one at Grantham and District Hospital. A further two CTs, including a state-of-the-art Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition featuring Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) are to be in place at Lincoln County Hospital by the summer of 2021.

Paul Clark, Radiology Service Manager at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust states, “The advanced technology inside the new Aquilion CT scanners is a vital part of modernising our imaging services to be fit for the future. Getting dose as low as reasonably practical to reduce the radiation burden on patients, whilst optimising image quality for diagnosis, has always been the challenge in CT. This was a key motivator in selecting the new Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) inside the Aquilion PRISM CT – it is a game-changer for the future of diagnostic imaging to speed up patient examinations yet keep image quality high and dose low for confident diagnoses. We have also added cardiac capabilities to all the new CT scanners which means patients can be seen closer to home rather than always needing to travel to the city hospital.”

Mark Thomas, CT Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “The enthusiasm at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is great to hear and we know the Aquilion CT scanners designed for speed, high-quality imaging and low dose won’t disappoint. This is the third generation of CT scanner innovation that Canon Medical has provided to the Trust, and we can assure them of continued, first-class technical after care by our service team, Applications for Life and ongoing knowledge development through our Imaging Academy.”

Photo caption: The introduction of five new CT scanners at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will enhance cardiac imaging services across its hospital sites. Pictured L to R: Sarah Robinson, Clinical Imaging Assistant; Nigel Allen, Radiology Operational Manager; Miguel Santa Cruz, CT Radiographer; and Afra Sulfikher, CT Modality Lead at Pilgrim Hospital Boston with the new Aquilion Prime SP CT.