The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is continuing to invest in patient care at Dewsbury and District Hospital with the recent addition of a state of the art CT scanner.
Computed tomography (CT) scanning uses special x-ray equipment to create scans of the body, allowing doctors in radiology (radiologists) to more easily diagnose problems such as cancer, infection, strokes, heart disease and injuries.
CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, and in emergencies can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.
A wider range of applications on the equipment means that the Trust now has more scanning capabilities at Dewsbury. This includes being able to carry out cardiac CT scans which were previously only carried out at Pinderfields.
Ruth Clarke Consultant Radiographer CT and MRI, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The new scanner has a number of other benefits which include the ability to acquire scans in a reduced time, shortening the length of time patients are required to hold their breath (a requirement for scanning some areas of the body), making it a much more comfortable experience for them.
“Additionally, due to recent technological innovations the scans can be undertaken at a reduced radiation dose when compared with older CT scanners.
“As a Trust around 40,000 patients have a CT scan each year, a demand which is increasing, so it’s really important we are able to keep up with new advances in technology as it enables us to give the best possible care and diagnosis to our patients closer to home.”
The new equipment is housed in a purpose built room which includes a new control room and provides a much improved, more spacious, environment for the radiology team and patients.
The Trust is planning to spend £2.5 million pounds a year investing in the modernisation and rationalisation of Dewsbury and District Hospital, for each of the next several years.
Photo (l-r): Ruth Clarke - Consultant Radiographer CT and MRI, Gillian Taylor - Clinical Support Worker and Sarah Hanson - Senior Radiographer with the new CT scanner.