Croydon University Hospital now has a top of the range CT scanner that is more comfortable for patients and produces incredibly detailed pictures to help clinicians find and treat health problems in any part of the body.
Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson unveiled the new scanner at Croydon University Hospital.
She once relied on scanners and other NHS support when an Achilles injury took her out of competitive sport for two years.
The new device called the Aquilion ONE™ GENESIS Edition CT is the fastest type of CT scanner used in the NHS and can produce high-resolution, accurate images of a heart in only 135 milliseconds – faster than a heartbeat.
It even aims to reduce anxiety.
Pleasant, illuminated images provide a relaxing environment and fun video cartoons help guide children through the process. It also gives advice to patients in many languages.
Anne Geoghegan, CT Superintendent at Croydon University Hospital, part of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “It is fantastic that we now have the fastest type of CT scanner in the NHS.
“It brings our CT imaging firmly up to date, so we can meet demand confidently and offer greater comfort to patients. We love how patients can have wrists and elbows scanned from the comfort of a chair.”
It is hoped the machine will help accurately, quickly and comfortably identify internal issues that clinicians can then address.
Tessa Sanderson added: “Croydon is lucky to have such expertise and technology available. I had a nasty sporting injury at the height of my competitive career. The NHS came through and got me back on my feet but I certainly wish they had these brilliant modern scanners back then.”