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.”