A new CT scanner has been unveiled at the Clinical Research Imaging Facility at Ninewells Hospital.
NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright joined the Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Rory McCrimmon, Co-Director of Tayside Academic Health Sciences Partnership Professor Dilip Nathwani, NHS Tayside non-executive members Trudy McLeay and Emma-Jane Wells, and other invited guests at a launch event yesterday.
The machine has the ability to perform several thousand scans per year and will be able to detect strokes, cancers and injuries to internal organs in patients from across Tayside. It will also be used to carry out ground-breaking research by staff from the University of Dundee.
The new scanner will join an array of advanced imaging machinery in the Clinical Research Imaging Facility, one of only a few such centres worldwide.
Professor Graeme Houston, Co-Director of Clinical Research Imaging Facility, said, “Computerised tomography (CT) scanners use X-rays to create detailed images of the inside of the body. This new addition to our unit will mean thousands more scans will be taken every year – this will not only help patients locally but also provide crucial data for our clinical research into life-threatening diseases.
“Our current MRI scanner uses a 3 Telsa magnetic field that is twice as strong as most clinical scanners. This combined with our new CT scanner, means we will be able to help detect abnormalities within patients earlier and also mean we can provide safe clinical trials completed to the highest standards.”