Bradford Royal installs relocatable CT to enable patient separation and pre-surgery chest scans

Bradford Royal Infirmary has increased its diagnostic imaging capacity and re-organised its suspected COVID-19 and normal imaging radiology workflow with the introduction of a Relocatable CT Scanner. Rapidly deployed by Canon Medical Systems UK, the temporary facility is located between A&E and radiology.

“The Relocatable CT Scanner allows us to keep ‘green’ patients (without suspected COVID-19) separate from red patients (suspected COVID-19), mirroring the cohorting we have on the wards,” said consultant thoracic radiologist and clinical director of radiology Dr Mark Kon. “Although our teams of radiographers were divided into red and green at the start of the pandemic, they shared a common CT control room. Having an entirely separate scan facility means there is much less risk of cross-infection.

“We will be carrying out pre-operation chest scans to ensure patients are COVID-19 free before undergoing major surgery, and the scanner may also be useful in the recovery phase when we start to catch up with the imaging workload that was put on hold during April and May.”

The scanner features an Aquilion Prime CT, a control room and small changing/ storage area. It is designed with the correct clinical flooring, hospital-grade heating, ventilation and air conditioning requirements as well as datalink connectivity.

Picture: Bradford Royal Infirmary has introduced a Relocatable CT Scanner.

Published on page 18 of the July 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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