Five CT scanners expand imaging capacity and cardiac capabilities for Lincolnshire patients

The introduction of five new CT scanners at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will expand cardiac imaging across its hospital sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham. They will enable the trust to enhance diagnostic services at all sites and boost general imaging
capacity.

Three Canon Medical Aquilion Prime SP CTs have already been installed, two at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, as a replacement static CT and one in a new modular building; and one at Grantham and District Hospital. A further two CT systems, including an Aquilion One Prism edition featuring Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), are to be in place at Lincoln County Hospital this summer.

Radiology service manager Paul Clark said: “The advanced technology in the Aquilion CT scanners is a vital part of modernising our imaging services to be fit for the future. Getting dose as low as reasonably practical to reduce the radiation burden on patients, while optimising image quality for diagnosis, has always been the challenge in CT. This was a key motivator in selecting AiCE in the Aquilion Prism; it is a game-changer for the future of diagnostic imaging to speed up patient examinations yet keep image quality high and dose low for confident diagnoses.

“We have also added cardiac capabilities to all the new CT scanners, which means patients can be seen closer to home rather than always needing to travel to the city hospital.”

Picture: Clinical imaging assistant Sarah Robinson, radiology operational manager Nigel Allen, CT radiographer Miguel Santa Cruz and CT modality lead Afra Sulfikher at Pilgrim Hospital.

Published on page 21 of the July 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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