Mobile CT supports targeted lung cancer health checks in Lincolnshire

In an effort to identify lung cancer at an earlier stage, more than 19,000 people in north-east Lincolnshire are being invited for a free NHS Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC). Medical charity Cobalt Health is delivering the checks and low dose CT scans to detect lung cancer earlier, when treatment is significantly more effective, with the Somatom go. CT system from Siemens Healthineers. The mobile unit is located in the community.

The TLHC programme targets those most at risk of developing lung cancer in areas with the highest rates of mortality from the disease. Eligible patients across north-east Lincolnshire are invited for a virtual lung health check and, if deemed high risk, offered a community-based scan.

The CT system from Siemens Healthineers is equipped with Tin Filter technology, which allows for ultra low dose imaging of the lungs. Mobile workflows enable the team to stay with patients to put them at ease.

Cobalt Health ceo Peter Sharpe commented: “We are proud to support 10 TLHC programmes working in partnership with the NHS and Siemens Healthineers and are delighted to be extending this into north-east Lincolnshire. The programme saves lives by offering access to scans in convenient areas such as the Tesco superstore in Immingham.”

Siemens Healthineers CT business manager Carl Smith added: “Facilitating CT scans outside of the hospital setting removes barriers for patients who are hesitant to participate in a screening programme. The power of partnership is clear to see here, as we seek not only to improve patient outcomes through the earlier detection of lung cancer, but also to reduce the healthcare gap between the UK’s most and least deprived communities.”

Picture: Cobalt Health ceo Peter Sharpe and senior CT radiographer Dana Houston with Siemens Healthineers CT product specialist Andy Leslie, regional sales director Darren Buckley and regional sales manager Gwen Musamba.

Published on the front page of the August 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.

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