Standing with Truro’s new scanner is chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospital Peter Colclough. Alongside him are Philips account manager Gary Bailey, pre-treatment superintendent Amy Walker, Philips CT business manager Derek Tarrant, general manager Rob Davies, sales director imaging Ireland Mike Hayden, physicist Lorraine Cowley, clinical oncologist Dr Toby Talbot and clinical oncologist Dr Duncan Wheatley. Seated are radiotherapy manager Philippa Robins, Olympic gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie, senior radiographer Sharon Tatlow and director of medical physics Robin Laney.
Triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie OBE opened Philips Brilliance CT Big Bore Oncology and Pinnacle3 Smart Enterprise treatment planning facilities at the Sunrise Centre of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
The Sunrise Centre is a dedicated regional oncology centre.
When it opened in 2002, the Sunrise Centre was one of the first departments in the UK to move away from conventional simulation. However, the 70 cm bore meant that patients could not always be placed in the exact position required for planning and for delivering the radiotherapy.
Delivered with the Big Bore was Philips’ Pinnacle3 Smart Enterprise treatment planning system which employs thin client technology to centralise therapy planning.
See the full report on page 24 of the March 2011 issue of RAD Magazine.