Rotherham Hospital installs DXA scanner to identify potential fracture patients

Rotherham Hospital has received a Hologic Horizon C DXA system optimised for bone density measurement, supplied by Vertec Scientific. Previously the scanning service was based in the town’s diagnostic centre using a Hologic QDR Discovery C installed in 2006. The service has now been transferred to a purpose-built unit in the main hospital.

The DXA scanner helps identify patients who are likely to benefit from treatment, with the aim of reducing the number of fractures. Osteoporosis clinical nurse specialist Kath Thompson said: “In the period 2007-2008 we scanned 1,439 patients, a figure that has steadily risen over the years until 2018-2019, when 2,765 patients were scanned.” The service is now receiving in the region of 3,000 referrals yearly and is also identifying many patients through case-finding via the fracture liaison service.

Picture: In front are support worker Michelle Hutley, senior radiographer Jayne Mallender, assistant practitioner Naomi Lohnes and osteoporosis clinical nurse specialist Kath Thompson. Behind are Vertec DXA product specialist Bill Reid, consultant physician and bone health lead Dr Kishor Athavale, department secretary Louise Arrand, secretary Kerry Poultney and bone health nurse specialist Laura Williams.

Published on page 8 of the August 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.

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