The Harley Street Clinic, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has invested £4.5 million to expand its scanning capabilities, with the acquisition of two CT scanners. This includes a high resolution and high speed Somatom X.ceed CT scanner from Siemens Healthineers.
Used to support the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions including oncology, cardiology and neurology, and to guide treatment plans, the investment reflects the continued demand for access to private care in the UK and across HCA UK.
The Somatom X.ceed is said to offer more precise imaging and will support clinicians at the clinic in time-critical situations, particularly in trauma and brain haemorrhage, as well as during cardiac care. It comes with myExam Companion, which turns data into built-in expertise to reduce unwarranted variations by unlocking the full potential of the Somatom X.ceed automatically. During CT-guided interventions, myNeedle Companion offers comprehensive support with integrated lasers to project the needle entry point and insertion angle on to the patient.
Moving the 2.5 tonne scanner into the grade II listed central London hospital required the HCA UK team to work with local residents and the council to close the road and bring in a crane to lower the scanner through the roof.
Clinic chief executive officer Will Pressley said: “We are proud to be the first in the sector offering this new technology that further supports our delivery of the complex care we are renowned for.
“By combining the knowledge and expertise of our specialist consultants with the capabilities of the Somatom X.ceed, we are also enhancing the care we provide our patients, which has always been our guiding ambition.”
Siemens Healthineers Great Britain and Ireland head of diagnostic imaging Matt Gibson said: “Our Somatom X.ceed CT system is the first in the UK private sector and is equipped with technical precision and advanced guidance features. This system will future-proof The Harley Street Clinic to continue providing rapid diagnosis at a low radiation dose to patients.”
Picture: Siemens Healthineers Great Britain and Ireland regional sales manager Mitchell Harrold and CT business manager Carl Smith with The Harley Street Clinic CT superintendent Madeline Hill, imaging manager Kate Whitehill, chief operating officer George Martin and chief executive officer Will Pressley. Credit: Matt Grayson.
Published on page 25 of the November 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.