State-of-the-art CT-Scanner to help thousands

A new CT-Scanner which could improve the chances of detecting life-threatening diseases earlier will be unveiled next week at the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine in Ninewells.

The new scanner, which has the ability to perform several thousand scans per year, will be used to carry out ground-breaking research taking place in the University’s Clinical Research Imaging Facility.

The machine, which will be able to detect strokes, cancers and injuries to internal organs, will also help NHS staff diagnose thousands of patients from across Tayside.

The CT-scanner will join an array of advanced imaging machinery at the Clinical Research Imaging Facility, one of only a few such centres worldwide.

Professor Graeme Houston, Co-Director of Clinical Research Imaging Facility, said, “Computerised tomography (CT) scanners use X-rays to create detailed images of the inside of the body. This new addition to our unit will mean thousands more scans will be taken every year – this will not only help patients locally but also provide crucial data for our clinical research into life-threatening diseases.

“Our current MRI scanner uses a 3 Telsa magnetic field that is twice as strong as most clinical scanners. This combined with our new CT scanner, means we will be able to help detect abnormalities within patients earlier and also mean we can provide safe clinical trials completed to the highest standards.”

The scanner will be unveiled at a launch event on Tuesday 18 September at 12.30pm at the Clinical Research Imaging Facility in Ninewells Hospital. The Dean of the School of Medicine Professor Rory McCrimmon and NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright will be attending the launch.

Refreshments and a tour of the new scanner will be available.