A NEW state-of-the-art CT scanner which will improve the experience of patients has been installed at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund donated £475,000, which paid for a Radiotherapy CT scanner, one of the first of its type in the country, and an injector pump, for the Lingen Davies Centre.

Louise Killey, Radiotherapy Services Manager, said: “Staff are very excited to be able to use the scanner. It will be great for our patients as the advanced technology results in improved image quality of the CT scans, this will enable Consultants and Dosimetrists to contour treatment areas with ease and lead to improvement in efficiency of our planning. We want to give our patients the best treatment that we can.”

A core team from the Radiotherapy and Medical Physics departments at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals, launched the CT scanner project, but it was paused because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the core team include: Kirsten Hughes, Senior Clinical Scientist; Stephanie Cockerill, Pre-treatment Superintendent Radiographer, Louise; Mark Hardy, Head of Radiotherapy Physics and Mike Alexander, Principal Clinical Scientist.

Once the project restarted, the team evaluated various scanners on the market. Key things they looked for included quick and effective training; customer care; size of scanner bore to enable specialist radiotherapy equipment as well as the patient to be scanned; quality of the images and amount of radiation dose. They went on to buy a Canon Aquilion Exceed LB.

Major building works took place in the Radiotherapy Department to accommodate the new radiotherapy scanner in a former treatment room.

Sheila Fryer, Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The new scanner uses state-of-the art technology and will enable us to plan our patients’ treatment and care more effectively and precisely. Thank you to all those that have been involved in the project.”