Trust patients are first in the world to benefit from state of the art scanner

Patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be the first in the world to benefit from two new state of the art SPECTCT machines which will offer the most advanced CT competences to accurately localise areas of disease.

The Trust has purchased two Siemens Healthineers’ Symbia Intevo Bold SPECTCT machines, which will be based at Hammersmith Hospital.

The new scanner is more sensitive than others, meaning they can localise disease and detect lesions more accurately. The new technology means fewer diagnostic investigations are needed for patients. It will also be more comfortable for patients as images can now be generated more quickly and appointments will be shorter.

Bernard Johnson, general manager of imaging, said: “We are delighted to formally open these new machines in the department and look forward to being able to serve patients in the area with the highest quality diagnostics.”

Dr Zarni Win, consultant radiologist, said: “These new CT capabilities will help assist to make even challenging exams a matter of clinical routine. Not only is it great for patients, it’s also great that our staff are able to use the most up-to-date diagnostic technology.”

Lawrence Foulsham, Molecular Imaging Business Manager at Siemens Healthineers said: “Patients and clinicians alike are going to benefit hugely from this technology. Clinicians are now able to have an accurate, detailed view of how individual treatment regimes are working and change those that are not having the desired effect accordingly - instantly improving patient care.”

The scanners are now based in new look department at Hammersmith Hospital which has been refurbished to create a more patient-friendly environment, part of wider re-development of outpatient areas across the Trust.