Confidence Improves Screening Providers With New Imaging Gadgets
Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT installed new imaging equipment in the Trust’s four hospital locations later this year and is expected to do so later this year. It includes two replacement CT scanners, seven MRI machines, and two mammography machines. The improved screening facilities are expected to benefit patients in need of diagnostic services. The Foundation’s service typically conducts 550,000 exams per year.
Benefits of high-tech diagnostic technology include improved image quality, reduced unexpected machine downtime, and improved patient care and experience.
It is a £ 21 million investment, with NHS England and NHS Improvement funding £ 13.7 million on the project and the Trust spending £ 7.3 million. This is part of the project Department of Health and Social Affairswith the aim of replacing devices that are more than 10 years old.
The four hospital locations that will benefit include: the Nuffield Orthopedic Center (NOC), John Radcliffe Hospital and Churchill Hospital in Oxford, and Horton General Hospital in Banbury.
Toni Mackay, Operational Service Manager for Diagnostics at the Trust, said: “We are very excited to be introducing so many state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities in multiple locations in the Trust. This is a significant investment that brings a variety of benefits to our patients.
“Accurate and rapid diagnosis of all diseases is essential for successful treatment.
“It’s very exciting to have the latest technology that will give us more capacity and make such a positive difference for so many of our patients.”
The Nuffield Orthopedic Center and Horton General Hospital have already replaced mammography equipment for patients referred for breast screening. This includes installing new CT scanners in the John Radcliffe and West Wing (located in John Radcliffe) to replace obsolete machines.
Seven MRI scanners, which use radio waves and a strong magnet to create detailed images of the body, are being replaced in the West Wing (1), John Radcliffe (2), NOC (2) and Churchill (2). This program is expected to be completed in December 2021.
Sara Randall, the trust’s chief operating officer, said: “We pride ourselves on providing prompt, safe, and empathetic care, and these new diagnostic facilities will help us maintain the world-class care we seek to help those who need us.
“With improved environments, faster scan times and improved image quality, the new scanners will make a huge difference for both patients and staff. The early detection of cancer, for example, becomes much easier and leads to faster treatment for the patient. “
“This equipment will enable us to provide the best possible care for patients in Oxford University Hospitals for years to come.”