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New equipment to help speed up patient diagnosis at QA Hospital

Patients are set to benefit from quicker diagnostic scans and shorter wait times, thanks to a new imaging camera being installed at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A state-of-the-art ‘SPECT CT Gamma Camera’ has been installed in the hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department, meaning patients can expect faster scan times and clearer images, which will help speed up diagnosis for a range of conditions. 

The gamma camera, along with some 3D imaging equipment, is typically used to help clinicians investigate a range of conditions and diseases such as cancer, kidney and lung disease, dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as well as testing the suitability of donors for renal transplants.

David Williams, Superintendent Radiographer in Nuclear Medicine at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, said: “We look after a large range of patients in our department. Many are for the assessment or diagnosis of cancer, and the addition of some new 3D imaging equipment will enhance this service.

“Although our previous scanner served us well for many years, we were unable to perform some types of scans. This new gamma camera will mean patients can expect shorter scan times, which is often important with elderly patients and those who are anxious.

"We will also be able to introduce new techniques such as whole body 3D imaging for bone metastases, and quantification which will give additional diagnostic information and in turn improve patient care.”

The imaging room has also been given a refresh thanks to a donation from the League of Friends. This includes new mood lighting and calming ceiling photographs to help ease patients' nerves.

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