The Holly Private Hospital has just invested over £650,000 in a new state-of-the-art Toshiba Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner which will bring a wide range of benefits to patients and clinicians
The new Toshiba Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner will provide excellent image quality at the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient, using the latest scanning technology. Our new scanner will allow us to carry out examinations covering all parts of the body to help diagnose inflammation, disease and cancer and monitor many other health conditions including of the brain, internal organs, soft tissue and all joints and bones.
Key benefits of the new Toshiba Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner include:
Improved Patient experience and comfort
The Toshiba Aquilion Prime Scanner SP 160 CT scanner is designed to improve the patient experience and be comfortable for patients and incorporates:
- A wider bore (hole/space) which reduces patient claustrophobia and ideal for patients with limited range of movement and providing radiographers/radiologists easy access to the patient.
- A wider comfortable couch which lowers to only 33cm from the floor which facilitates enhanced patient comfort when getting on and off the scanner as well as throughout the scan.
- Customisable i-station for patient/radiographer communication which saves time by enabling the radiographer to communicate with the patient during the entire scanning process.
- The fast scanning capabilities of this scanner bring the scanning time to seconds or even sub-second. Minimising the length of time patients are required to hold their breath and be on the scanning table.
Low dose scanning
For routine diagnostics procedures the Toshiba Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner offers improved patient safety with lower radiation dose and, in some instances, the benefit of performing a CT scan will far outweigh any risk associated with exposure to radiation.
This also means that in some cases it will be appropriate to scan paediatric patients whereas previously we were unable to do this.
Single energy metal artefact reduction (SEMAR)
SEMAR technology (unique to Toshiba Medical Systems Aquilion range of CT scanners) means that patients who have had hip or knee replacements can use the scanner for diagnostic imaging.
Previously metal artefacts (such as a hip or knee implants) would have compromised the image quality of scans. However SEMAR technology is used to virtually eliminate metal artefacts and we can use the Aquilion scanner to fully visualise patients post operatively in a way that has not been possible before.
Faster CT Colonography scanning
CT colonography is an established imaging technique that allows the visualisation of a patient’s colon from the inside without the use of an endoscope. The Aquilion PRIME enables the scan to be acquired faster with significant reduction of radiation to the radiosensitive bowel with excellent image quality. Historically, imaging the Colon was performed using a white liquid known as Barium Sulphate and imaged using multiple X-rays which was unpleasant for the patient and involved higher radiation dose. CT Colonography is more comfortable for the patient and is much faster and feels less invasive.
Cardiac scanning – new service available at The Holly Private Hospital
The new scanner will also allow us to introduce cardiac-angiography scanning at The Holly. Cardiac CT scanning of the coronary arteries can replace invasive coronary angiograms performed for diagnostic purposes with a non-invasive CT technique. The Aquilion PRIME can deliver cardiac scanning that is more comfortable for patients, lower risk and it is robust, reliable and reproducible.
- You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or healthcare professional before you can have a CT scan.
- Scans are available every weekday including evenings and on Saturdays.
Frequently asked questions
What is a CT scan?
Computed Tomography (CT scanning) is a form of imaging using x-rays which rotate around the body taking cross-sectional images of parts of the body. The series of cross-sectional scans is built up using a computer to produce a detailed 3D image of your internal body structures and organs for diagnosis. CT is very accurate for early detection of certain conditions.
What will happen during the CT scan?
We have dedicated patient waiting areas and changing facilities to enable you to prepare for your scan in a friendly, comfortable and relaxed environment. You may need to remove some of your clothes or be given a gown to wear depending on which part of your body is being scanned.
Once ready, your radiographer will accompany you into the scanning room and ask you to lie down on the scanner table which will move through the ring-shaped CT scanner to take the images. On average a CT scan takes 15 to 25 minutes in total. Your radiographer can talk to you whilst you are having your scan and put you at your ease but it is important that you remain still as any movement will blur the images produced.
If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your x-ray.
When will I get the results of the scan?
A Consultant Radiologist will read and report on the images from your scan. Images and results will be sent to the doctor, consultant or specialist who referred you for your CT scan for them to discuss with you. This is generally within 48 hours but can be sooner.
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