New CT scanner unveiled at Lorn and Islands Hospital

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A  new £1.2 million state-of-the-art scanner at Oban’s Lorn & Islands Hospital should speed up treatment and care for Argyll patients.

The scanner is only the second of its kind to be installed in the UK and will save some patients long trips to Glasgow.

Although the new scanner, that look smaller but has a longer bed and can take weights up to 300kgs, is in the same location in the hospital’s radiology department the whole room has had a bright make-over to make it more patient centred and more friendly.

Two designer light features on the ceiling and wall show a cherry blossom against blue sky view and a bluebell woodland scene to put patients at ease.

 

During its installation, the CT service at the hospital kept up its usual appointments using a mobile CT scanner which was the same model as the new one that is now up and running.

It meant the hospital’s radiographers were able to train and continue to provide the same quality service both in and out-of-hours until they transferred to the new CT room.

Luanna Lamers, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership lead radiographer, said: ‘It’s getting approval from our regular patients who are used to coming for scans. They like it. The room is less clinical now and more friendly. Having the scanner here should speed things up for patients in Argyll. For some, it will save trips to Glasgow. Patients who need CT scans can now ask to have it here.’

The project involved lots of teamwork to get the scanner including Siemens, who supplied it, and staff from a range of departments in the Health and Social Care Partnership.

‘Everyone had a role to play in making this a real team effort and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their expertise in the project,’ said Ms Lamers.

Mark Nichols, Lorn and Islands Hospital radiology manager said: ‘This project has been the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort by a whole range of people and I would like to say a particular thanks to Luanna though, for the many hours of additional work she has put in, keeping the project on track.

‘It is a pleasure to see it come to fruition and we are all looking forward to working with Siemens in the coming years to continue to provide, and enhance, a quality CT service for the benefit of the people of Argyll and Bute.’

The radiology team knew the new machine would cut down on radiation doses for patients but Mr Nichols said it has beaten expectations.

‘In some cases, the dose is four to five times less than it would have been on the previous machine. This is great news,’ he added.

CT scanners produce x-rays which, once passed through the patient, are analysed by complex detectors prior to the production of high-resolution cross-sectional images.