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New cancer scanner arrives at hospital

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Tomorrow the new computed tomography (CT) scanner purchased by MidCentral DHB will be craned into the hospital through a first floor window.

Purchase of the scanner for the Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS) was approved as an overall project last November for just over $2 million.

The current machine is 12 years of age. There have been significant developments over its life and the new CT will deliver faster scanning, greater accuracy and better image quality.

Radiation Oncology treats around 1,600 new patients a year, who have at least one CT scan per treatment course. Many have re-scans to review tumour growth or regressions.

The new CT is being supplied by Siemens Healthcare, who supply all the CTs for the hospital.

Service Director for RCTS Cushla Lucas said: “The new scanner, combined with a change to the workflow process, will help to reduce waiting times for patients and enhance capacity across hospital services. The replacement of the CT machine is a long awaited step forward for RCTS and we are very excited to see this project come to fruition.”

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