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New cancer screening machines for Dorset County Hospital

New cancer screening machines for Dorset County Hospital

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:43am 30th October 2019. (Updated at 9:48am 31st October 2019)

Dorset County Hospital is getting a share of £200M from the government to improve cancer screening.

The money will be used to refurbish and upgrade CT and MRI scanners, bringing in alternatives with lower radiation levels.

They'll also be investment into equipment for breast cancer screening.

The Government say the funding will lead to earlier diagnosis, which is vital to saving lives.

Pictured working with the new scanner are, from left to right, Siemens Applications Specialist Harriet Thompson, Clinical Lead for CT Joyce Perry and Consultant Radiologist Dr Peter Taylor.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:

"This new state-of-the-art equipment for 78 trusts across England will ensure doctors and clinicians can help even more people survive a cancer diagnosis and stop the disease as early as possible.

"It's mission critical that the technology our NHS uses to prevent and diagnose cancer is bought into the twenty first century. 

"We have backed the roll out of these new machines with £200 million in funding, as part of our Long Term plan, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year."

CT scanner installation june 2015

Julia Morris Radiology Services Manager at DCH said:

“We are very privileged here at Dorset County Hospital to have been awarded funding towards our new CT scanner and new mammography equipment.

"The new equipment will go a long way in aiding our amazing teams in the early detection of cancer and providing follow up imaging for existing cancer patients.

"With technology evolving every day the funding brings us lower radiation doses, faster scanning and exceptional image quality.”