SERVICES: Two new scanners will provide better imaging services at West Suffolk Hospital.

The new machines enable clinicians to create a 3D image of a patient’s internal organs but produce less radiation and are twice the speed of the ones they replace. 

The 64-slice CT scanners, which are worth £718,000 have been leased for seven years. They replace an eight-year-old 16 slice scanner and a five-year-old two slice machine.

Nigel Beeton, imaging services manager at the hospital, said: “We’re really pleased with this state-of-the-art machinery, which will bring huge benefits to both patients and staff by producing high quality images quickly and efficiently.

“The technology is so advanced that it can scan large segments of someone’s body in just seconds. This is much more comfortable for the patient, as it means they don’t need to hold their breath for as long and their scan will be completed more rapidly.”