St Mary’s Hospital has taken delivery of a brand new CT scanner this weekend in a bid to clear a backlog of patients waiting for vital and potentially life-saving scans.
The scanner was transported across the Solent by barge early yesterday morning (Saturday) before being escorted from East Cowes to Newport as a wide load.
Upon arrival at St Mary’s, a crane was in position to lift the mobile unit off of the Rob Kingswell Haulage low loader and into position at the north end of the hospital.
A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scans can produce detailed images of many structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. This can help diagnose conditions, monitor conditions and guide further tests or treatments.
It’s hoped that the additional scanner will speed up treatment for Islanders, with another MRI scanner also due to arrive at St Mary’s Hospital in the coming months.