NHS hospitals still using out-of-date MRI and CT scanners, report says

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According to one report, NHS hospitals are still using body-scanning devices far past their recommended lifespan, which could potentially have a negative impact on care.

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channel 4 dispatch Freedom of information rules were used to track how many CT and MRI scanners were in use after 10 years, when NHS bosses recommend them to be retired. One-quarter (27.1 per cent) of trusts in NHS England had at least one old CT scanner, rising to 34.5 per cent for MRI machines.

According to an NHS report from last year, potential problems with obsolete units include the need for higher radiation doses to achieve image quality than newer machines, and eliminating software upgrades that reduce their usefulness. These and other deficiencies may eventually affect care, the document says.

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dispatch It was found that many hospitals were using old CT scanners. All four machines from the Royal Berkshire Hospitals Trust were 10 or more years old, while a CT scanner obtained in 2007 at King’s College Hospital and the other was found to be 11 years old.

According to the program, a third of the MRI machines in the latter trust were over 13 years old, while half of the scanners at London North West University Healthcare were 16 years old.

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The oldest piece of technology uncovered by dispatch The 16-year-old at the Royal Cornwall Hospital had a CT scanner, which the trust said was changing, and the 21-year-old in Great Ormond Street had an MRI machine.

The trust was also found using ancient X-ray technology from the 1970s. A unit at St George’s University Hospitals was 44 years old.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We have supported the NHS with £525m to replace diagnostic equipment over the past two years and most recently 40 new one-stops in the community to deliver 2.8 million more -Have set up shop diagnostic centres.Scan for patients across the country.

“There are over 9 percent of radiology doctors in 2019 compared to the same period and we have provided £52m to invest further in the cancer and diagnostics workforce over the next two years.”

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