Our history

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre opened in 1985 and was funded entirely by voluntary donations resulting from a public appeal masterminded by Dr Paul Strickland. The Official Opening Ceremony was performed on 20 March 1986 by the HRH The Duchess of Kent, who continues to be our Patron.

Dr Strickland was amongst the very first to be convinced of the importance of medical imaging in the accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of patients with cancer and other serious diseases.

Since its inception the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre has continued to pursue the aim of its founder in remaining at the forefront of scanning technology, providing the latest CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners and a Cyclotron unit producing the tracer, all on one site, facilities unsurpassed for clinical use in the UK.

Who was Paul Strickland?

Dr Paul Strickland was a true visionary who foresaw the need for advanced imaging and who gave a lifetime of service to cancer patients.

He first came to Mount Vernon Hospital in 1946 as a clinical assistant, became consultant radiotherapist in 1956 and was Director of what is now the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre from 1970 to 1982. For some part of that time he was also Medical Director of the hospital.

He was convinced that early scanning could save the lives of patients with cancer and other serious conditions and he tried to persuade the NHS to install a CT scanner at Mount Vernon, but funds were not available. So in 1983 he became Vice Chairman of the Mount Vernon Scanner Appeal to raise donations to obtain a CT scanner. He captured the imagination of the public and sufficient money was raised to obtain a CT scanner and an MRI scanner and the building to house them and in 1985 the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre opened its doors.

As our Medical Director and in latter years Honorary Life President, he continued to work hard to ensure the centre was at the forefront of scanning technology and in 2011 after 65 years of service to patients attending Mount Vernon Hospital he retired once again. But he remained always interested in the centre's activities.

Dr Strickland died in 2013. He was a great inspiration to all who knew him and his lasting legacy is the success story that is Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.