A new £1.5million charity-funded MRI scanner unit at Mount Vernon was officially opened by the MP Tim Farron, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Radiotherapy, during a special event on Monday (3/9) night. The scanner unit was paid for by charity Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and will bring a multitude of benefits to patients.

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3 September, 2018

A new £1.5million charity-funded MRI scanner unit at Mount Vernon was officially opened by the MP Tim Farron, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Radiotherapy, during a special event on Monday (3/9) night.
The scanner unit was paid for by charity Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and will bring a multitude of benefits to patients.

The project promises more precise radiotherapy treatment planning for cancer patients, reduced waiting times, and an increase in the number of people who are able to have a scan per day. The new scanner is called Siemens AERA 64 and has a wider opening, making scans easier for large patients or those who have claustrophobia.

The project enables Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, and Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (PSSC) to work even more closely together. It allows staff from both organisations to learn from each other and find new and better ways of improving care and treatment for local patients. The cancer centre contributes its expertise in radiotherapy, as well as the scanning room, and the scanner is operated jointly by PSSC and MVCC staff. It is a significant upgrade to the scanner previously being used at the cancer centre.

In a speech to mark the occasion, Mr Farron said: “"The improved imaging that the new MRI unit will provide ensures that radiotherapy treatment can be more targeted, efficient and effective. Patients will have fewer side-effects, improved survival chances and a better quality of life because of this. I am proud of everyone at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre for their commitment and generosity in making the new MRI unit a reality."

Claire Strickland, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre Chief Executive, said: “Cutting edge scanning equipment allows clinicians to determine the exact location, size and shape of the tumour in detail in relation to surrounding normal tissue, allowing radiotherapy to be delivered with a degree of precision that wouldn’t have been possible only a few years ago.

“Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is very proud that, thanks to the support of our fundraisers and donors, we’re able to help make treatment even better by deepening our partnership with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, which directly benefits local people affected by cancer and other serious conditions.”

Jagdeep Kudhail, Divisional Chair for Cancer Services at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “This collaboration with our diagnostic partners will bring about the best possible innovative approach to cancer care. It will ensure expertise is shared, leading to improved outcomes for our patients.”

During the event, attendees also listened to a talk on next generation imaging solutions for prostate cancer diagnosis by Prof Anwar Padhani, lead consultant for MRI at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, who is an internationally recognised expert in cancer imaging.

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