Paul Strickland Scanner Centre staff at Mount Vernon Hospital are celebrating after the charity has been able to buy an important piece of new equipment, thanks to a generous grant from the Pranic Healing Charity UK.

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Pierre du Bois
29 October, 2018

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre staff at Mount Vernon Hospital are celebrating after the charity has been able to buy an important piece of new equipment, thanks to a generous grant from the Pranic Healing Charity UK.

The PET dispensing pot is a valuable piece of equipment that is used in Positron Emission Tomography (PET-CT) scanning.

A PET-CT scan is a combination of two types of scanning technique in which a small amount of radioactive tracer (a type of fluid) is injected into a vein. This provides information about the anatomy (CT) and function (PET) of a patient’s internal organs. The scan tells doctors about the presence, location and severity of cancers. It can also be used for other conditions such as infection or inflammation and conditions that affect the brain. It provides important information to help doctors plan appropriate treatments for patients.

According to its manufacturer, the dispensing pot “enables the quick and safe dispensing of PET tracers with a minimum of exposure to dispensing personnel”. This is important because, just like patients, staff must not be exposed to too much radiation over a given time for safety reasons.

Vicki Major, Research Lead at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “The dispensing pot allows staff to quickly and safely dispense the volume of tracer needed for a typical PET-CT scan, allowing us to scan more patients than otherwise. We’re hugely grateful to the Pranic Healing Charity UK for their generous gift of £25,000, part of which has allowed us to invest in this valuable equipment.”

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