More patients will soon be able to have a PET-CT scan at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre on any given day, thanks to a new medical device.
The centre is getting its first Posijet®, a machine that can safely administer most PET-CT tracers and free up valuable radiographer time, later this year. This will make the centre only the second facility in England to have such a device. Paul Strickland Scanner Centre installed the UK’s first clinical PET scanner in 1997.
Part of a major upgrade to PET-CT capability
Vicki Major, Head of Research and Development for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “The Posijet® forms part of a major upgrade to our PET-CT capability this year, which will allow for greater patient throughput.
“The Posijet® will also allow us to scan patients using less tracer, which might help mitigate against possible tracer supply difficulties. At the same time, it will reduce the radiation dose our radiographers receive, while freeing up their time so they can spend more time on patient care.”
“The Posijet® is a really cutting edge piece of equipment and we are very excited that it is coming to the centre.”
Ergonomically designed to reduce operator exposure
The system is manufactured by French company Lemer Pax and is ergonomically designed to reduce operator exposure by ensuring high-security conditions and protection when administering radiotracers.
Mike Bewick, Managing Director at Bartec Technologies who represent Lemer Pax in the UK, said: “We are excited to support Paul Strickland Scanner Centre as they upgrade their PET-CT capability this year with the installation of the Posijet®.
“Over the coming months, we will be working closely with the Centre to ensure a smooth installation of the Posijet® system.
“The installation at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre follows on from installations at the Wales Research and Diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Centre (PETIC) at Cardiff University and University College London (UCL).”