Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has officially reopened its nuclear medicine department, complete with a brand new GE Healthcare single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scanner. The new scanner, which will enable the hospital team to diagnose patients faster and removes the need for multiple scans to take place, was purchased with help from the Hampshire Medical Fund. Nuclear medicine involves the injection of a small amount of a radioactive substance which has been attached to a marker that directs to a specific part of the body. The patient then emits small amounts of radiation which can be detected by using a gamma camera, which can indicate the presence of various diseases, including infection and cancer.
Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals, said: “I would like to thank all those who have given to the Hampshire Medical Fund for their support in funding the specialist equipment – we could not have done this without the amazing support of our community.”