An appeal is underway to help raise £1.6million for a new MRI scanner at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood.
The scanner will feature highly advanced deep learning software and could lead to more cancer patients receiving MRI scans at Mount Vernon than ever before.
The new scanner forms part of a significant upgrade to Paul Strickland Scanner Centre over the coming months that brings the artificial intelligence revolution sweeping modern medicine to Mount Vernon, while improving facilities and comfort for patients.
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is co-located with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and has been providing very high-quality cancer imaging services to the local community since 1985. The centre operates as an independent medical charity and receives no government funding. It is a leader in medical imaging for cancer and to date has delivered more whole-body MRI scans for cancer than any other centre in the world.
Claire Strickland, Chief Executive of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “We have chosen the new MRI scanner model specifically with the needs of cancer patients in mind. It will not only create better images than MRI scanners in many other hospitals but will also produce them much more rapidly. At the same time, it will be more accessible to many older patients, who often have implants such as metal hips and who therefore cannot be scanned on all MRI scanners due to differences in the strength of the magnets MRI scanners use to produce images. Taken together, these improvements could mean that more patients could receive MRI scans at Mount Vernon in the future than ever before.”
To support the fundraising campaign, please send a cheque (payable to “PSSC” to: Appeals, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Rickmansworth Road, HA6 2RN, ring 01923 886315 during office hours or donate online at www.stricklandscanner.org.uk
Any money raised in excess of what is needed for the new MRI scanner will be put towards future scanner and equipment upgrades by Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.