Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is leading a ground-breaking project that will prolong and improve the lives of thousands of men diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The centre is Britain’s leading cancer imaging charity and operates out of Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood.
As part of diagnosing and monitoring their cancer, patients with testicular tumours are required to undergo multiple Computed Tomography (CT) scans.
Each CT scan exposes a patient to ionising radiation, which can raise someone’s risk of developing fertility problems, organ dysfunction, or cancer in later life. Most men with testicular cancer are young, which means a higher radiation dose is particularly disadvantageous to them.
The project at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre outlines how the radiation dose for testicular cancer patients can be reduced by at least 30per cent, with no loss to CT scan image quality.
If nationally adopted, the project will save many of the 2,300 men diagnosed in the UK with testicular cancer every year from possible radiation.
Dr Andrew Gogbashian, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre lead consultant for CT, said: “Medical imaging is constantly developing and my team and I are proud to be at the forefront of driving improvements for patients. Quality and patient safety are huge priorities for us, and I’m hugely excited about the improved long-term outcomes this project promises.”
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