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Med Imaging brings world's first 3D DEXA scanner to UK hospital

Lancashire Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust is the first in the world to use 3D software to test patients for fragile bones that may be at increased risk of fracture.

July 2014 - Provided and installed by North West-based, Med Imaging, the new DEXA bone densitometry service was launched at Royal Preston Hospital last month. Now, for the first time, 3D software has been installed on the scanner, which enables more accurate views of patients’ bones.

Bone Densitometry is a test for Osteoporosis, which is a condition where the bones become more fragile and are at increased risk of fracture. Earlier detection of the risk of Osteoporosis means we can start treatment earlier and reduce the chances of the condition developing.

Specialist Radiographer at Med Imaging, Peter Baldwin, explained: "Although the DEXA scanner isn’t unique to Royal Preston Hospital, the on-site facility now means patients no longer have to travel. However the 3D software we have installed into our scanner is not currently used anywhere else in the world."

Dr Simon Beardmore, Consultant Radiologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "It’s great that we can offer our patients a world class and world first service. This new software will really help us to get a more accurate view of the area which, with research, hopefully means we will be able to detect any bone weakness earlier than ever before and therefore begin treatment much sooner. This development is so important now as we are seeing an ageing population and Osteoporosis tends to affect people in later life so this new piece of technology will really help to improve the lives of the older people in our communities."

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides district general hospital services to a local community of 390,000, and specialist services to 1.5m across Lancashire and South Cumbria.  Services are provided from Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and the Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre, as well as a wide range of services in community settings and at other hospitals in the region.

Med Imaging provides maintenance and servicing for Medical imaging equipment, including; Ultrasound, Dexa, Direct Radiography and X-Ray. We also have a wide range of medical imaging equipment available for sale or short-term rental.