MORE than 10,000 examinations to detect serious illnesses have been performed using the state-of-the-art scanner Free Press readers helped to buy.
Following a huge Scan for Life campaign fronted by the Free Press and Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, a £600,000 scanner was installed in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Now in just a matter of weeks the machine has performed more than 10,400 examinations helping to diagnose nearly 7,000 patients with illnesses.
The expensive kit also can also perform cardiac scans meaning people will not have to travel to Bassetlaw Hospital in future.
The scanner has helped give higher quality results when performing heart scans at DRI and Bassetlaw, a spokesman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.
She said: “We can produce 3D images for the vascular surgeons, which has done away with the need for some plain film imaging, saving radiation.”
The machine also performs scans of cartoid arteries - which suppies the head and neck with blood - and the brain now meaning patients do not have to travel to Sheffield.
The spokesman added: “We perform chest, abdomen and pelvis scans in two breath hold - the patient holds their breath while being scanned; the scan is stopped, reset for the second breath.
“However, we can now perform scans in one breath hold, but not routinely. Scans performed in one breath takes around 13-18 seconds, depending on the patient’s height. We could not have comfortably scanned a patient in one breath hold on the old scanner.”
The scanner was officially unveiled last month.