Patients benefit from new scanner

PEOPLE in Barnsley who require a scan for osteoporosis are benefitting from a new high tech scanner at Mount Vernon Hospital.

The new DXA scanner, GE Prodigy machine, is being used by the falls and osteoporosis team, which is provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

It offers a lateral view enabling the team to diagnose vertebral fractures and monitor any new fractures allowing sign posting to the best treatment options for the patient.

By recognising fractures at this early stage, patients are less likely to need another appointment for an x-ray reducing the amount of exposure to radiation and the anxiety follow-up appointments may cause.

James Townsend, business operations officer in the community management team, said: “This is a cost effective service, which in turn reduces the pressure on secondary care resources and offers patients convenient and appropriate healthcare solutions within the community.

“The service is provided by the osteoporosis nurse specialist working with the support of a consultant physician, the falls and bone health service, and is already accepting direct referrals from both primary and secondary care.”