New centre brings state of the art medical imaging equipment to Salford

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The Centre for Medical Imaging, a new £2.87 million facility creating a world-class environment for teaching, learning, research, and clinical provision, has opened at the University of Salford.

GE HealthCare have worked with the university to provide new equipment including the Revolution Maxima CT scanner, one of the first of these scanners to be installed in the UK. This will sit alongside two new Discovery static digital X-ray systems, an Optima digital mobile X-ray system and five ultrasound scanners. 

The university is also proud to be part of the North West Imaging Academy as an Ultrasound Academy and is working with clinical providers to support a clinical ultrasound imaging facility which will be able to take referrals and treat patients, helping to support the NHS. The aim is to expand to plain imaging, CT and mammography referrals in the future.

The facility includes a dementia-friendly imaging room with a ceiling light, designed to look like a skylight, and natural woodland scenes printed onto the walls. The space is designed to help those who enter it feel calm and relaxed during scans and has been designed to support research projects in this field.

The mammography suite, including the SenoPristina FFDM system with biopsy was the result of a generous alumni grant from Garfield Weston. This equipment will be used to enhance teaching and learning, enterprise activities and to support the further development of research.

Dr Claire Mercer, Head of Radiography at the university, said: “The new Centre for Medical Imaging reflects the growing ambition and impact of our Radiography team and the wider institution. These facilities will be used extensively to support the development of our current and future workforce. They will provide our students with the most advanced simulated experiences to learn in, so they can provide high-quality clinical services in the future. They will also support us in running courses for those already working in the NHS to support their ongoing professional development. 

“Parts of the facility will also be used to help us provide clinical services in partnership with NHS Trusts across the Greater Manchester region, meaning we can help support the NHS and provide our students with real world experience right here on campus.”

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