World’ s fastest scanner installed at Addenbrooke’ s Hospital


The world’s fastest computed tomography (CT) scanner has been installed at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The state-of-art technology can examine an entire heart in quarter of a second – less than half a heartbeat. Addenbrooke’s is the only UK hospital outside London to benefit from the equipment, which is the most advanced of its kind.

The Definition Flash, made by Siemens, studies even the tiniest anatomical details at a faster speed than ever before. Delivering high-quality images, it will be used alongside three existing CT machines for a range of diagnostic requirements, including neurology and whole body examinations. Thanks to the high-speed technology, patients requiring chest CT will not need to hold their breath for long periods of time – the new equipment can scan the entire chest region in 0.6 seconds. Other benefits of the machine include its low emission of radiation.

The installation of the machine has been achieved thanks to a legacy donation through the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

Emeritus Professor Adrian Dixon, Consultant Radiologist, said: “This new CT machine is another wonderful advance, maintaining Addenbrooke's position as the premier CT site in the country. For patients, the examinations will be even more accurate, even quicker and with a lower radiation dose.

“We are very grateful for this further charitable donation which has made the development possible. This perpetuates the original aim of the charity, which launched the appeal for the first body CT machine in Cambridge, which was opened by Prince Charles in 1981.”

Keith Day, Chief Executive of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, said: “We are most grateful for the very generous gift left in a will to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust for the benefit of cancer screening at Addenbrooke’s, which has made this installation possible. Gifts left in wills are vital for ACT to support the hospital in providing world-class care on your doorstep.