New machine helps medics detect and treat diseases more quickly

Dr Julie Cox; Paul Cumiskey, Senior Radiologist; Alison Young, Staff Nurse; Angela Jackson, Advanced Practitioner with the new fluoroscopy unit at University Hospital of North Durham
Dr Julie Cox; Paul Cumiskey, Senior Radiologist; Alison Young, Staff Nurse; Angela Jackson, Advanced Practitioner with the new fluoroscopy unit at University Hospital of North Durham
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MEDICS will be able to detect and treat diseases better and more quickly thanks to a new machine.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has installed a new fluoroscopy unit in its radiology department at University Hospital of North Durham.

The equipment allows radiologists to carry out diagnostic and interventional work.

“The new fluoroscopy unit is outstanding,” said consultant interventional radiologist Dr Stuart Marsden. “It really does make a big difference to the work we do.

“It means the images we get are much more detailed, so we’re able to do what we already do, but to do it better and quicker.

“For example, if a patient has a blocked bile duct we can quickly image the liver, make a diagnosis and accurately place a stent to unblock any obstruction.”

The fluoroscopy unit will be used by up to 30 patients a week requiring procedures such as diagnostic studies in the urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract and musculoskeletal system, to more complicated interventional procedures of unblocking bile ducts, draining abscesses and placing feeding tubes in the stomach, among many other uses.

Dr Marsden added: “The technology uses a much lower dose – up to a third of the old equipment – which makes it safer for both patients and staff.”