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Imaging services welcome Phantom to their team
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Press release date10/11/2017
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The Imaging Service at Leicester’s Hospitals welcomed an unusual a new member of the team last month, a synthetic human shaped figure the size and weight of an adult called a CT Phantom.
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The Phantom, affectionately known as Jeremy, contains an artificial skeleton and set of internal organs (made of different density resins) that when x-rayed or CT scanned closely mimics the human body. The joint movements of the limbs are also very lifelike.


Colin Ross, radiology site manager at Leicester Royal Infirmary, explains: “It will allow us to develop new techniques more quickly and without risk to live patients. For example, it will improve our ability to develop protocols for high resolution, low dose CT scans to explore novel treatments in asthma, bringing new treatments to patients in Leicester.


“It will allow us to optimise our protocols to ensure we can get better images with less radiation dose to patients as well as better testing and calibration of our scanners.”


‘Jeremy’ will be used by several different departments across the Trust including Imaging, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, the Leicester Radiation Safety Service (LDSS), the Cardiac Catheter Labs and the Hybrid Theatre. To ensure maximum usage across the teams, he even has its own calendar and e-mail account!


Lizzie Davies, Head of the LDSS at Leicester’s Hospitals added: “This will be such a valuable training aid for staff and students. For example, we recently used ‘Jeremy’ to set up SPECT/CT protocols, the whole team are really excited by the opportunities this will create.”


The CT Phantom, manufactured in Japan by Kyoto Kagaku, cost just under £26,000.


Colin continues: “We know that people like to work in hospitals that have the latest technology to improve research and better patient care so we hope Jeremy will also attract new recruits. On behalf the team, I would like to thank Professor Bruno Morgan and his research team, as well as the Leicester Hospitals Charity for funding this exciting new piece of equipment.”


If you would like to see 'Jeremy' in person, come along to the Imaging Open Day, hosted at Glenfield Hospital from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 11 November.


For further information about the Imaging Service at Leicester’s Hospitals, please visit www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/departments-services/imaging-services/ 


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For photos of 'Jeremy' or any other media enquiries, please contact:

Communications Officers
Laura Mort/Rosalind Moore
0116 258 8738/8524
Laura.Mort@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
Rosalind.Moore@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6485
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