By: 11 September 2012

Following the immense interest generated at UKRC, leading independent medical equipment supplier Xograph Healthcare have installed the first Planmed Verity mobile Extremity CT Scanner at St. Luke’s Hospital in Headington, Oxford.

St. Luke’s Radiology is an independent Radiology and Orthopaedic Medicine Practice with a Spine Intervention service and a Sports Medicine Service.
This state-of-the-art CBCT scanner is set to revolutionise extremity CT imaging, bringing 3D imaging into emergency departments, orthopaedic clinics, sports injury, and trauma centres for fast diagnoses at the point-of-care. The Verity’s ultra-high resolution capability allows it to display subtle extremity fractures, such as those of the Scaphoid, at the patient’s first visit and its CBCT technology, using a flat panel detector, enables the system to use a significantly lower radiation dose – just one tenth, when compared to extremity imaging with a conventional multi-detector CT (MDCT) scanner.

Dr David Wilson, Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist at St. Luke’s said, “It is a very impressive piece of equipment and having viewed it in clinical use at another European site I am excited about investigating the Verity’s potential for use in a UK trauma environment. We are also going to undertake three small research projects involving occult fractures in ankle trauma, standing ankles after elective orthopaedic surgery and wrist injuries”.