Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust has invested almost £500,000 in high-tech ultrasound machines which will improve patient diagnosis.
The trust carries out more than 90,000 ultrasound examinations every year, a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body, such as the heart.
Almost half of these will now be carried out with upgraded ultrasound machines.
Jane Barrow, general manager for radiology said: “By providing the best in diagnostic imaging technologies at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, we can provide images of a much greater quality.
“This will enable our staff to provide more accurate results, reducing delays in diagnosis, the need for repeat appointments and waiting times for additional examinations.”
The trust purchased ten ultrasound machines from GE Healthcare and, thanks to public fundraising through the Scannappeal charity, an additional machine was purchased to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound in the rheumatology clinics at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Amanda Martin, director of Scannappeal said: “This is one of the many small projects we fund each year, as well as our major appeals, and in the last year nearly 100,000 patients have benefited from using this equipment and the other items we have funded in the past.
The new machine will support rheumatologists to detect joint inflammation and damage as early as possible.
Dr Chetan Narshi, consultant rheumatologist at the trust added: “Previously, patients who required joint ultrasound were referred to the radiology department, with a scanning appointment at a later date.
“Thanks to fundraising from Scannappeal, we are now able to offer patients a one-stop service as ultrasounds can be completed on the same day as the initial appointment, allowing us to begin appropriate treatment swiftly.”