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At Mount Vernon Hospital


Dual-energy CT scans make science fiction reality

Early diagnosis saves lives Issue 46 Summer 2018


Service gets a lift Centre staff were trained in using our new patient flat lift kit (Hovermatt and Hoverjack) this week, equipment for patients who have fallen or who have been resuscitated. We're hugely grateful to past Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr John Hensley, who raised more than £16k to fund it.

A little bit about your charity Paul Strickland Scanner giving patients the Centre is an independent opportunity of a medical charity based at healthier future. Mount Vernon Hospital, We receive no a specialist cancer government funding. centre in Greater London. Legacies and We provide comprehendonations help fund sive scanning services to new scanners, which the NHS and private have to be replaced health sectors for the every 3 – 5 years, so Claire Strickland, diagnosis, treatment patients benefit from Chief Executive monitoring and research world-class scanning of cancer and other serious technology. conditions, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners. We offer the highest-quality imaging 01923 844 290 services with specialist staff to  Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, deliver excellence to all patients Mount Vernon Hospital, and clinicians. Every year we Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN undertake more than 17,000 scans Registered charity no. 298867

Centre receives award for innovation in MRI An award that recognises our innovation in the area of whole-body MRI scanning for cancer was presented to our CEO, Claire Strickland, during May. The annual VWV Pharmaceutical Industry Networking Group (PING) Innovation Award recognises and supports innovation and excellence in the pharmaceutical and life sciences supply chain. CEO Claire Strickland said: “Our team is completely dedicated to making sure patients receive the highest quality care and are able to benefit from medical research that could lead to breakthroughs in treating cancer and other serious conditions. We’re absolutely thrilled to see the team’s hard work Our CEO Claire Strickland recognised in this way.” received the award on our behalf.

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New MRI scanner A new MRI scanner that will bring a multitude of benefits to patients has been delivered to Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. The project is funded by Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and will enable us to work even more closely with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. This will allow staff from both organisations to learn from each other and find new and better ways of improving care and treatment for local patients. The cancer centre will contribute its expertise in radiotherapy, as well as the scanning room. The scanner will be operated jointly by PSSC and MVCC staff, and will be a significant upgrade to the scanner currently being used at the cancer centre. It’s expected that the new scanner will reduce waiting times, increase the number of people who are able to have a scan per day, and allow more precise radiotherapy treatment planning for cancer patients. The new machine also features a wider opening, making scans easier for

large patients or those who have claustrophobia. Our CEO, Claire Strickland, said: “We’re very proud that, thanks to the support of our fundraisers and donors, we’re able to help make

for cancer centre

The new scanner, which weighs 6 tons — as much as an African elephant — was delivered and put in place by a highly trained team of specialist installers.

treatment even better by deepening our partnership with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, which directly benefits local people affected by cancer and other serious conditions.” It is expected that the new scanner will be operational from July.


Support our latest appeal You can help us break new ground in cancer imaging by supporting our fundraising drive for a new, £1.5million MRI scanner at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre. Get in touch if you can support this appeal.


Science fiction becomes reality Dr Andrew Gogbashian explains how a dual-energy CT scan could give your doctor crucial additional information


omputed Tomography (CT) scans were first pioneered in the 1970s by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield at the EMI research facility in Middlesex, not far from Paul Strickland Scanner Centre. CT scans provided huge advances in the ability to monitor and diagnose cancer. But now, thanks to advances in technology and

computer processing that would have sounded like science fiction back then, "dual-energy" CT scans can give doctors even more information about your cancer. This could help detect some types of cancers better, how cancer is responding to treatment – or even how some types of cancer might respond to chemotherapy. Apart from Paul Strickland Scanner

The metastasis in the right thigh muscle (see arrow) is more easily seen on the colour map (left image) generated form the dual-energy CT scan than the conventional CT appearance.


Centre, only a select group of centres offer this type of CT scan, with most hospitals only able to offer patients standard CT scans. Dr Andrew Gogbashian, our lead consultant radiologist for CT, said: "Sir Godfrey Hounsfield’s original intention was to scan with dualenergy CT scanning, but he and his

colleagues didn't have the technology or computing power. "The concept is to use two energy sources to image the patient. A normal CT scanner uses one X-ray tube, but by using two energy sources simultaneously we can get more information from the body that could be important in

8 diagnosing a patient or planning their treatment. The computing power can nowadays handle that double information quickly. What's more, with the scanner we've got the radiation dose is the same as with a standard scanner and is considered ‘dose neutral’. "By doing the scans in a dual-energy mode we get extra information from body tissues that can help us better detect certain types of cancer. Research into melanoma (an aggressive type of skin cancer) has shown that dual-energy can be better in detecting metastases, which is when cancer has spread to multiple parts of the body. More and more research is confirming the usefulness of dual-energy CT in

other types of cancer as well." CT scans are the most rapid tool for assessing tumour staging, and the dual-energy CT scan time is exactly the same as for a normal CT scan. Dr Gogbashian said: "Dual-energy could help your radiologist identify a cancer or metastasis that was harder to see using the conventional technique. With the dual-energy technique we can produce colour coded maps that help in the detection process. With routine CT, colour maps are not produced, and it's been shown that the colour maps can be useful for detecting more metastases, some of which are otherwise very difficult to see on black and white images." "We mainly scan patients with

These two dual-energy scans, taken three months apart, clearly show how cancer (white arrow) has responded to treatment. Our dual-energy CT scans use colour maps which are not available using standard CT. Three months after treatment

Before treatment

9 cancer and it helps us detect it may change in blood flow and we treatment responses in new ways can use dual-energy to help assess that aren't possible with standard blood flow indirectly." scanners. We've been using dualDoctors are very interested in our energy CT as a routine clinical tool ability to carry out dual-energy for about 2 years now. You need a scans and have approached us for more advanced scanner that is research projects as a result." more expensive and many Other uses hospitals could find it difficult to Dual-energy CT scanning is not just afford them. useful in cancers. Dr Gogbashian “Because our charity supports said: "It can, for example, help a cutting-edge technology and we patient with kidney stones avoid have incredibly generous donors, surgery by identifying whether they we're able to buy very have a type of stone advanced scanners that is suitable to be for our patients and treated with deliver the best medication alone. It technology available." can also be used to According to Dr identify subtle Gogbashian, there is fractures in the bone growing interest in marrow (which dual-energy CT become more amongst researchers. common as people He said: "There's more become older), Dr Gogbashian. and more research reducing the imaging happening with dual-energy and we artefacts that can occur when hope that in the future there will be there is metal-work in the body, and other breakthroughs. it has become the gold-standard “Research is increasingly showing imaging assessment in identifying that dual-energy CT can detect gout.”  If you want to know if a dualresponse to certain treatments energy CT scan might be right for earlier — which conventional CTs you, speak to your doctor or a cannot predict. Sometimes a member of your medical team. tumour may not change in size but


Tireless fundraisers make it all possible Thanks to Jeremy Lockwood and George Ives, as well as all the cake bakers and volunteers for raising £1,000 at our recent Plant and Cake Sale. Congratulations to T&B (Trees & Bunkers) for winning first place at our Golf Day. Thanks to Barclays for match funding and everyone who took part, raising a total of £7,644. Russell Burton began an epic cycle ride from Crystal Palace to Nice on 26 May as he approached his target of raising £2,000. Support him at RussellBurton3 Peter Galliford has also undertaken an incredibly challenging cycle ride starting on 17 June from John O’Groats to Land End while carrying all his own kit. https:// petergalliford1 We are delighted that Mark Paton has chosen Paul Strickland Scanner Centre as one of his charities to support during his year as Captain at West Herts Golf Club.

Winners of this year’s Charity Golf Day, T&B (Trees & Bunkers), pictured with volunteer event organiser Pam Holland.


Get in touch to raise money for us by swimming the Serpentine in London this September. Photo: Swim Serpentine

Upcoming events for your diary British 10K Run Sunday 15 July. Join our team for this amazing 10K run past many iconic sights through the streets of London. Private Film Screening Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Thur 26 July at 6.30pm. Exclusive opportunity to watch Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film ‘The Post’, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. £17.50pp including welcome drink. Lunchtime piano recital Brighton Pier, Saturday 28 July. No need to book, donations on the day.

Garden Jazz with Afternoon Tea, Sunday 16 September, Chorleywood. £17.50pp. Swim Serpentine Saturday 22 September. Age limit 12 and over, various distances available. Spaces are limited, so don’t delay! Quiz Night The Fairway Inn, Rickmansworth, Friday 9 November at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 pp (incl. meal). To book, visit or ring 01923 844 290 (office hours).

Garden Jazz & Afternoon Tea Sunday 16 September 2018 2PM— 4.30PM £17.50 pp

Long Lane, Heronsgate, Chorleywood A fun afternoon of music with the BSV Jazz Band and delicious afternoon cream tea. Book early to avoid disappointment on this popular and last of its kind event. Please email or ring 01923 844290 to book, or to get more information about any of our fundraising events. Book online now at

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Read about what we're doing at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.