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Body Scanners

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-body scanners are in use by the national health service at present; what was the number in 1979, 1983 and 1987; and what plans he has for additional scanners to be provided.

Whole-body scanners may refer to either computerised tomography or magnetic resonance machines. The number of whole-body scanners of both types available for use in the NHS in England, including special health authorities and NHS mobiles, was as follows:

Number
197914
198345
1987125
1991236
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has recently announced £15 million additional capital for the provision of whole-body scanners and other additional medical equipment. This will be the first phase of a three-year rolling programme to expand patient care in this important area.