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Scanners

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new CT scanners have been brought into operation by NHS trusts in the last 12 months; (220574)

(2) how many new magnetic resonance imaging scanners have been brought into operation by NHS trusts in England in the last 12 months.

The Department does not routinely collect this data. However information supplied by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) relating to the English NHS as at 1 July 2008 indicated that in 2007, 28 new and replacement computerised tomography (CT) scanners and computerised tomography simulators (CT-Sims) were installed. In 2008 two CT scanners and CT-Sims have been installed to date. The HPA does not collect data on operational use.

Information supplied by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) relating to the English NHS as at 1 July 2008 indicated that in 2007 one new replacement magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner was installed. In 2008 there have been no installed MRI scanners to date. The HPA does not collect data on operational use.