Stephen Lloyd, the MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, has visited the radiology department at Eastbourne DGH to speak to staff and tour the department.
There are 11 consultant radiologists, around 40 radiographers plus nurses, support and administration staff within the team at Eastbourne DGH. Each month they undertake around 6,000 X-rays, 2,500 CT scans, 2,300 ultrasound and 350 mammograms images with in some cases, multiply modalities performed on one patient.
Stephen Lloyd MP said: “It was an eye-opener to visit our radiology department, not least to discover just how many disciplines there were – from X-ray to CT scanning, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and access to MRI scanning. All provided by a highly specialist team, and that was just at Eastbourne DGH. It was a pleasure to meet so many of the team and to thank them, on the town’s behalf, for the vitally important work they do.”
Radiology is a medical specialty that uses imaging to diagnose and treat diseases seen within the body. Radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques such as X-ray, ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), nuclear medicine including SPECT imaging (PET), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), to diagnose and/or treat diseases.
Rebecca Ayling, CT Clinical Modality manager said: “We were pleased to be able to give Stephen Lloyd a tour of our department, so he could see for himself the variety of diagnostic imaging we perform, to help diagnose and treat patients. I think he was surprised to hear how many examinations we undertake every day, as well as the diagnostic capability of some of our latest scanners, which are so quick compared with scanners only a few years old.”