Medical charity Cobalt Health (Cobalt) held the official launch of their new PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography /Computerised Tomography) scanner at its Cheltenham Imaging Centre on Friday 2 December.
Sylvia Richards, Trustee of The Clive Richards Foundation, launched the new scanner which was installed at a cost of £2.6m, partly funded by a successful fundraising appeal. The Clive Richards Foundation is a long-term supporter of Cobalt, in recent years the Charity has generously supported lung cancer screening programmes in Manchester, Hull, Newcastle and Gateshead. The late Clive Richards CBE KSG DL was a former Patron of Cobalt, a keen supporter of our work, and a remarkable philanthropist along with his wife Sylvia.
Peter Sharpe, Cobalt Chief Executive said “PET/CT has a key role to play in the diagnosis and staging of cancer, and the diagnosis of early on-set dementia. This new scanner, a Siemen Biograph Vision PET/CT scanner is the very lasted digital technology, and will enable us to see more patient very quickly, leading to an early diagnosis. It will also enable Cobalt to support more research projects and clinical trials aim at improving patient outcomes in cancer and dementia”.
Cobalt provides the NHS PET/CT service for patients in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and beyond supporting over 4,000 cancer patients a year.