High-res scanners fitted in Harley Street

The Harley Street Clinic has expanded its scanning capabilities after spending £4.5m on two new CT scanners. 

Harley Street is closed off while the scanners are craned into position

It said this includes a first-in-sector high-resolution and high-speed SOMATOM X.ceed CT scanner from Siemens Healthineers.  

This offers more precise imaging and will also support clinicians at clinic with time-critical situations, particularly in trauma and brain haemorrhage, as well as cardiac care. 

It comes with two unique ‘companions’ to further support clinicians when imaging patients. 

myExam Companion is said to push the boundaries of digitisation. It turns data into built-in expertise to reduce unwarranted variations by unlocking the full potential of the SOMATOM X.ceed automatically. 

During CT-guided interventions it offers comprehensive support with integrated lasers to project the needle entry point and insertion angle on to the patient. 

Hospital chief executive Will Pressley said: ’This investment in our scanning offering reflects our commitment to ensuring we always provide the consultants that we partner with and the patients we care for with fast access to care and the latest in medical innovation. 

‘We are proud to be the first in the sector offering this new technology that further supports our delivery of the complex care we are renowned for. By combining the knowledge and expertise of our specialist consultants with the capabilities of the SOMATOM X.ceed, we are also enhancing the care we provide our patients.’

Getting the 2.5-ton scanner into the Grade II listed central London hospital was no mean feat. The HCA UK team worked with local residents and the council to get permission to close the road and bring in a crane to deliver the scanner through the roof.