High quality images of a patient are vital for everything our hospitals do, from bringing the certainty of a diagnosis to anxious patients; to helping clinicians decide on a course of treatment; to providing the detailed images needed for complex life-saving procedures.

This is why at the Charity, we strive to keep our hospitals at the leading edge of imaging technology. To do this we are raising funds to buy a brand-new gamma camera for Royal Brompton Hospital.

What is a gamma camera?

This new machine, the first of its kind in London, will use revolutionary technology to identify conditions with the highest accuracy, by taking a 360 degree view of the body, at an earlier stage than other imaging methods can, such as X-rays or an ultrasound. It will also make it possible to provide much higher quality and faster images to clinicians making crucial decisions on a course of treatment.

You can find out more about the gamma camera and why it is needed in this video:

The new gamma camera will deliver high quality, faster, 3D diagnostic scans for children and adults, lessening the number of other tests required for diagnostic purposes. This will result in improved patient outcomes, increased patient comfort and reduce waiting times.

Saving tiny lives with high quality images

The new gamma camera will help patients like May and Zuri. May had a difficult pregnancy. Her baby, Zuri, had congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) whilst she was still in the womb, a cyst that was pushing her heart to the wrong side of her body.

The cyst was removed, but Zuri needed a gamma camera scan to make sure she was recovering naturally; a gamma camera scan was a lower risk to the baby than an MRI and avoided the newborn having a cardiac catheter, which is an invasive procedure.

Can you help us reach our goal?

It’s vitally important we raise £500,000 for this latest technology. Please donate or fundraise now for this appeal. Your generosity will help change lives. Thank you.