At Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity we strive to keep the hospitals at the leading edge of medicine. Currently, we need to raise £500,000 to buy a brand-new gamma camera for Royal Brompton Hospital.

What is a gamma camera?

Gamma cameras use a tracer inside the body that emit gamma radiation to see how various organs, bones and tissues are functioning. Images produced using a gamma camera are used to diagnose and evaluate treatment of a variety of diseases. Due to this latest revolutionary technology, the camera offers the opportunity to identify conditions with the highest accuracy, by taking a 360 degree view of the body, and at an earlier stage than other imaging methods can, such as X-rays or an ultrasound.

Royal Brompton Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department, where the camera will be used, is a centre of excellence and as a result, receives referrals from across the country. We are fundraising for a new gamma camera that will deliver high quality, faster, 3D diagnostic scans for children and adults. It will result in improved patient outcomes, increased patient comfort and reduced waiting times.  The advanced technology will also allow for new opportunities in research.

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.

Please help us help patients

It’s vitally important we raise £500,000 for this new gamma camera, as it will help Royal Brompton save many lives and help keep the hospital at the leading edge of patient care. Please donate or fundraise now for this appeal. Your generosity will save lives. Thank you.