The radiotherapy department at the Royal Free Hospital has introduced a new bladder scanner that will improve care for patients undergoing pelvic radiotherapy, thanks to a grant from the Royal Free Charity.

The scanner measures the size of a patient's bladder to ensure pelvic radiotherapy treatment is as targeted as possible, minimising potential side effects.

Use of the scanner will also help avoid repeated planning scans, as it will be easier to determine if a patient's bladder is insufficiently full to proceed with treatment.

Katharine Pigott, clinical oncologist, said: “The scanner will improve patient care by reducing side effects in the treatment of prostate cancer and increasing the accuracy of treatment in bladder cancer patients.”

Over the coming months the scanner will be introduced for all patients due to receive pelvic radiotherapy. The radiotherapy department is also set to roll out a new £1.8 million radiotherapy unit this summer, giving more patients access to the latest treatments. 


Notes to editors

Read our news story about the new radiotherapy unit for further information.

The new bladder scanner was paid for by patient donations made to Grant 61, a research fund that is administered by the Royal Free Charity

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