The Royal Marsden hospital is a world-leading cancer centre, specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. Through a multi-million pound donation, the Reuben Imaging Centre will provide a specialist medical unit designed for the fast, thorough and accurate diagnosis of suspected cancers and other conditions, with new and increased numbers of state-of-the-art scanning machinery. The Reuben Imaging Centre will keep the Royal Marsden at the forefront of cancer treatment and research in the UK.
The Reuben Imaging Centre was officially opening in May 2015 by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England.
Cheryl Richardson, Superintendent Radiographer for MRI at The Royal Marsden, said: “With the new MRI scanners in Chelsea, we can now scan more patients, more efficiently using state-of-the-art technology. Both sites have the same model of 1.5T scanner which has greatly improved the service as patients can now choose where they have their scan.”
She added: “The new scanners allow us to see our patients’ cancer in greater clarity than ever before. Clearer images improve our diagnostic ability and allow us to monitor the metabolism of tumours. This allows us to assess if treatments are working, and contribute greatly to our research effort.”
Cheryl said: “The Royal Marsden is pushing boundaries by developing new protocols in collaboration with the manufacturer of the machines. We are one of the few centres in the UK now using the 3T MRI to offer whole body imaging for ovarian, renal and prostate cancer patients.
The Reuben Foundation said: “Our family foundation, which was set up 13 years ago, has always focussed on health, education and community. The support we have given to this important new imaging centre at The Royal Marsden, which will literally help to save many lives, is a perfect example of the work we strive to achieve. We are very proud to be associated with this excellent initiative.”