Friends of ANCHOR is helping to bring advanced surgical and diagnostic medical equipment and technology to the North-east. Below are some of the pieces of equipment that Friends of ANCHOR has funded.
Robot radiopharmaceutical dose administration system
This equipment automatically dispenses and administers radioactive pharmaceutical for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The system works hand in hand with the PET/CT machine within the hospital which is used to map the distribution of radioactive pharmaceutical activity in the body.
This equipment will increase patient and staff safety by automating the dispensing and administration process. Radiation doses will significantly reduce for staff when administering PET (and other) radiopharmaceuticals which will allow a more efficient use of the radiopharmaceutical produced, reducing costs and facilitating an increased capacity.
Gastroscopic ultrasound equipment
Friends of ANCHOR teamed up with NHS Grampian’s Endowment Fund Committee to raise the required funds, totalling £152,149, to purchase vital ultrasound gastroscopic equipment which has advanced diagnosis and treatment for patients with upper intestinal cancers.
Vitally, this technology has helped to detect cancer earlier and assess which patients are suitable for surgery. The equipment also helps to identify if the disease has spread which may not be detectable via CT scanning.
Importantly, in its initial 10 months, over 100 patients benefitted from the equipment.
*60% contribution of overall cost
Plasma jet device
This crucial equipment can be lifesaving in many cases for women with ovarian cancer as it optimises the amount of cancerous tumour which can be removed during surgery.
This heat device enables surgeons within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to carry out the intricate procedure of removing all the visible, small and multiple sites of cancer to offer the best survival for the patient.
In the last two years, the multi-disciplinary surgical team – working within gynaecology, colorectal, etc – who treat ovarian cancer patients, have been able to do more radical surgery. The plasma jet device’s arrival in the surgery wards has brought the team another crucial step forward, ensuring maximum surgical benefit for women with ovarian cancer.
Film dosimetry system
The radio-chromic film dosimetry system allows for the development of a highly targeted form of radiotherapy treatment known as SABR. The film dosimetry system will provide a 3-D resolution that can’t be achieved with any other type of system and this resolution is critical given the small radiation areas that are targeted with SABR.
The system has the potential to reduce the number of radiotherapy treatment sessions for early stage lung cancer by up to 85% and cut travel time for treatment by at least 330 miles. Previously patients had to travel as far as Leeds for treatment but now patients in the North-east have access to an alternative and advanced form of radiotherapy much closer to home.
Aberdeen Gene Machine
The equipment allows consultants to give patients more targeted and effective chemotherapy for some of the most common cancers in the North-east; lung, bowel, breast and ovary by identifying every patient’s unique gene pattern.
Importantly, it also helps to prevent cancer in the relatives of those being treated at the ANCHOR Unit by assisting the Aberdeen genetics team to identify inherited cancer gene links.
*Matching the contribution from Aberdeen University and NHS Grampian