5 May 2020
Alliance Medical are playing a key part in the accurate diagnosis of people with suspected COVID-19 infection and have provided 16 scanners in a new partnership between independent sector diagnostics providers and the NHS.
In total the partnership, brokered by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), will see 33 scanners being made available to the NHS, along with 300 radiographers and clinical assistants who will operate the service across the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If used at full capacity, over 23,500 scans could be conducted each week.
The computerised tomography (CT) scans will form an integral part of the fight against the Covid-19 virus, alongside oral swab tests using RT-polymerase chain reaction [RT-PCR] test kits. CT scans of the lungs are a reliable way to diagnose Covid-19, and the process is quick. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and diagnosis can be immediate depending on image review pathways.
As part of the contract with the NHS, Alliance Medical Limited will be supplying 16 scanners, InHealth 13 scanners and Cobalt Health 4 scanners.