Staff at Leeds Cancer Centre are celebrating the official opening of a new MRI Simulator which will revolutionise radiotherapy treatment at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
In 2017, Leeds Hospitals Charity launched a £2.4 million pounds ‘MR Sim’ fundraising appeal to purchase the state-of-the-art machine. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Leeds, and significant contributions from Sovereign Health Care, the Wilby family, Caravan Guard, the Cavill family and the Scarcliffe family, the target was met in 2019.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, installation of the machine was delayed until late 2022 and it first opened to patients in April 2023.
The radiotherapy department at Leeds Cancer Centre is one of a handful of radiotherapy departments in England to offer this cutting-edge imaging technology to benefit patients. The high-definition, high-contrast images produced by the MR Sim will enable patients to receive more precise, targeted treatments whilst reducing the risk of treatment related side-effects.
Last year, the radiotherapy department, one of the largest in Europe, delivered 80,000 treatments to almost 7,000 patients from across Yorkshire. This new technology has the potential to benefit patients with a wide range of cancers, including the head-and-neck, pelvis, and brain.
In March 2023, 47-year-old Joanna Williams from Temple Newsam was diagnosed with a brain tumour called a high grade glioma, and was among the first patients to benefit from treatment using this new equipment.