Addenbrooke’s new and expanded Ultrasound Department opens on Friday 11 May. With eight scanning rooms and the latest technology for diagnosing conditions like kidney stones, blood clots and cancer, it is one of the best ultrasound facilities in Europe.

“The new department couldn’t be any better,” said Julie Smith, the radiographer in charge of the ultrasound service. “This equipment is state of the art. It makes it easier for us to get the clearest possible scans, and having each machine in a separate room means that we can make the experience as pleasant as possible for our patients.”

Dr Lol Berman, one of the hospital’s consultant radiologists, said: “Addenbrooke’s now has one of the best-equipped ultrasound departments not only in the UK , but in Europe . The team here is fantastic, and these new facilities will help them do even better work. It will also be an excellent training centre for the next generation of staff. I know that patients will benefit as a result.”

The new facilities are named in recognition of the work of Sheila Swinney, who died in 2002 after running the department for five years. Her family will be guests of honour at the opening ceremony, where her parents will unveil a plaque. Her sister, Anne Swinney, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the new department has been named after Sheila. It is a fantastic honour, and she would have been thrilled that her colleagues at Addenbrooke’s wanted to remember her in this way.”

Dr Lol Berman added: “This is a wonderful department, dedicated to the memory of a wonderful person.”

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Last updated: 22 August, 2007