Cornwall

Cornwall hospital gets new digital X-ray machine

A hospital in Hayle in Cornwall is the first in the county to have a digital X-ray machine, health bosses say.

Images will now instantly appear on the screen after an X-ray has been taken.

Previously, X-ray plates had to be inserted into a machine and then removed and developed, which took about two minutes.

The unit cost more than £380,000, of which £30,000 was raised by the Friends of St Michael's Hospital, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said.

In addition to taking less time to see images, the machine also produces a lower radiation dose, the trust said.

The machine can also take a single X-ray image from a patient's pelvis to their ankles, something that previously could only be carried out at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

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