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We’re a specialist medical imaging centre working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and other serious conditions.

We do this by providing the best possible patient care using high-quality imaging equipment, and by being actively involved in medical research.

We serve both NHS and private patients who need MRI, CT, and PET-CT scans. Most patients are from North West London and Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, but some are from further afield.

As an independent medical charity, we receive no statutory government funding and support from our donors and fundraisers is critical to our ability to provide a world-class medical imaging service.

Our Vision

We will lead the way in imaging for the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of cancer and other clinical conditions.

Our Values

For our patients and referrers:

Providing world class diagnostic imaging
Responding promptly to patient and referrer needs
Improving patient outcomes
Demonstrating clinical excellence
Enabling clinical and technology advancements

Scans we offer

An X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. We produce superior high resolution images with far less radiation than the national standards set by the NHS.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is a world leader in MRI for cancer.

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET-CT) scanning is not generally available in local hospitals and while mainly used for detection and diagnosis of cancer, it is also of benefit in neurology, infection imaging and other areas.

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Our History

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre opened in 1985 and was funded entirely by voluntary donations resulting from a public appeal masterminded by Dr Paul Strickland.

The Official Opening Ceremony was performed on 20 March 1986 by the HRH The Duchess of Kent, who continues to be our Patron.

Dr Strickland was amongst the very first to be convinced of the importance of medical imaging in the accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of patients with cancer and other serious diseases.

Since its inception the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre has continued to pursue the aim of its founder in remaining at the forefront of scanning technology, providing the latest CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners and a Cyclotron unit producing the tracer, all on one site, facilities unsurpassed for clinical use in the UK.

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Who Was Paul Strickland?

Dr Paul Strickland OBE was a true visionary who foresaw the need for advanced imaging and who gave a lifetime of service to cancer patients.

He first came to Mount Vernon Hospital in 1946 as a clinical assistant, became consultant radiotherapist in 1956 and was Director of what is now the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre from 1970 to 1982. For some part of that time he was also Medical Director of the hospital.

He was convinced that early scanning could save the lives of patients with cancer and other serious conditions and he tried to persuade the NHS to install a CT scanner at Mount Vernon, but funds were not available. So in 1983 he became Vice Chairman of the Mount Vernon Scanner Appeal to raise donations to obtain a CT scanner. He captured the imagination of the public and sufficient money was raised to obtain a CT scanner and an MRI scanner and the building to house them and in 1985 the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre opened its doors.

As our Medical Director and in latter years Honorary Life President, he continued to work hard to ensure the centre was at the forefront of scanning technology and in 2011 after 65 years of service to patients attending Mount Vernon Hospital he retired once again. But he remained always interested in the centre’s activities.

Dr Strickland died in 2013. He was a great inspiration to all who knew him and his lasting legacy is the success story that is Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.

Working at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

From time-to-time, opportunities become available to join our dedicated team of radiographers, radiologists, clinical support staff and other professionals.

Although Paul Strickland Scanner Centre operates as an independent medical charity totally focussed on ensuring patients have access to the best possible care, all our staff are on NHS contracts. This means you will benefit from an excellent package, including regular opportunities for pay progression under the NHS Agenda for Change scheme, a high cost area supplement, generous holiday allowance, flexible working, comprehensive NHS training and membership of the NHS pension scheme.

The work of the charity is overseen by our voluntary Trustee Board, which is responsible for governing the charity and directing how it is managed and run.

Our communications and fundraising function is headed up by Pierre du Bois. Pierre has a background in journalism, PR and fundraising, with experience in the NHS, health research and cancer charity sectors.

Call: 01923 886315

Email: appeals@stricklandscanner.org.uk

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