Tuesday 28 January 2020

Obese patients face getting scans at zoo, say surgeons

Stephen Adams London

Britain's National Health Service will have to use scanners from zoos because they are unable to cope with severely overweight patients, surgeons have predicted.

Many hospitals have failed to invest in "supersize" equipment suited to morbidly obese patients, they said.

Investigations by surgeons at North Bristol NHS Trust found only one in six hospitals had access to MRI or CAT scanners capable of taking the heaviest patients, weighing more than 35 stone. Hospitals in the US are already calling zoos to use their scanners.

Writing in the bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, bariatric surgeon Sally Norton warned: "Failure to provide required imaging may lead to occasional enquiries into the potential use of veterinary or zoological scanners, with loss of dignity for the patient." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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