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Machine to scan and kill cancer to be tested on patients in Manchester

Patients in Manchester will be first in world to have revolutionary treatment Credit: PA

A revolutionary machine that scans and kills cancer at the same time is to be tested on patients in Manchester.

Experts say the MR-Linac machine to be installed at two centres in the UK could open up a new era in highly-personalised radiotherapy.

The machine combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and tumour-busting radiation treatment in one package.

Two of only seven of the machines in the world are being delivered to the UK, initially for use in clinical trials.

Patients with tumours affecting different parts of the body will be recruited, including brain, head and neck, lung, oesophageal, pancreatic, breast, prostate, cervix and rectal cancers. They will be among the first in the world to use the machine.