Paralympic gold medallist opens state-of-the-art neuroimaging centre

Lily van den Broecke has a tour of the new Neuroimaging Centre Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Paralympic rowing cox, Lily van den Broecke, has officially opened a centre equipped with a new £1.5 million scanner which will help thousands of patients. She says similar equipment potentially saved the life of one of her fellow crew members.

The neuroimaging centre, in Middlesbrough, is a joint project between Durham University and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The university will use it to maintain and advance its world reputation for human brain research and the scanner will be used by doctors at The James Cook University Hospital to help diagnose patients with conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or brain tumours.

More than 1,500 patients have already used the scanner which is more powerful, faster and quieter than the hospital’s current scanner.