The temporary CT scanner in use at Lynn’s QEH. Picture: Supplied.

A £1.2m project is to see two new state-of-the-art CT scanners installed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Aging and unreliable scanners at the King’s Lynn hospital are being replaced as part of major renovation work.

Patients are having their scans in a temporary building near the breast care unit while building work is done.

The trailer, used in the London 2012 Olympics, and its new scanner were brought in by a 350-tonne crane.

Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein said: “This hospital is committed to providing high quality patient care, so it is vital that our doctors have the best possible images while making a diagnosis or deciding a treatment plan.

“CT scanners play an important part in treating stroke and emergency patients which arrive daily at the hospital. Without this equipment, our patients would have to be diverted to other hospitals, which would be inappropriate when time is of the essence.

“This project will cost £1.2m, but by supporting projects such as this, we are investing in the future of the hospital, along with ensuring the best possible treatment for our patients for years to come.”

CT scanners usually last for about seven years, but the hospital’s existing scanners are a decade old.

They will be taken apart over the coming weeks before the rooms are completely redecorated ready for the new equipment to be installed.

CT Scans, which are also referred to as CAT Scans, take detailed images within the body using X-rays and computers.