State-of-the-art equipment

We support The Royal Marsden by investing in state-of-the-art equipment to provide patients with more treatment options.

Patient being treated by CyberKnife
In 2022/23 we supported The Royal Marsden with
over £4 million
through two equipment grants.
Robotic arms in position for surgery

Providing the latest equipment for more effective treatment

We fund state-of-the-art equipment that provides faster diagnosis, more effective and less invasive treatments, and quicker recovery times. It’s essential that clinicians, scientists and researchers have access to the latest equipment as this is also key to achieving major breakthroughs in cancer research.

This year, the grant funded items such as a new fluoroscopy machine, which captures X-ray footage of the body in real time, for diagnosis and treatment purposes. This new machine reduces the need for repeat scans by offering far greater image resolution, and allows clinicians to see vessels more clearly. The machine’s flexibility means patients can be scanned either lying down or standing up.

An image intensifier was also purchased through this grant. This piece of equipment captures moving X-ray images of the inside of the body, bringing many benefits including improved image quality for clinicians to support diagnosis and a more accurate patient dose. It can be used in theatres as well as in radiology, to assist with surgical procedures

A new £50,000 X-ray specimen cabinet, also funded by the Charity, was purchased for theatres to provide confirmation of a successful biopsy procedure. It will help patients having a wide local excision of the breast, where the area of cancer in the breast and some of the surrounding tissue is removed surgically for biopsy.

The purchase of these new items will make a vital difference to patient care, including through faster recovery times and shorter stays in hospital.

"These pieces of equipment help to deliver anaesthesia and sedation to patients who are unable to tolerate an MRI while awake, such as patients who suffer from anxiety, are claustrophobic, have learning difficulties or are in intensive care."

Dr Pascale Gruber, Critical Care Unit Lead and Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal Marsden