Friends thanked for Wales’ first 3D scanner

Maxillofacial Unit staff at Morriston Hospital have thanked the Morriston League of Friends for their generous gift of Wales’ first 3D scanner.

The £20,700 scanner uses five cameras to capture 360 degree external images of the head and body of patients.

Patients needing face and body prostheses, design-implants, burns pressure therapy masks and wound and scar management will now benefit from more accurate designs and better finished results.

Peter Evans, Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager said: “Before, our patients would have had to undergo lengthy and uncomfortable impressions using plaster and silicones.

3dscanner1“But now, through the use of this 3D scanner more accurate images can be captured in a matter of seconds.

“Thank you so much for enabling us to have this equipment.”

Pictured above: Lawrence Dovgalski Maxillofacial Prosthetist, Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends, Peter Llewellyn Evans Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager, Heulwen James, Reverend Nigel Griffin Hospital Chaplain, Allan Davies (patient) Doug Neil Head of Medical Illustrations, Jean Fowler, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends and John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends.

Over 290 patients have already benefited from the new scanner, including Allan Davies, who was born without his right ear.

Picture below: The 3D scanner

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Allan, from Pontardawe, said: “I have been coming to the maxillofacial unit for 13 years for my prosthetic ear.

“I think that the new equipment is brilliant and it will mean shorter visits to the hospital.”

Morriston League of friends Chairman, John Hughes said: “We are very pleased that Morriston Hospital is the first in Wales to have this equipment.

“It is always an achievement to see how we have helped the hospital.

“We are all very impressed– it is definitely money well spent.”

 

 

For press and media information only, please contact: Rebecca Williams Communications Assistant

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Communications.Department@wales.nhs.uk

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