The London Clinic has acquired a high-strength diagnostic imaging scanner which will be used to help treat patients with cancer and conditions involving the brain, spine, heart and musculoskeletal system.

The MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI, manufactured by Siemens, will be available to patients for the first time in a UK hospital from September.

The multi-million-pound scanner was lowered into the roof of the private hospital on Harley Street using a high-rise crane.

The machine produces a magnetic field twice the strength of other scanners, detecting small structures and tumours in the body.

New services at The London Clinic will be introduced once the scanner is in use, including radiotherapy MRI planning, functional brain imaging and interventional biopsies.

Al Russell, chief executive of The London Clinic, said: ‘Our investment provides more appointments and comfort for patients and is a key part of strategy to support our consultants in accurate diagnosis to deliver the best health outcomes for patients.’

MR business manager of Siemens Healthineers Alistair Piggot added: ‘We are delighted that The London Clinic chose the MAGNETOM Vida, designed with revolutionary features to serve the increasing demands in high-end clinical imaging and clinical research.’