X-ray suite 'Nessie' monster boost for centre

A PIONEERING digital X-ray suite – nicknamed "Nessie" – was officially launched yesterday at one of Scotland's leading medical research facilities in a major boost for the treatment of patients suffering from arthritis and the bone disease osteoporosis.

The 500,000 facility at Aberdeen University's Health Sciences Centre was opened by the actress Susan Hampshire, who is patron of the National Osteoporosis Society.

The suite will use a new imaging technology called radiostereometry to aid researchers gain a greater understanding of bone fractures and hip, knee and other joint replacements. "Nessie" will also enable researchers to make more accurate predictions about the success or failure of joint replacement operations.