Patients undergoing spinal surgery are set to see quicker and more accurate operations following the purchase of futuristic kit at Norfolk's biggest hospital.

The N&N Hospitals Charity has spent £270,000 on a cutting edge '3D C-arm' for the spinal team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The equipment is a mobile scanner which provides surgeons with 3D images of the spine while they are performing operations.

The new system will be used on patients during treatment for trauma and tumours and when performing spinal surgery on children.

It is expected to be on the site by the end of the year.

Tom Marjoram, a consultant spinal surgeon at the hospital, said: "The 3D imaging and navigation system allows for safer and more accurate procedures, improving surgical outcomes.

"It also means reduced operating times with faster screw placement during procedures, which in turn will increase productivity."

Julie Cooper, head of grants at the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: "Our mission is to support even better care for patients at NNUH and investments in equipment such as this helps us to achieve this aim."