Out-of-date scanners are commonplace across England’s hospitals, new figures suggest. Many machines that are used day in, day out for diagnostic tests and to deliver cancer treatment to patients are years past their “best before” dates, the statistics show. Experts recommend that radiotherapy machines, as well as MRI and CT scanners, should be scrapped after 10 years, but English hospitals are using some that are as much as 23 years old, officials have admitted. Across 111 of England’s hospital trusts, 63% have at least one scanner or treatment machine that is at least a decade old, according to figures obtained following freedom of information requests by Sky News. The statistics show that 21% of Linac radiotherapy machines at the trusts questioned are at least 10 years old.