By: 1 September 2007

4D Technology In Great Demand

Thanks to the NHS Fetal Anomaly Ultrasound Screening Programme, Torbay Hospital in Torquay is now able to offer its patients a far higher standard of fetal screening with an ACUSON Antares system.

The Antares was chosen from the Ultrasound National Framework for its Nuchal Translucency screening facilities, detailed fetal ultrasound examinations, as well as gynaecology and fertility contrast examinations. Providing the highest possible quality images, the new Antares includes not only Clarify and TEQ optimisation software, but also three and four-dimensional imaging technology. The 3D facility will be particularly beneficial in gynaecology assessments, and 4D imaging was chosen in order to provide a new private service for patients in the Torbay area and further afield, for which there is a very high demand.

Emma Smith, Supt Advanced Practitioner, explained: “We find the Antares an ergonomic, easy to use machine with excellent image quality and proven reliability in a high demand service such as ours. It’s used by a team of specialists including our Consultant Obstetrician, a Cardiac Specialist from Bristol and our Advanced Practitioners”.

Using a combination of 3-Scape real-time 3D imaging and fourSight 4D imaging technologies, the SONOLINE Antares system allows the real-time display of 3D images. This provides clinicians with moving images and an increase in accurate diagnostic information. The applications include obstetrics, abdominal and vascular imaging.

The fourSight 4D imaging technology is especially helpful in fetal medicine because it can be used to facilitate diagnosis of fetal malformations, such as cranio-facial abnormalities and spina bifida.