By: 1 September 2008

ACUSON P10 Crosses Healthcare Boundaries

A Siemens ACUSON P10 ultrasound scanner was used at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Tanzania to perform obstetric scanning during a healthcare link project. Taken by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the system was trialled by the medical team to contribute to care at the centre and in rural health clinics.

The ACUSON P10 is an innovative pocket ultrasound device that weighs just 700 grammes. Its highly portable design and battery capacity make it ideal for diagnostics in remote locations, providing instant images to enable a fast diagnosis. The obstetric team was able to transport the system between areas of the clinic as well as further afield outreach clinics.

Staff were taught by UK Sonographers to assess the gestational age of the foetus and used the system in emergency work to confirm foetal heart beat and placental position before Caesarean section.

Judith Cobb, Ultrasound Lead Professional at Northumbria Healthcare Trust states, “The ACUSON P10 was a fantastic diagnostic tool for the obstetric team in Tanzania to use. As it does not rely on a power supply we were still able to use the system in remote areas where a constant electricity supply is not always available, allowing us to reach a wider range of patients.”