By: 21 November 2019
Micro-vascular ultrasound imaging for obs & gynae introduced at  Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Eight new diagnostic ultrasound systems have been installed across The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to update obstetrics and gynaecology imaging services for the patient communities of the north-east sector of Greater Manchester.

An advanced level of imaging detail delivered by the new Aplio i600’s from Canon Medical Systems UK will help with diagnosing conditions or concerns in women or their babies earlier across North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury. This will enable faster treatment planning, prioritise cases needing greater observation or repeat scans, and lead to improved health outcomes for all.

Featuring Superb micro-vascular imaging (SMI), the Aplio i600 expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity microvascular flow never seen before with diagnostic ultrasound. This is done by a unique algorithm that minimises motion artifacts. It will support the diagnosis of fetal heart abnormalities in babies at an earlier stage of pregnancy.

The eight Aplio i600’s from Canon Medical Systems UK have been selected to replace incumbent systems at the Trust. They have been chosen for their ease-of-use, detailed vascular imaging capabilities, plus accessible after-sales application and service support. Four systems have been installed into The Royal Oldham Hospital; two into North Manchester General Hospital; and one each into Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

“We have worked with Canon Medical Systems, formerly Toshiba Medical Systems, for many years and the partnership working after a sale is excellent. The team is always just a call away and so easy to get hold of for application and service support. This, and the ease of use of the ultrasound systems and innovative SMI, made it an obvious choice when we needed to replace our obs and gynae ultrasound systems,” states Zoe Mottram, Ultrasound Service Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

“The SMI functionality on the Aplio i600 is much more colour sensitive and will help us pick up vascular concerns earlier giving greater clinical confidence and increasing the standard of care we deliver to our patients. The applications support from Canon Medical Systems will help guide us to achieve the full potential of the new systems to enhance the perinatal services delivered across our hospital sites,” she continues.