By: 20 May 2021
Exceptional image quality for Obs & Gynae ultrasound patients

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Microvascular imaging & matrix probe innovations enhance detail and resolution for better quality diagnostic ultrasound care in the North East  

Obstetrics and Gynaecology patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are benefitting from improved ultrasound imaging and fewer invasive procedures due to the arrival of seven new ultrasound systems.

The Aplio i700 ultrasound systems from Canon Medical Systems update the imaging capabilities in Women’s Health at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust will now be able to deliver Superb Microvascular Imaging (SMI), a colour Doppler technology that can visualise low-velocity microvascular flow in foetus and placenta, and matrix wide-band probe technology that offers better resolution in patients with higher BMI. The exceptional image quality will help give more confidence to clinical interpretation, meaning fewer patient image recalls and fewer invasive, internal probe examinations.

“First-time image success is better for our expectant mothers or concerned gynaecology patients,” states Kendra Exley, Lead Sonographer at The James Cook University Hospital. “The SMI innovation on the Aplio i700 ultrasound systems means that we get a much clearer view of small vessels of the foetus giving confidence in what we are seeing. The matrix probes are also better for ladies with higher BMI as they can provide improved image penetration through abdominal tissue and avoid the need for uncomfortable internal transducers.” 

She continues, “We have a great relationship with Canon Medical and have worked with them for over 25 years. Image quality, reliability, value for money and the after-sales care and applications support are just a few of the many reasons we keep coming back.”

“Delivering accurate and high-quality patient services in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is essential. So, too, is the selection of diagnostic ultrasound imaging tools that ensure the best possible image quality for making clinical decisions and providing comfortable examinations to patients. We look forward to continuing our close partnership working with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,” states Rosie Beattie, Ultrasound Regional Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK.


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