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Manchester Enhances Ultrasound Systems With New Technology

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has installed five ultrasound systems from Siemens Healthcare. The systems feature superior image quality, knowledge-based workflow and an ergonomic design for diagnostic confidence.

Saint Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children has received four Acuson S2000 systems and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has installed a further Acuson S2000.

The Acuson S2000 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is being used for general paediatric scanning and is particularly beneficial for small parts and musculoskeletal work. The system also features the ergonomically designed, lightweight 14L5SP hockey stick transducer with flexible cable.

One of the units at Saint Mary’s is situated in the Fetal Medicine Unit and is used to scan tertiary referrals for fetal abnormalities. It is equipped with Siemens’ syngo Auto OB application for performing automatic biometric measurements, plus a Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation (STIC) application for assisting in the detection of fetal heart abnormalities.

Saint Mary’s is also using Siemens’ 9L4 linear transducer that delivers high frequency imaging resolution with high clarity. The new linear technology via the 9L4 transducer is particularly helpful in the assessment of the fetal brain, spine and abdomen.

The other S2000 ultrasound systems in the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are in place in Saint Mary’s Ultrasound department for use in obstetrics, gynaecological and abdominal scanning and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit for portable ultrasound. Two existing Sonoline Antares units have also been upgraded to Acuson Antares units.

Sarah Russell, consultant radiologist in obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics at Saint Mary’s Hospital, said: “Referrals from 20 week anomaly scans are incredibly anxious times for patients but by using the 9L4 transducer, we can give a more confident and assertive diagnosis that will impact significantly on our ability to give accurate counselling to parents. Using the 9L4 for target scanning, particularly of the brain and spine, has also been very helpful in gaining extra diagnostic confidence.”

Bernadette Leonard, regional sales manager for Ultrasound Products at Siemens Healthcare, said : “The continuing strength of the S2000 product range, its applications and transducers has been instrumental in securing this extensive order from the Trust. The S2000 combines superior image quality and an ergonomic design for wide ranging clinical applications. We’re delighted to see its versatility employed at Manchester, demonstrating its applications in women’s health, paediatric and newborn imaging.”