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Echotech installs six new laptop ultrasound systems

Siemens Healthcare UK : 04 September, 2008  (Application Story)
Siemens Healthcare has supplied six laptop ultrasound systems to Echotech, an independent provider of echocardiography services to the Primary Care Sector.
The units will be used to provide mobile diagnostic imaging of the heart in community settings including health centres, polyclinics and diagnostic centres. The outsourced service ensures prompt, local and convenient access to procedures for NHS patients and speeds up the GP referral to treatment times in Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).

The Acuson P50 Ultrasound system combines the flexibility, usability and mobility of a laptop, with the image quality of a full conventional Ultrasound system. The unit weighs just 5 kgs and runs as a Microsoft Windows application on an Apple MacBook Pro.

The P50 units were chosen by Echotech for their portability, superior image resolution and IT integration capabilities. The six systems will replace incumbent Ultrasound units and will be used to provide echocardiography services to PCTs in London, the South East and Midlands. The acquisition of the units has been made possible via an innovative finance solution from Siemens Financial Services.

“Lord Darzi’s recent review emphasised the importance of delivering high quality services closer to patient’s homes. We believe that the independent sector has an increasingly important role to play in supporting PCTs in delivering care to the local community in line with 18 week referral to treatment targets,” stated Dominic Elton, managing director of Echotech. “Flexible finance played a key role in our acquisition of these best of breed Ultrasound systems from Siemens. It will assist with expanding our offerings across the UK and in providing a high standard of clinical reporting.”

The P50 Ultrasound units allow direct access to the internet. This will enable Echotech physiologists to securely archive Ultrasound images onto its iCardiogram server. Instant storage and recall of the images is essential for the remote reviewing and reporting of echo studies.

Declan Dunphy, manager of performance products at Siemens Healthcare stated, “The Acuson P50 offers high quality imaging for a variety of clinical situations. It provides exceptional colour and Doppler sensitivity, the option of 2D imaging in harmonic and fundamental modes plus M-mode and anatomical M-modes. We are delighted to be working with Echotech and look forward to supporting further as its service grows nationwide.”
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