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Siemens Acuson X300 ultrasound system supports riders at Burghley Horse Trials

Siemens Healthcare UK : 30 September, 2008  (Company News)
This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials called on the features of a Siemens Acuson X300 ultrasound system to support the health of eighty riders, including Zara Phillips, that competed in show jumping, dressage and cross country competitions over the four day event.
The equipment was part of an on-site sports medicine and injuries clinic available to all riders.

The clinic was a new concept in the eventing arena, established to provide rapid assessment, treatment and recovery of injured riders. The clinic included a medical team for sports injuries and minor ailments; a physiotherapy suite for acute and ongoing sports injury treatment; and basic diagnostic Ultrasound facilities to enable enhanced injury assessment and targeted therapies. By having a comprehensive centre, it avoided the need for any musculoskeletal injury queries to be referred to the local hospital.

Altogether twelve riders attended the centre over the four days. The Ultrasound system was used on all except one of the riders who visited the clinic, assisting in diagnosis and enabling riders to be confident about their riding condition. During the event one rider was forced to pull out after the Ultrasound system confirmed she had a broken rib, whilst another competitor was found to have a swelling of an ankle tendon and was referred for soft tissue treatment.

“The Ultrasound was immensely useful, enabling us to quickly verify whether the pain in a rider’s chest was a bruise or a broken rib. This meant riders could be assured they were fit to compete or confirm that they should pull out of competition,” said Patrick Dissmann, consultant in emergency medicine at James Cook University Hospital, who manned the on-site clinic. “At this elite level, it is the little injuries that can have a huge impact on a rider’s performance, both short and long term. Without the Ultrasound facilities, a detailed diagnosis of some injuries would not have been possible.”

“This was the ideal event to demonstrate the superior image quality, ease of use and versatility that the X300 system offers,” said Declan Dunphy, performance products manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Furthermore, the flexibility and advanced image quality of the system meant that clinicians were able to instantly show the problem to the patient, helping to explain the situation, build up trust and create a strong rapport.”

Clinicians found the scanner easy to use and stow away due to its lightweight, compact and portable design. All the necessary equipment to deal with even the most serious falls, including abdominal, cardiac and musculoskeletal probes, was included with the system. The on-site medical team also cited the superb image quality and ability to focus on different structures at a variety of depths as important elements of the X300.
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