Canon Medical Systems recently supplied the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with its recently-launched Aplio i-series ultrasound system. One of the first installations in the country, the new equipment comes with Canon’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) and Smart 3D technology as standard.
Commenting, Merilyn Cockburn, Consultant Radiographer at the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, says, “The system is a replacement for a much older Aplio. We have two Canon ultrasound machines and we have found Canon scanners to be very reliable and user-friendly. In addition, the technical and applications support has always been very good. The image quality of the new equipment is very impressive.”
The Aplio i-series’ unique imaging technologies provide better image quality by reducing clutter, strengthening signal and improving visualisation. All functions work hand-in-hand with other imaging modes for greater uniformity across all applications. The new iBeam forming architecture enhances image quality thanks to sharper, more homogenous ultrasound beams, whilst simplified controls, a visual guided user interface and automated image optimisation features help to boost productivity, even during the more complex exams, without compromise on accuracy and precision.
Dr. Joanne Gholkar, Consultant Radiologist also appreciates the new features on the scanner, saying “I am impressed by the image quality for breast work, especially in the near field. It is a compact machine, but has a lovely-sized monitor, plus an uncluttered control panel that is easy-to-use and intuitive. It is easy to review images and reselect a patient for a rescan, even if the patient’s images have been closed and sent to PACS”.
Smaller and lighter, the Aplio i-series is easy to manoeuvre, with over 36 cm panel height adjustment, lateral slide and a fully articulating monitor arm to assist the user to optimally adjust the console to virtually any scanning position.
Left to right, Diane Lennox, Consultant Radiographer; Tracey Bellas, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems; Merilyn Cockburn Consultant Radiographer and Dr. Nidhi Sibal, Consultant Radiologist
Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place .We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:
Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water.