Cwm Taf University Health Board recently purchased four of Canon’s latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound systems, allocating two scanners for Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil and two for Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Hospital. Users at both sites are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.
Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer comments, “We decided to purchase the Canon i800 after evaluating a number of manufacturers’ systems. The i800 was our first choice due to its image quality, the ergonomics of the system and Canon’s reputation for its after-sales support. The scanner out-performed all the other systems in our evaluation. A feature that particularly impressed us was the ‘Superb Micro-vascular Imaging’, which produces incredible images of the vascularity of the area under investigation. This feature is especially useful for MSK applications. The images produced of the ‘larger’ patients are also impressive. We found the Canon team very friendly and support during our installation.”
SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.
Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition
The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.
Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.
Shown here (left to right) – Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer; Gayle Godfrey, Support Worker; Erica Oliver, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems, Jackie Charles, Support Worker (seated), and Annie Crocker, Sonographer