Image quality, ergonomics & industry reputation cited as reasons for selection

Canon Medical Systems UK has installed an Aplio i600 diagnostic ultrasound system at North Devon District Hospital, part of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, to support the expansion of imaging service capacity and bolster clinical confidence. It will be situated in a new multi-use room and used predominately for breast imaging procedures.

Featuring Superb micro-vascular imaging (SMI), the Aplio i600 at North Devon District Hospital will be able to expand the level of vascular visualisation and detail to enhance clinical diagnostic confidence when evaluating lesions, cysts and tumours.

Shelley Thompson, Superintendent Sonographer at North Devon District Hospital states, “One of the main drivers for a new ultrasound system was to develop our capacity for breast imaging. The imaging quality and ergonomics of the Aplio i600 stood out during the clinical evaluations, as did the industry reputation of Canon Medical Systems. The Aplio i600 is a very versatile system to suit the wide spectrum of work we carry out in the department, which includes interventional procedures performed by Radiologists.”

“We’re delighted to have installed our first Canon Medical Systems ultrasound unit into North Devon District Hospital and that technical quality, versatility, ergonomics and market reputation played a part in our selection,” states Henry Lewis, Sales Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK. “We will now continue to support the department with ongoing service and applications needs.”

In addition to breast imaging workload, the Canon Medical Systems Aplio i600 was also selected by North Devon District Hospital for its versatility in interventional imaging. The installation includes the full range of diagnostic ultrasound transducers to give clinical flexibility across breast, paediatric, vascular, interventional and general procedures.

Photo caption: Canon Medical Systems UK has installed an Aplio i600 diagnostic ultrasound system into North Devon District Hospital, part of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Pictured (left to right): Dr Sandra Owen, Consultant Radiologist; Clare Leworthy, HCA; Neli Nyathi, Sonographer; Maria Grigg, Sonographer; Shelley Thompson, Superintendent Sonographer; Vikki Nicholson, Sonographer; Stefan Ramkissoon, Radiology Registrar; Henry Lewis, Sales Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK; Shane Hanlon, Applications Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK; and Emma Kiff, Sonographer.








Ethics and ethos go beyond product and service offerings

Imaging equipment provider Canon Medical Systems UK has formally announced its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments that reach far beyond the products and services provided. #madeforlife, a philosophy and tangible series of regional, national and international CSR initiatives, will focus on the health of the environment and creating a better society for people in the UK and developing nations.

The health of the environment is at the heart and soul of Canon Medical Systems. It is the only UK medical equipment provider to be ‘carbon neutral’ meeting all PAS 2060 requirements by the British Standards Institute, and has gained official partner status from the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals. Cascading from this is an ongoing commitment to humanity through improving communities, boosting the wellbeing of society and pursuing health innovations to advance healthcare prevention and diagnosis through clinical and academic research.

At an international level, Canon Medical Systems UK will be building on its successful Carbon neutral initiative where each and every purchase of imaging equipment is translated into tonnes of carbon and offset to a high impact project in a developing country. This CO2 offset takes into account the elements involved in manufacturing, packaging, shipping and average energy usage for the standard lifetime of a medical imaging system. Metrics are calculated and monitored by a specialist carbon zero partner and verified by Gold Standard for Global Goals developed by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) or United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals approved auditor. A Canon Medical 1.5T MRI system, for example, has a carbon offset footprint of 226.78 tonnes CO2 which then helps 245 people in Kenya and Uganda via providing cooking stoves and fixing water borehole projects to improve overall health and quality of living standards.

Nationally, UK charity Support Dogs has been selected by Canon Medical Systems to provide corporate backing for the next two years to train a new assistance dog that will improve the safety, independence and wellbeing of people living with epilepsy, autism or disabilities. When matched to a family, the trained dog provides important health and wellbeing support such as pre-empting epileptic seizure up to 50 minutes in advance, or lowering anxiety levels so that medication is no longer required, or can be reduced.

At a regional level, Canon Medical Systems is continuing its support of top British professional league Sheffield Sharks Basketball Club, in rolling out a ‘RESPECT programme’ to more than 600 primary school children in South Yorkshire. Workshops delivered by basketball players aim to encourage positive citizenship and address a range of issues in local communities such as online safety, fire safety and bullying. The sessions also include basketball coaching to inspire the children into having healthy attitudes towards sport. Each of the 16 schools enrolled into the RESPECT programme will end the 2018/19 academic year with a competitive RESPECT basketball tournament at the English Institute of Sport.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our Made for Life vision differentiates our commercial consciousness from many of the other providers in the UK medical equipment marketplace. Our goal is not only to deliver solid imaging systems partnerships to our customers and ultimately patients, but also to contribute to the prosperity of the world and improve life for all. We do this by understanding the needs of our customers and by working closely with academic, industry and community partners.”

Donations given in exchange for radiology customers’ time to complete performance poll

Nearly £2,500 has been donated by Canon Medical Systems UK, formally Toshiba Medical Systems, to UK charities in exchange for its radiology customers completing a short online or telephone survey about people, products and customer service. The qualitative and quantitative survey enabled the viewpoints of radiographers, sonographers and clinicians to be collected to ensure the ongoing improvement in Canon Medical System’s offerings in the areas of product support and customer service.

The total amount raised will be split between three health related charities: Little Hearts Matter, a UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition; The Stroke Association, a UK charity working to change the world for people affected by stroke; and a leading national Cancer research charity.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our customer satisfaction surveys are very important to gauge the views of the people we serve and for the wider healthcare ecosystem. Keeping equipment uptime rates high, being highly responsive to breakdowns or delivering smooth and quick equipment installations, are vital to support our customers delivering frontline diagnostic imaging services to growing numbers of patients. It is part of our Made for Life commitment to put the patient at the heart of everything we do and it’s great to see the results of this survey showing a significant increase in customer satisfaction since the last survey 3 years ago.”

Photo caption: Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK presents cheque to David Walmsley, Regional Fundraiser at Stroke Association.