Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recently purchased Canon Medical Systems’ latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound system to be used for a wide variety of outpatients examinations, including ENT work and thyroid biopsies. The new scanner replaced a five-year old Aplio MX in the Elective Care Centre at the hospital.


Key features of the new equipment appreciated by the hospital include the SMI technology, and the multiple frequency probe design, which encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved array probe in one unit. This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated.


Helen Campbell, Ultrasound Manager comments, “We are very pleased with the new i-Series.   The system is used by consultants for ENT work and they are especially impressed with the image quality obtained. Canon Medical Systems’ SMI technology is included as standard, which also contributes to the superior image quality. We like the ease-of-use and familiarity of the system. It is modern, slimmer and a very ergonomically friendly machine.”   Helen adds, “We selected Canon Medical Systems again as we like the company’s service history, Applications for Life and after sales support     


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) Paddy Grant, Sonographer, Paula Connor, Clinical Applications Specialist Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems; Helen Campbell, Ultrasound Manager; Samantha Lacey, Deputy Ultrasound Manager; Julie Davidson, Andrea Weston and Jackie Tyler, Sonographers.


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


Cannon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.   As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.