Lorn and Islands Hospital launches new obstetrics service for expectant mothers

New maternity ultrasound imaging service based in Oban provides much anticipated local service for mothers-to-be

 Canon Medical has partnered with Lorn and Islands Hospital to launch a new maternity scanning service for expectant mothers across the region. Sonographers at the hospital will use a Canon Aplio™ 400 ultrasound system and three probes to launch an expert and convenient local service for mothers-to-be.

Based at the Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban, the service will cover Argyll and Bute and surrounding areas, as well as Mull and Tiree islands, with over 350 expectant mothers every year having access to a first-class maternity scanning service, which includes dating scans, Down’s syndrome screening, detailed anomaly scans and growth scans.

Lead sonographer, Helen Payne, says the Lorn and Islands service will make it much easier for local expectant mothers to get necessary scans. “Until this new local service was launched patients had to spend anywhere between two and a half to four hours travelling to Glasgow for their scans.”

 The launch of the new maternity scanning service comes after months of teamwork and collaboration between midwives, sonographers, radiology and hospital management and the service’s imaging partner, Canon Medical.

The sonography team has enjoyed help and input from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow and NHS Highland, as well as invaluable logistics and IT support from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The service will use Canon Medical’s Aplio 400 ultrasound scanner and a high frequency probe for nuchal scans that produces exceptional image quality and accuracy for obstetrics imaging. Canon’s unique Advanced Dynamic Flow provides unparalleled colour imaging of blood through the foetal heart.

Helen Payne adds, “The imaging equipment is of the highest quality and the training and applications development work has been impressive   Canon has effectively worked with us to help design and deliver a first-class imaging service for the Argyll and Bute area.”

 Ergonomically designed with a fully customisable console, the scanner helps ensure every examination has an optimal result, providing the sonographers with unsurpassed image quality and superior productivity.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Canon Medical says, “We are delighted to partner with Lorn and Islands Hospital to design and deliver a maternity scanning service. It’s exciting to know that specialist imaging equipment, operated by highly trained sonographers, is now easily accessible for mothers-to-be in the region.”



Shown here, right to left, Tracey Bellas, Ultrasound Specialist, Canon Medical; Mark Nichols, Radiology Department Manager; Scott Couper, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Canon Medical; Becky Brown, Midwife Sonographer and Helen Payne, Sonographer.    Seated in front is Jaki Lambert, Consultant Midwife

Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MR, across the globe.   As from December 2016, Canon 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 provid4e medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and well being of patients worldwide, so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

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