A very well received study day organised by the Royal Cornwall Hospital was held at the St. Austell Conference Centre. The focus of the day was centred around extended scope of ultrasound practice, and the topics discussed, choice of speakers and venue where all highly received by the thirty attendees, who also enjoyed a Cornish cream tea.

The delegates enjoyed the interactive discussions surrounding testicular and neck scanning with debate concerning training, and especially the future role of sonographers in thyroid biopsies. The speakers were open to questions, which produced debates on liver assessment, with a hepatology nurse specialist, endo-leak assessment, post stent placement and the use of renal contrast. The extended scope of practice theme extended into specialist paediatric scanning which again, given the time frame, produced a positive feedback. The spleen, the ‘forgotten organ’ was also discussed, which gave many delegates food for thought in their scanning practice. There was also a well received talk from Canon Medical Systems’ partner in CO2 carbon offsetting, who explained how the company’s carbon footprint is being reduced.

Liz Farrington, Consultant Nurse Hepatology at the Royal Cornwall Hospital opened the proceedings with “Liver disease from a Nurse Specialist perspective”, and this was followed by Dr. Simon Freeman, Consultant Radiologist at Plymouth Hospital speaking on “The spleen, the forgotten organ.” After coffee, Dr, Sarah Hamilton, Radiology Registrar at Plymouth Hospital spoke on “Solid ovarian masses, and Dr. Simon Thorogood from the Royal Cornwall presented “Acute paediatric ultrasound scanning.”

The afternoon opened with an interactive session conducted by Dr. Simon Freeman on testicular pathology. This was followed by Dr. John Hancock, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital presenting on “Aortic aneurysm endo-leaks – ultrasound follow-up” and a second presentation from Dr. Simon Thorogood, who spoke on paediatric renal ultrasound. Dr. Ben Rock, Consultant radiologist, also from the Royal Cornwall, followed with thyroid head and neck ultrasound.

Paul Chiplen, who represented Canon Medical Systems’ CO2 offsetting partner, spoke about some of the CO2 offsetting projects that Canon is involved with in the third world, which included the renovation of water bore holes that had fallen into disrepair, along with the manufacture of fuel efficient wood burning stoves in Kenya. This initiative by Canon Medical Systems is completely unique in the medical imaging sector and is of direct benefit to the lives of people in the third world.

Photo: St. Austell Conference

Group photo – delegates attending the Cornish Ultrasound Study Day

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

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