At the handover to St George’s Hospital, London, of six Logiq e systems from GE Healthcare are principal clinical vascular scientist Mark Young, AAA screening technician Salma Haque, GE Healthcare ultrasound specialist Jayesh Odedra and AAA screening technician Tanya Chapman.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which can cause one of the body’s main blood vessels to burst, is the third most common cause of death among older men so, over the next five years, ultrasound screening will be rolled out across 60 centres for men aged 65 and over. This is the NHS’s first men-only screening programme. AAA kills over 3,000 men a year – roughly twice as many deaths as cervical cancer for women, which has its own screening programme.
The St George’s team aim to screen 5,000 patients in the first year throughout south west London. Principal clinical vascular scientist Mark Young commented: “We chose Logiq e for its portability and excellent B-mode image quality.”
See this report on page 32 of the June 2009 issue of RAD Magazine