Staff raise money for vital ultrasound equipment

Chairman of Royal Berks Charity Ian Thompson, Reading and District Hospitals Charity manager Lynn Taylor, consultant breast radiologist Dr Andrea Brown, non-ionising radiation specialist Michael Lynn, sonographer Emily McLeish, Hitachi Medical Systems application specialist Marie Lyons, regional sales manager Matt Shepherd, consultant radiologist Dr Shezad Hussain, Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh member Geoff Scott-Baker and lead sonographer Sarah Heaton.

Team Radio-Inactive has taken the London West Tough Mudder challenge to kick-start a £90,000 fund-raising campaign for Hitachi ultrasound equipment at Royal Berkshire Hospital.  Thirty doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, radiographers, sonographers and administration staff took on the 12-mile mud and obstacle course that was designed by the British Special Forces to test physical strength, stamina, and mental grit.

Cake sales, raffles, Zumba, a half marathon and street collections in Reading were undertaken by the whole ultrasound department, together with the support of Royal Berks Charity, Reading and District Hospitals Charity and the Rotary Club.

Eight Hitachi premium Hi Vision Ascendus systems are now installed in the imaging department, working across a broad range of applications including radiology and breast ultrasound, MSK and paediatrics, supported by technologies including shear wave and real-time tissue elastography modalities.

Lead sonographer Sarah Heaton said: “The exceptional imaging of the Hi Vision Ascendus system was our key reason for choosing Hitachi, which means we can achieve faster patient turnover with rapid, accurate diagnosis.”

See the full report on page 3 of the August 2017 issue of RAD Magazine.

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