Consultant respiratory physician Dr She Lok with QEII’s SonoSite NanoMaxx.
The portability and ease of use of SonoSite’s NanoMaxx point-of-care ultrasound systems are said to have enhanced management of pleural effusions at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital (QEII) in Welwyn Garden City.
Consultant respiratory physician Dr She Lok said: “Because this service can be required anywhere in the hospital, we needed a portable, sturdy instrument, and the NanoMaxx system is well suited to the job. It is easy to use and provides good image quality, allowing us to perform real-time imaging for diagnosis and needle guidance. It has also allowed us to change the way pleural effusions are managed, with all cases now dealt with by a member of the respiratory medicine team trained in chest ultrasound. This has accelerated diagnosis and treatment, ensuring we provide the best possible care for our patients.
“It has virtually eliminated the need to transport these patients around the hospital for an ultrasound scan, reducing pressure on our radiology department.”
See the full report on page 28 of the January 2012 issue of RAD Magazine.