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SonoSite representatives joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) at Audley End House in Essex on the 25th June as the charity celebrated its 20th anniversary and unveiled its rebranded fleet – including the first public appearance of its recently purchased Augusta Westland AW169 helicopter – at an open day attended by 3,000 people. The spacious new helicopter, one of two operated by EHAAT, offers virtually 360 degree patient access and is equipped with highly specialised and advanced life-saving equipment, including point-of-care ultrasound for management of cardiac arrest and advanced life support.

EHAAT is equipped with five FUJIFILM SonoSite iViz systems, which are an ideal size for use on the aircraft or at the scene of an emergency. Vanessa Wickens, UK Education Manager and Clinical Apps Lead for FUJIFILM SonoSite, said: “We work closely with EHAAT, helping to train its critical care paramedics in the use of point-of-care ultrasound....

Point-of-care ultrasound is used daily to help assess and treat patients in the emergency department.

London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital relies on point-of-care ultrasound to help assess and treat patients in its emergency department. EMED consultant Dr Parmy Deol explained: “The emergency department uses ultrasound on a daily basis for FAST scanning, central line placement, echocardiograms and to check for free abdominal fluid in trauma patients, and occasionally also for guiding therapy in critically ill patients, draining abscesses and locating foreign bodies. As well as using ultrasound in our clinical practise, two colleagues and I supervise junior trainees learning to use ultrasound, helping them to achieve the level 1 proficiency that is now a mandatory part of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine curriculum.”

“Our point-of-care ultrasound system – a FUJIFILM SonoSite X-Porte ® – is very robust, which is important in a busy department where equipment...

Point-of-care ultrasound plays an important role in the management of cardiac arrest, as Dr Matthew Reed, an Emergency Medicine consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, explained: “We know that the prognosis for a patient with a beating heart is far better than for someone in cardiac standstill. Using ultrasound, we can see whether or not a patient remains in cardiac standstill following a period of intensive resuscitation, and may also be able to identify a previously undetected pathology – such as cardiac tamponade or ventricular fibrillation – that was not visible on the ECG. Ultrasound can also help to guide the most appropriate course of action, for example, unblocking a coronary artery in the cath lab, aggressive treatment of alternative causes of cardiac arrest, or possibly ECMO.”

“We set up an emergency ultrasound training programme almost 10 years ago, purchasing a FUJIFILM SonoSite point-of-care ultrasound system...

Stamford, CT, February 1, 2017 (Booth #551) – FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. , and FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. will present its comprehensive Synapse Enterprise Imaging product portfolio and its SonoSite iViz solution which integrates ultrasound with medical IT at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibition held February 19-23, 2017 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The company will also sponsor an educational session titled “Value-based Care, Enterprise Imaging and the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning”.

“Fujifilm has earned a reputation as a dedicated partner in helping healthcare organizations establish and grow their enterprise imaging strategy so that they are better positioned to deliver value-based care,” said Bill Lacy, Vice President of Medical Informatics at FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “Fujifilm’s Synapse portfolio is the most comprehensive enterprise imaging solution available today and is designed to help improve patient outcomes...

DUBAI, UAE, January 27, 2017 (Booth #S2.A30, Shake Sayeed Hall 2) – FUJIFILM SonoSite , specialists in developing cutting-edge ultrasound solutions and providing world-leading education to enable point-of-care visualisation access, will present its innovative portfolio of ultrasound solutions and highlight enhanced features and upgrades at Arab Health, the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region. Explore 4,400 of the world's leading healthcare companies coming in from 70 countries. Additionally, browse through 38+ dedicated country pavilions to see the best that each nation has to offer, it will be held on January 30th – February 2nd, 2017 at the International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“We designed FUJIFILM SonoSite products to meet the needs of a wide range of point-of-care scenarios including some of the most demanding,” said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP, FRCPC, chief medical officer and senior vice president, FUJIFILM...

Toronto, Canada, January 12, 2017 – FUJIFILM VisualSonics Inc. , a world leader in high-frequency ultrasound imaging systems and subsidiary of FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., today announced clearance from Health Canada for its Vevo® MD, the world’s first Ultra High-Frequency (UHF) clinical ultrasound system. The Vevo MD uniquely operates at much higher frequencies than any conventional ultrasound system currently available. This allows medical professionals to see sonograms with unparalleled image resolution—down to 30 micrometers.

“Throughout its history, Fujifilm has been at the forefront of extraordinary breakthroughs in healthcare. This powerful technology from FUJIFILM VisualSonics is the latest in a long line of innovations, said Masayuki Higuchi, president & CEO, FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. “With unprecedented image resolution capabilities, Vevo MD will have significant impact on the quality of care Canadian practitioners deliver to patients.”

Vevo MD’s patented transducer technology is capable of operating in a range of frequencies up...

A training exercise gives doctors and paramedics a feel for using point-of-care ultrasound in challenging environments

Emergency teams have recently carried out a training exercise at the vast Stuttgart 21 construction project, using the experience to become more familiar with the site and practice with routine equipment in tunnels as far down as 40 metres, preparing them as much as possible for future emergency calls to the area. Stuttgart 21 is a massive building project based around the main railway station that will result in the current terminus becoming a through station, and a new line connecting directly to Ulm. In total, around 60 km of railway tunnels will be built under the city – over 20 km have already been completed – and, according to current estimates, the project is scheduled to finish in 2021.

Stephan Rauscher, Consultant Anaesthetist in the emergency department...

Fujifilm is first to market with Ultra High Frequency Ultrasound System for Human Studies

Toronto, Canada, June 9, 2016 – FUJIFILM VisualSonics Inc. , a world leader in ultra high frequency ultrasound imaging systems and subsidiary of FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., today announced a significant milestone in its history with the installation of the first Vevo ® MD Ultra High Frequency (UHF) clinical ultrasound system at the Second University of Naples in Italy. With multiple successes in preclinical research over the last decade, the Vevo ® MD is FUJIFILM VisualSonics’ first foray into the clinical market.


Dr. Roberto Grassi, Professor of Radiology at the F. Magrassi and A. Lanzara Department at the Second University of Naples.

According to Dr. Roberto Grassi, Professor of Radiology at the F. Magrassi and A. Lanzara Department at the Second University of Naples, the institution has...

Emergency Med, Paramedic, Air Ambulance

Ultrasound technology is taking to the skies with the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, a charity that provides a free, life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.

Stuart Elms, Clinical Director of the Trust, explained: “We operate two helicopters crewed by full-time pre-hospital care doctors and critical care paramedics who can be rushed to the scene of an incident with highly specialised and advanced life-saving equipment and pharmacy. As part of our practice, we are moving towards using ultrasound for management of cardiac arrest and advanced life support. Working with expert sites such as the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon, Harefield Hospital and SonoSite, our aim is to train our critical care paramedics to use point-of-care ultrasound, allowing us to tailor our cardiac care even more accurately.”

“SonoSite is a world leader in point-of-care ultrasound, and...

Providing clear ultrasound diagnostics for critical moments

BOTHELL, WA. January 25, 2016 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. , specialists in developing cutting-edge ultrasound solutions and providing world-leading education to enable point-of-care visualization access, announced today CE mark and 510(k) clearance for its new portable ultrasound system, the SonoSite Edge II. Designed with emergency medicine and critical care applications in mind, the Edge II features revolutionary transducer technology that delivers a better imaging experience for the most rugged environments.

"Since SonoSite introduced the first portable ultrasound system in 1999, it has continued to build solutions that anticipate the bedside provider's needs," said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP, FRCPC, chief medical officer and senior vice president, FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. and FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. "The Edge II ultrasound system stays true to the SonoSite legacy of durability, reliability, and ease of use. However, we also incorporated enhancements to accelerate the time to image acquisition, enabling clinicians to make more confident decisions and focus on what matters most, the patient."