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FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. , specialists in developing cutting-edge, point-of-care ultrasound solutions, today announced the launch of two new transducers for the SonoSite iViz point-of-care ultrasound, now connecting a total of four to their powerful, hand-held diagnostic tool. Built-from-the-ground-up, iViz is a lightweight, miniaturized ultrasound system that fits right into your pocket. It can be taken anywhere, from a patient’s bedside to first response at a car accident. Now with the addition of the L25v and C60v transducers to its portfolio, the iViz enables clinicians the ability to view superficial applications such as ophthalmic, arterial, venous, lung and nerve as well as deeper applications such as abdominal and obstetrics.

“FUJIFILM SonoSite designs, manufactures, and tests transducers in-house with real-world customer needs in mind,” said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. “Our transducers exceed stringent military specifications...

FUJIFILM SonoSite is pleased to be supporting the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) by supplying point-of-care ultrasound systems for clinic-based and trackside imaging. The compact and highly portable ultrasound systems will provide the BSB medical team with on-site imaging capabilities, to support the first-class care of riders and teams competing in the championship.

FUJIFILM SonoSite named as official supplier to British Superbikes 2018

Safety is paramount in motorcycle racing and, despite continuous advances in safety, series organisers must still be ready to respond to the potentially life-threatening incidents that are an inherent part of any motorsport. BSB prides itself on its safety record and medical team, and provides high quality facilities and experienced personnel at each round of the championship to mitigate the risks and minimise the burden on public healthcare. Point-of-care ultrasound will be a valuable addition to the medical team’s toolbox, enabling rapid assessment...

Ultrasound technology is playing a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of critical care patients at Watford Hospital, part of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Devaraja Acharya, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, explained: “The hospital serves a population of around 600,000 and has a busy 19-bed ICU which relies on point-of-care ultrasound technology to assist patient diagnoses, and to guide invasive procedures such as the insertion of chest drains.”

“Ultrasound is very important in critical care, and so we invested in a SonoSite X-Porte point-of-care system for ICU, complementing the trust’s MicroMaxx and S-Nerve, which are used in theatres to perform regional blocks. This standardisation makes it easier for staff to switch between systems, and is better for risk management and servicing. The system’s touchscreen operation is very straightforward, allowing you to toggle between transducers at the touch of a button, without the need to disconnect...

St Mary's Hospital is one of London's four major trauma centres, and uses point-of-care ultrasound extensively in the assessment of patients visiting its extremely busy A&E department. Dr Ehsan Hassan, a consultant in emergency medicine with a special interest in ultrasound, explained: “Our normal practice with trauma patients is to perform a FAST scan during the primary survey. This can make a significant difference to the care of unstable patients – for example, stab wounds to the heart – giving you a diagnosis straight away. This approach has enabled some patients to be fast-tracked into theatre.”

The department’s SonoSite X-Porte ultrasound system is based in resus, although its portability means it can be easily moved to other areas of A&E as required. Dr Hassan continued: “The Royal College of Emergency Medicine requires that all A&E consultants are trained to perform FAST, aortic scans, IV access and basic echo. However,...

Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound is helping to improve the quality of life for metastatic breast cancer patients in the West Midlands thanks to the fundraising efforts of Breast Friends Solihull and the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. A FUJIFILM SonoSite SII ultrasound system funded through donations is enabling chemotherapy patients to be fitted with portacaths instead of traditional peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines).

Mike Hammond, CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, explained: “PICC lines provide an effective route for the delivery of chemotherapy drugs, but can be quite restrictive on a patient’s lifestyle; they require weekly appointments to flush the lines and they prevent patients from swimming, for example. We wanted to offer our patients a better solution – subcutaneous portacath lines – that eliminate these issues. Ultrasound guidance is essential for placing and accessing these semi-permanent catheters but, unfortunately, there was no funding within the trust to purchase a...

Saturday the 27th of January 2018 marks the first ESRA European Day of Regional Anaesthesia, delivered simultaneously in over 20 training hubs across the continent. FUJIFILM SonoSite is delighted to be backing this new initiative by providing point-of-care ultrasound devices to many of the workshops.

Dr Jonathan Womack, an anaesthetic consultant at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle, and one of the event organisers, said: “This is the first time we’ve put together something this big; the programme is the same across all the sites and the varied content will have broad appeal. We’ve been able to secure a number of expert speakers – including Dr Nat Haslam, Honorary Secretary of RA-UK – and we’ve limited numbers to 30 delegates per site to foster a hands-on, workshop atmosphere and deliver the best experience.”

The day-long programme offers a range of lectures, live demos and workshops, covering everything from...

Anaesthetists at Liverpool Women’s Hospital are taking advantage of ultrasound guidance to administer epidurals, as consultant anaesthetist Dr Abraham Ssenoga explained: “Liverpool Women’s is a specialist obstetrics and gynaecology hospital that deals with around 8,000 deliveries a year. Of these, about 25 % of patients will require an epidural, either during labour or for an elective C-section.”

“We purchased an X-Porte® point-of-care system last year to use for ultrasound-guided epidurals. Its large screen appealed to us and, with no buttons to trap dust, the system is easy to keep clean. The touchscreen operation is especially popular with younger staff, who are used to smartphone and tablet technology, and the image quality is excellent. A particular advantage is the capability to change the mode according to the size of the patient, making it easier to obtain a clear image and measure depth accurately, enabling the correct needle length to be...

Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound is now a common sight in emergency departments throughout the UK. Professor Bob Jarman, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre, explained the potential benefits of more widespread ultrasound use: “There is a lot of interest in POC ultrasound within our department, above and beyond the FAST scans, basic echo, aortic aneurysm screening and venous access commonly performed in an emergency setting. We try to ensure that it is a routine part of our approach, helping us to assess a wide range of patients coming into the department.”

“Thanks to the generous support of FUJIFILM SonoSite, we currently have eight POC ultrasound machines, and we have put a lot of thought into how we planned to use the systems, as well as where to locate them to maximise use. Increasing system availability has also been key to opening up ultrasound use...

BOTHELL, WA, November 21, 2017 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, will showcase its latest innovations at the 103rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) at booth #4111 in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Highlights from Fujifilm SonoSite, Inc.’s portfolio include the SonoSite SII, SonoSite Edge II, and the SonoSite X-Porte.

“The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing and in this fast-paced setting, the only constant is the high demand for faster, less-expensive, and more accurate diagnoses,” said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. “Fujifilm SonoSite is here to help our customers increase workflow efficiencies to deliver better care and improved patient outcomes with our leading point-of-care ultrasound technologies.”

The following will be on exhibit and available for demonstration at RSNA Booth #4111:...

STAMFORD, Conn. – FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. , a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and medical informatics solutions, and FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. , specialists in developing cutting-edge ultrasound solutions and providing world-leading education to enable point-of-care visualisation access, have launched a full-suite paediatric solutions portfolio, complete with digital radiography (DR), healthcare IT and point-of-care ultrasound to serve the world’s most unique patients. Fujifilm will unveil the comprehensive paediatrics portfolio in a dedicated display at booth #4111 (South Hall) at McCormick Place in Chicago during the 103rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

“For the most precious patients, Fujifilm’s full line of paediatric specific imaging products is tailored to the special needs of these exams,” said Johann Fernando, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “With more than 80 years in imaging experience, Fujifilm is uniquely advantaged to...