£250,000 investment in latest ultrasound scanners

Staff pictured with the new Aplio 500 in the Antenatal department of the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Sonographer Raeesa Dawjee (seated),  Clinical Lead Sonographer Julie White,  Radiographer Assistant Geralyn Hall and Deputy Clinical Lead Sonographer Philippa Staines.
Staff pictured with the new Aplio 500 in the Antenatal department of the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Sonographer Raeesa Dawjee (seated), Clinical Lead Sonographer Julie White, Radiographer Assistant Geralyn Hall and Deputy Clinical Lead Sonographer Philippa Staines.
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Patients attending appointments at Burnley General Hospital or the Royal Blackburn Hospital could benefit from six new ultrasound scanners which have just entered service following a £250,000 investment by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The top of the range Toshiba Aplio 500 and Xario 200s produce high-resolution images, giving patients and hospital staff greater confidence in diagnosis.

Julie White, Clinical Lead for Ultrasound at the Trust, said: “Ultrasound technology is advancing rapidly so it is important we update our equipment to maintain high standards of patient care and continue providing safe, high quality ultrasound services.”

“The scans are performed by our team of highly trained sonographers who are all advanced practitioners, consultant radiologists or consultant obstetricians.”

Burnley General Hospital patients will benefit from three of the new Toshiba Aplio scanners, located in the main x-ray department, the Phase 5 X-ray department and Ante-Natal department in the Lancashire Women’s and Newborn Centre.

At the Royal Blackburn, Toshiba scanners have replaced older equipment within the Antenatal clinic and Vascular Laboratory.

“Patients throughout East Lancs can be reassured our new scanners at Burnley and Blackburn hospitals produce even better quality images than the old equipment they replaced,” added Julie White.

The scanners are particularly useful for the imaging of liver lesions.