Point-of-care ultrasound for use in emergency medicine
London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital relies on point-of-care ultrasound to help assess and treat patients in its emergency department. The emergency department uses ultrasound on a daily basis for FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) scanning, central line placement, echocardiograms and to check for free abdominal fluid in trauma patients, and occasionally for guiding therapy in critically ill patients, draining abscesses and locating foreign bodies. The FUJIFILM SonoSite X-Porte is very robust, which is important in a busy department where equipment is moved around a lot. It is also very user friendly, and its intuitive operation is particularly beneficial to people who are new to ultrasound scanning.
X-Porte was developed to incorporate a breakthrough, proprietary beam-forming technology: XDI (Extreme Definition Imaging). This signal analysis algorithm shapes X-Porte’s ultrasound beam to pinpoint precision. Artifact clutter is substantially reduced while contrast resolution is significantly enhanced. Other features include intuitive touchscreen interface; real-time, scan-along learning which instantly references onboard educational visual guides and step-by-step tutorials that allow the user to view videos while simultaneously performing live scans ; outstanding durability and reliability.