SonoSite X-Porte: The Future Of Ultrasound In Emergency Medicine

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Fujifilm SonoSite’s X-Porte ultrasound system is off to a good start, with its sophisticated point-of-care imaging capability enhancing accident and emergency services at the Royal Oldham Hospital. The hospital, a member of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was the recipient of the first X-Porte delivered in the world. It has been relying on SonoSite’s various ultrasound systems for 10 years.

Ultrasound is a staple in emergency departments, and at the Royal Oldham Hospital it is tapped in all kinds of cases, from fractures and gallstones to suspected aneurysms and pregnancy complications.

“The X­Porte really is on a whole new level in terms of speed and ease of operation, and the image quality rivals many much larger, more expensive systems. The echocardiogram function is also a step ahead in terms of both image quality and the software,” said Rip Gangahar, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Trauma Lead for the Trust.

For one, the X-Porte is highly intuitive and benefits daily practices in emergency medicine in many ways. Among its host of helpful features are the education and training modules and a special function that allows images to be saved directly on an external flash drive.

From an infection control standpoint, the unit is easy to clean and wipe down. Plus, like all other SonoSite systems, it is very portable and robust and therefore suitable for use in emergency settings.

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