St Thomas' Hospital buys Siemens portable ultrasound systems
2 July 2009
St Thomas’ Hospital in London, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS
Foundation Trust, has purchased three Acuson P10 ultrasound systems from
Siemens Healthcare for its Cardiology Department.
The P10 is a handheld, pocket-sized ultrasound system that can be
used for rapid, point-of-care assistance in a variety of conditions.
Three Consultant Cardiologists have the innovative devices in the
hospital’s outpatient clinic, using the P10’s capabilities as a digital
stethoscope to screen for certain cardiac conditions.
The P10 weighs just 700 grammes, making it easy to carry between
locations. Its imaging capabilities help to enhance a physical
examination, showing the heart in detail on the screen to provide
greater information for more precise clinical decision making.
“The ACUSON P10s have the potential to rule out certain diagnoses in
the outpatient clinic to enable us to decide if a full echocardiogram is
required,” said Jane Hancock, Consultant Cardiologist at St Thomas’
“The P10 ultrasound system is a lightweight diagnostic tool that will
provide earlier and faster cardiac assessments for St Thomas’ Hospital,”
said Declan Dunphy, Manager of Ultrasound Products at Siemens
Healthcare. “Its innovative design, portability and high quality images
mean that cardiologists can effectively evaluate outpatients, providing
instant diagnostic images that will eliminate unnecessary tests and
In addition to cardiology uses, the ACUSON P10 can also be used for
an array of applications in accident and emergency medicine, obstetrics
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