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Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust takes delivery of first X-Porte ultrasound system

The anaesthesia department at Queen’s Hospital, part of the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been using FujiFilm SonoSite point-of-care ultrasound systems since they were first introduced in the UK, and has recently taken delivery of its first X-Porte.

Dr TJ Bhatti, clinical director of anaesthesia for critical care and theatres at the trust, said: “We use ultrasound extensively in the department – for everything from nerve blocks and vascular access to peri-operative transthoracic echocardiographs – as well as on the wards and in A&E if necessary.

“We have even started using it in our physiotherapy department, training members of the team there to perform several simple nerve blocks. With so many users, it is important that the systems are familiar and easy to use, which is why we have always stuck to a single supplier.

“The latest generation X-Porte really is exceptional, offering excellent image quality. The system is also very intuitive to use, and can be easily customised to the user’s preferences, saving a lot of time.

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“One of the most-interesting features is its built-in tutorials and 3D anatomy guides. These are ideal for helping less-experienced doctors and I regularly see them being used side-by-side with live imaging to maximum effect.”