Ipswich Hospital delivers top care with new technology
IT'S a picture of life in the womb as we have never seen it before.
Two new ultrasound machines that can produce highly detailed 4D images were recently purchased by Ipswich Hospital as part of a $420,000 medical imaging upgrade.
One of the machines, to be used for complicated or high-risk pregnancies, has four times the processing power and 10 times the data processing capability of standard machines.
Ipswich is among three hospitals in the state, also Cairns and the Gold Coast, to have the latest technology.
The GE Health-produced Voluson E10 is the most advanced ultrasound machine on the market delivering a new standard in imaging. The quality of the images allows doctors to get a better insight into complex women's health issues and to assess fetal health from the early stages.
Ipswich Hospital Director of Medical Imaging Rod Meier said the machines was designed specifically for obstetric and gynaecological applications and incorporated world-first technology.
"The machine can provide a more accurate picture of the baby's blood vessels and organs, allowing clinicians to better monitor a child's development from as early as the first trimester," said Mr Meier. "This can be especially important in the first trimester, when the baby's early growth is evaluated.
"It may help doctors to make confident diagnoses sooner, and formulate a specific treatment plan even before the baby is born."
The state-of the-art technology can also be useful in high-risk patients, when physicians are looking for images to answer specific questions and to provide confidence in the diagnosis.
"This is good news for the more than 1000 patients who use our services each month," Mr Meier said. "As our community grows and its needs change, so do ours. This equipment is a welcomed new addition to our service."