Ultrasound machines and their quality can make all the difference — both for patients and the treating phlebologist. Dr Paraskevas has invested considerable revenue into purchasing the latest Toshiba (now Canon) ultrasound units available.
We are proud to announce that we have added two Aplio 300 Platinum Series Ultrasounds to the practice. These will replace the outgoing Toshiba units that have been in use for the last 12 years.
The importance of having a high-end Ultrasound Machine
Ultrasound technology has come a long way since its inception and subsequent introduction to the medical profession in 1949 by English physicist John Wild. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves emitted from a specialised probe to provide images on a computer screen. The better the ultrasound unit and probe, the sharper and more defined are the images produced.
This is important in treating varicose veins and vein disease for a variety of reasons:
- The diagnostic process is pivotal in all varicose vein treatments. Better images allow the treating phlebologist to identify all sources of reflux which would have previously be missed using older ultrasound units. If you identify the abnormal veins correctly then this will help you plan the treatment more efficiently and will flow onto a more successful outcome for the patient.
- Accurate Ultrasound Reports. There is no doubt that training in vascular ultrasound is essential for both the sonographer and treating phlebologist, for the provision of detailed and accurate ultrasound reports. However, it is important to compliment this training with the latest and best technology to help provide consistency and accuracy in all reports.
- Safety is extremely important when treating varicose veins. The better the ultrasound images, the easier it is for the treating phlebologist to guide the sclerotherapy needles into the right veins and not into arteries. If arteries are injected with sclerosant, the ramifications can be quite devastating.
- Accreditation. It is now mandatory for all radiology and ultrasound departments to be nationally accredited if they provide these services to the public. This also applies to phlebology practices who provide ultrasound diagnostic services. Vein Health Medical Clinic has maintained its Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation (DIAS) and will continue to do so.