Pennine neurology services improved with introduction of ultrasound needle guidance

Published: 7-Feb-2013

Trust deploys SonoSite M-Turbo hand-carried ultrasound system for patient rehabilitation

Neurological rehabilitation services at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are benefitting from ultrasound needle guidance using SonoSite’s M-Turbo hand-carried ultrasound system.

Dr Fayez Morcos, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the trust, said: “We provide inpatient neurological rehabilitation for a wide range of conditions, from acute problems such as head injuries and strokes to long-term degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, as well as providing outpatient and community services.

Treatment of spasticity using localised injection of Botulinum toxin is an important part of this service, and accuracy of needle placement is crucial to achieve the required effect, whether that is to improve motor function or simply to make the patient more comfortable.

“Patients appreciate the improved speed and comfort of ultrasound guided injections, and being able to visualise the muscles helps them to understand the treatment goals. Combined with the system’s portability and robust design, which make it well suited to use in outpatient clinics and patients’ homes, the M-¬Turbo really is a brilliant tool for rehabilitation medicine.”

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