London hospital buys three Siemens ultrasound systems for cardiology dept.

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St. Thomas Hospital in London, part of Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, has ordered three Acuson P10 ultrasound systems from Siemens Healthcare for use in its cardiology department.

The P10 is a handheld ultrasound screening device, weighing 700 grams and the system can be used in regular rounds and in trauma settings to provide high quality scan images, according to Siemens.

“The P10 can act as a digital stethoscope to assist in providing answers for triage decisions, bedside monitoring and traditional diagnosis,” said Declan Dunphy, performance products manager at Siemens Healthcare.

The company said its P10 system is designed with a PDA-style user interface. The system can be used with an industry standard USB port for sharing of information and upgrades. It offers instant power-up, one-hour battery life, high-quality black and white 2D-mode imaging with a 2 to 4 MHz phased array probe, an SD memory card slot and a dock/recharge station with a spare battery, according to Siemens.