Keeping residents ‘heart healthy’ with a state-of-the-art cardiac machine
Wimborne’s Victoria Hospital has taken heart from the arrival of a new ‘echo’ machine, thanks to a generous donation by its League of Friends charity group.
The £95,000 device will be used to perform echocardiograms, an ultrasound test that checks the structure and function of the heart.
It will enable speedy diagnoses of a wide range of cardiac conditions at the Dorset HealthCare-run hospital, including valve disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease.
The machine also provides improved image quality, using the latest computer software.
Cardiac physiologist Rachel Brown (pictured above left) explained:
“We can achieve better visualisation of cardiac structures, resulting in a more accurate assessment for the patient. This machine also incorporates 3D imaging, auto measurements and the most up-to-date techniques.
“Our patients can now receive high quality echocardiograms which will help us identify any problems as quickly as possible and guide their subsequent treatment.”
The echo machine was paid for by funding from the Victoria Hospital League of Friends.
Anne Salter, the group’s Chair, said:
“I am delighted the trustees of our charity agreed to fund the purchase of a cardiac ultrasound machine.
“This latest technology allows for quicker and more accurate assessments. It also means that local people can be seen sooner and closer to home.”