Toshiba Aplio 500 Platinum ultrasoundBar Harbor, Maine-based Mount Desert Island (MDI) Hospital is using Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Aplio 500 Platinum ultrasound system to help diagnose Hepatitis C in symptomatic patients. The machine, which provides advanced visualization via Shear Wave elastography, enables clinicians to better measure liver tissue elasticity, MDI officials say.

MDI’s director of medical imaging, John Benson, MD, says his hospital needed an ultrasound system with “superior image quality” that would enable physicians to make the right diagnoses every time. “The Aplio 500 Platinum provides clear images that allow our staff to visualize anatomy using ultrasound to reduce invasive procedures, which helps improve patient care,” he says. Plus, system downtime isn’t a concern since local Toshiba clinical engineers are always on call, Benson adds.

In addition to advanced visualization technology, Aplio 500 Platinum features workflow automation tools and ergonomics to reduce operator fatigue. The system also offers Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging — which allows clinicians to see small blood vessels without the need for radiologic contrast agents — and MicroPure technology, which enables better visualization of breast microcalcifications compared to gray-scale imaging. The Aplio 500 Platinum also includes an adaptable user interface for exam precision.

“The Aplio 500 Platinum helps give clinicians a more worry-free experience so they can focus on what matters most: patient care,” says Maria Piazza, director of Toshiba’s ultrasound business unit.” What’s more, she says, the high level of visualization and clarity provided by Aplio 500 Platinum allows hospitals like MDI to provide safer, less-invasive and more cost-effective care to patients.

For more information about the Aplio 500 Platinum system, visit Toshiba America Medical Systems’ website.