In today's medical technology, ultrasound imaging has become imperative in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU) for the evaluation and delivery of care.

The introduction of a high-quality, reasonably priced, portable ultrasound unit has now made it possible for neonatologists and pediatricians to rapidly obtain diagnostic information that can be extremely helpful in evaluation of critically ill neonates or children.

Until recently, ultrasound units were large, complicated, expensive, and required extensive expertise in the acquisition of images. As a result, ultrasound units were maintained in the radiology department, and were a limited resource shared among many hospital departments with differing needs. In many instances (particularly at night and on weekends), USG imaging has not always been available to neonatal intensive care unit. Common neonatal management decisions that might benefit from immediate ultrasound evaluations have often been deferred, contributing to physician frustration, parental anxiety, and hospital cost. Furthermore, and most importantly, the care of the infant may be adversely affected.

Nowadays, mid-range compact ultrasound machines are used to diagnose life-threatening conditions and these have become an invaluable tool in fast-paced settings where mere seconds can be the difference between good and bad outcomes. While it has improved patient safety and outcomes in adult critical care, the ultrasound is gaining greater acceptance as the imaging modality of choice in the pediatric emergency setting as well.

Fujifilm Sonosite EDGE II Color Doppler system fulfills all the parameters, a neonatologist or pediatrician needs to take care of, when it comes to infants or neonates. EDGE II system has:

  • Exceptional image quality with minimal key strokes
  • Fluid-resistant for easy cleaning and disinfection
  • Light-weight for true portability
  • Under 20 second boot-up time
  • Custom use models for specialized care
  • Drop-tested system and transducers
  • Industry-leading 5-year warranty
  • Extensive training and education solutions.

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