HARTSVILLE, SC (February 3, 2011) — Women’s Care of Hartsville announced today that it has acquired a new, state-of-the-art Volume Ultrasound system from GE Healthcare which will help improve the quality of health care in women’s health, gynecological, prenatal and other clinical applications. The Voluson 730 system will enable Women’s Care of Hartsville’s physicians, Dr. Scott Daniel, Dr. Michelle Quaye and Dr. Leroy Robinson, to explore patient images in any plane, reveal the smallest details and acquire and construct volumetric images in real-time with stunning clarity.
“Ultrasound is widely recognized for its clinical use in obstetrics and gynecology. Volume Ultrasound with real-time motion is a new, powerful tool that can aid our physicians in detecting anomalies in the fetus as well as problems related to a woman’s uterus and ovaries,” explains Dr. Michelle Quaye.
Traditional ultrasound images are two-dimensional, forcing clinicians to create three-dimensional images in their minds. The Voluson 730 system will allow Women’s Care of Hartsville’s physicians to see images in 3D and in greater detail, in a safe and generally non-invasive way, when a 2-D diagnosis indicates suspected abnormalities that need to be more closely scrutinized.
"Two-dimensional ultrasound images can be difficult for patients to understand,” says Dr. Scott Daniel. “But with our new Volume Ultrasound system, it’s very easy to show our patients what we are seeing inside their bodies, from an abnormality to expectant parents having a sonogram in the course of their pregnancy term.”
“The Voluson 730 will also be useful to our physicians in examining the fetal heart, or for studying any abnormalities that may exist in the womb,” says Dr. Leroy Robinson. In this way, heart defects can be diagnosed in the womb and appropriate treatments can be planned and then administered at birth.
“Our new Voluson 730 system opens a whole world of possibilities,” adds Dr. Robinson. “The combination of real-time motion and three-dimensional images improves our quality of care while boosting patient confidence. It’s an amazing new technology and we’re thrilled to offer it to our patients.”
Ultrasound, also known as sonography, creates images of internal bodily structures and organs for diagnostic medical purposes. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and advanced computing technology to create a real-time, multi-dimensional clinical image. Today, more than 6,000 GE Voluson ultrasound systems are in use, imaging more than 15 million women each year.