Ul­tra­sound ma­chine the new belle of the ball


CORN­WALL, On­tario - The Corn­wall Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion is ded­i­cat­ing pro­ceeds raised at the St. An­drew’s Ball to the pur­chase of an ul­tra­sound ma­chine for Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

This ul­tra­sound costs $125,000 and is the sec­ond such ma­chine donors in the re­gion will help to pur­chase to pro­vide the hos­pi­tal with top-tier equip­ment.

“Corn­wall hos­pi­tal op­er­ates a to­tal of seven ul­tra­sounds,” said Erin Killoran, man­ager of de­vel­op­ment at the Corn­wall Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. “Th­ese ma­chines meet the needs of ap­prox­i­mately 18,500 pa­tients per year.

“Their ex­pected life cy­cle is five years ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try stan­dards at which time they need to be re­placed. The ul­tra­sound for which we are cur­rently rais­ing funds is the sec­ond we will for CCH. The hos­pi­tal will need to re­place all seven by 2016 at a to­tal cost of $1.2 mil­lion.”

Ul­tra­sound ma­chines are ba­sic in mod­ern medicine. They are a di­ag­nos­tic tool that helps see soft tis­sue struc­tures and or­gans to as­sist in the de­tec­tion of all kinds of ail­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to past chief of ra­di­ol­ogy at CCH, Anas­ta­sios Bouba­los, “ul­tra­sound ex­ams are the first thing a doc­tor or­ders to try to fig­ure out what is wrong with a pa­tient ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort. It’s easy and it’s pain­less.”

They are es­sen­tial in sev­eral fields of medicine, in­clud­ing ob­stet­rics, be­cause they are safe for mother and child. Ul­tra­sounds also play a cru­cial role in di­ag­nos­ing can­cer.

“This piece of equip­ment is nec­es­sary for Corn­wall hos­pi­tal’s di­ag­nos­tic cen­tre of ex­cel­lence,” said Killoran. “Pro­ceeds from the Hos­pi­tal Wine & Cheese and the St. An­drew’s Ball will help us ac­com­plish this goal.”

The ball will be on Nov. 30 at the Corn­wall Ar­moury. Tick­ets are avail­able un­til Nov. 25 at www.corn­wall­hos­pi­tal­foun­da­tion.ca or call the foun­da­tion of­fice at 613-930-4508.

Past chief of ra­di­ol­ogy at CCH, Anas­ta­sios Bouba­los.

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