box10.gif (1299 bytes)







Emergency services

UHN, Mount Sinai benefit from wireless ultrasound

TORONTO – Using wireless transmission on a portable ultrasound machine, a single on-call sonographer has been able to provide quick, night-time ultrasound services to the emergency departments at three different hospitals – the 256-bed Toronto Western and 471-bed Toronto General, both part of UHN, and the 472-bed Mount Sinai hospital.

Using a wireless MicroMaxx from SonoSite, the sonographer sends images as they are taken to a centralized picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in a radiology suite, where a radiologist provides real-time diagnostic evaluations to the emergency physicians.

The MicroMaxx system has been programmed to work seamlessly across the distinct wireless security algorithms deployed by UHN and Mount Sinai, and automatically connects to the PACS network as the sonographer moves from department to department.

“With this model, UHN and Mount Sinai have created a flexible, cost-efficient means of ensuring that patients in the emergency department have access to ultrasound imaging services during the overnight hours, during which the hospitals’ radiology suites do not operate,” said Scott Jarrett, Administrative Director for UHN and Mount Sinai’s Joint Department for Medical Imaging.

“While we chose the MicroMaxx system for its exceptional image quality, its portability and wireless connectivity have improved our ability to diagnose patients who enter our EDs in the middle of the night,” said Jarrett. “These attributes allow us to provide an additional, value-added service to the emergency department.”

“Point-of-care ultrasound exams are now performed in the emergency department, where once overnight patients in the ED had to wait for radiology to re-open for an ultrasound scan,” continued Mr. Jarrett. “Typically a sonographer performing a remote study would archive the images from multiple exams for a single download to the PACS upon return to the department. But the MicroMaxx’s wireless PACS connection allows a remote radiologist to read the images as they are taken and provide immediate feedback to the emergency physician.”

“This creative use of hand-carried ultrasound underscores the convergence of exceptional image quality, extreme portability, and advanced wireless connectivity available in the MicroMaxx system,” said Thomas Dugan, SonoSite’s Senior Vice President for Marketing and U.S. Sales.

“With its light weight, fast boot-up time and long battery life,” Mr. Dugan continued, “the MicroMaxx system is easy to move from patient to patient across three separate emergency departments, one of which is 10 minutes away from the others, by car.”

About the MicroMaxx System
Weighing less than 8 pounds, the portable MicroMaxx system is improving patient assessment at the point of care in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, vascular access, critical care and even in the physician’s office. A five-year warranty on the system and most of its transducers is a standard feature which dramatically lowers the cost of owning a system in an industry that typically charges 10% to 15% of a product’s purchase price in annual service contracts.

About SonoSite
SonoSite, Inc. (, a in hand-carried ultrasound, is headquartered near Seattle and is represented by eight subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 75 countries. SonoSite’s small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.