Shaare Zedek Medical Center recently installed 20 state-of-the-art ultrasound devices throughout the Hospital. They were acquired, in part, thanks to the generous support of USAID/ASHA (United States Agency for International Development/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad).

These ultrasound units all offer high resolution and operational convenience for the medical staff. In addition, they allow physicians to perform many tests that weren’t possible with the older devices.

Prof. Irith Hadas Halpern, head of the Imaging Wing, commented that “imaging is an unparalleled diagnostic tool. In a hospital such as Shaare Zedek that treats so many patients, the imaging devices never rest, especially the ultrasounds, since they are also used in invasive procedures. This is why it is so important to incorporate the best devices in the routine work of our physicians.”

The new ultrasounds were installed in the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER), Pediatric Departments including the Pediatric ER and NICU, Women’s Clinics, Cardio Institute, and, of course, the Ultrasound Institute. They offer our patients advanced cardiac echo tests, elastography tests (these are used to evaluate the elasticity of tissue, to help diagnose malignant and benign processes) and tests which require contrast and scans during laparoscopic procedures. “A special transducer supplies an exceptionally high quality image during the procedure, which allows for maximum accuracy,” explained Prof. Hadas Halpern.

Each Department received devices with unique functions relevant to the diagnoses performed there and their strategic placements throughout the hospital cancels the need to bring the device to the patient, a process that both damages the equipment and prolongs the diagnosis and treatment.

“To provide the best care we require the best equipment. This is why we never rest and are always on the lookout for newer, better units. I hope these new ultrasounds will further facilitate that which we do best – provide our patients with the best treatment and care,” said Prof. Hadas Halpern.