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Right Arrow Trust Launches Heart Scanner Appeal
29 July 2010 at 10:50

It’s not only Hollywood that’s going 3D!

Doctors at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals soon hope to be able to examine patients’ hearts in three dimensions too – and unlike movie-goers they won’t need to wear those special glasses.

The state-of-the-art heart scanner is one of two hi-tech echocardiogram machines worth £160,000 that the hospitals hope to buy, with the support of the Rotary Club of Southport’s Annual “Walk4Charity” on September the Fifth, and the British Heart Foundation.

Echocardiograms, or heart scans, use ultrasound to show an image of the heart in a similar way to how pictures of babies in the womb are produced.

The technique can show how well the heart is pumping, measure blood flow and detect abnormalities, such as signs of impending heart attack, leaky valves and congenital heart disease.

A 3D heart scanner produces high-definition images of the heart and would be used for patients referred to the cardiology department at Southport.

The outstanding quality of the images would mean patients being examined in more detail than is currently possible and would also save patients from the discomfort of an alternative procedure that is both intrusive and uncomfortable.

A second machine, a portable heart scanner, would be shared with the high dependency and intensive care units, as well as the accident and emergency department, which currently have no direct access to one.

Being portable, it would help doctors diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions more quickly.

The British Heart Foundation is prepared to make a substantial donation towards to cost of these scanners but the Trust needs public support to raise the remainder.

By taking part in the Southport Rotary Club’s “Walk4Charity” event on Sunday 5th September, local people are asked to join hospital staff in helping raise the rest of this money.

The walk is a pleasant 10km (6.2 mile) stroll around some of Southport’s more tranquil areas and is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, children and dogs – as well as being lots of fun.

Readers can find out how to take part, by visiting http://www.southportrotary.info/walkreg.html

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For more information, please contact Sandra Miller, Cardio Respiratory Manager, at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. Tel 01704 705179 / 704041
Email - mailto:Sandra.Miller@ southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Or David Brayshaw Email - David Brayshaw@gmx.co.uk. Tel: 01704 560 200