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February 19, 2009

St. Nicholas Hospital Installs Revolutionary Ultrasound Technology

Sheboygan, Wis. --St. Nicholas Hospital announced today that it has acquired three new high tech ultrasound systems, the LOGIQ E9, from GE Healthcare.

The LOGIQ E9 contains many new features. One of them is the "Scan Assistant." This advanced software package is to ultrasound as what speed dial is to a telephone.

On the LOGIQ E9, instead of pressing several buttons on the keyboard, an ultrasound technician can simply press one button and the system responds in pre-programmed ways.

Studies have shown significant reductions in exam times with this innovation. St. Nicholas Hospital intends to use this efficiency to provide enough capacity to focus more on personalized patient care.

"This is an important quality improvement as well," said Tom Zelenak, Director, Diagnostic Imaging Services. "The scan assistant will allow us to standardize examinations, ensuring that we provide the highest standard of care to every patient for every exam."

The LOGIQ E9 provides a new level of ultrasound quality using a new technology called "Agile Ultrasound". The traditional ultrasound image is made using sound waves that travel through the body. Agile ultrasound uses the same basic technique, but now accounts for differences in body and tissue type and adjusts the sound processing in response. The result in image quality is noticeably better on almost every patient, which improves our diagnostic capabilities.

3-D imaging, now a standard of care in prenatal care, is extended to real-time 3-D ultrasound and has many new applications beyond ultrasound of the baby. The LOGIQ E9 provides not only real-time 3-dimensional imaging but allows St. Nicholas Hospital physicians to examine organs throughout the body from almost any angle.

"We used to be limited to looking at images that came from a transducer at the top of the patient's stomach," says Gregg M. Gaylord, MD. "Now we can use the LOGIQ E9 to virtually rescan the patient's information and look at the image as though the transducer were placed inside the patient's body. This is a perspective that we did not have until now."

In 2008, St. Nicholas Hospital's Ultrasound program was reaccredited for three years by the American College of Radiology. The LOGIQ E9 system is yet another extension of St. Nicholas Hospital's award-winning quality service.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

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