Sudbury Regional Hospital emergency physician Dr. Steve Socransky and Dr. Ray Wiss demonstrate use of emergency ultrasound machine.
Wiss and his colleague, Dr. Steve Socransky
, spearheaded the introduction of the portable ultrasound machines into emergency departments across Canada and gave Sudbury a reputation as a centre of expertise for the technology.
was exposed to emergency ultrasound, also called EDEs (short for emergency department echo) during his
residency in the United States prior to arriving in Sudbury in 1997.
"Then, as I started to work here, I realized that there was a tremendous need for it because of the limited availability of ultrasound in our hospital."
lobbied to acquire the technology for Sudbury Regional's
emergency department, but ran into stiff resistance from radiologists.
Wiss serves as the director or the introductory EDE course, and Socransky is the director of a more advanced, two-day course introduced in 2009, all of which are taught by Sudbury emergency physicians in hospitals and at medical conferences across Canada.
and Wiss were flattered when a graduate of the one-year fellowship program was recently recruited by St. Paul's Hospital
in Vancouver and encouraged to make "Vancouver the Sudbury of Western Canada."
"These are people who literally would have died 10 years ago and now they're surviving," said Socransky
Emergency physicians are expanding the use of ultrasound and taking it to a whole new level, said Socransky
As the technology gets smaller and prices go down, said Socransky
, emergency ultrasound will proliferate through the health-care system and will be used by intensivists, anesthetists, surgeons, obstetricians and even paramedics.
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