EUROPEAN MAGAZINE HEALTH MANAGEMENT – Article about MELODY in Canada
Robotic Ultrasound Imaging: Improving Access to Care for Rural and Remote Populations (Canada)
This article has been published into the European Health Management magazine. It describes the work of Dr. Ivar MENDEZ in Canada about the uses of the robotic remote ultrasound MELODY solution.
« Approximately 20% of the Canadian population live in rural and remote communities with limited access to imaging due to lack of radiologists, technologists and infrastructure in these communities. Sonography is unique in that it is an operator- and user-dependent imaging modality and the skill and experience of the operator is paramount to accurate diagnosis.
Telerobotic sonography opens up the possibility of establishing remote ultrasound clinics within smaller communities, enabling patients to access sonography in their home community and improving access to care. Telerobotic sonography may facilitate routine imaging studies or after-hours sonography for emergent cases, possibly avoiding transport to a larger centre for imaging or calling in a sonographer for a single study. ».