New Ultrasound Machine - thank Donation
Spendeninitiative "Ein Herz für Kinder"
The Acquisition of most modern technology for examination of children with polytrauma was donated by "Ein Herz für Kinder" ("A Heart for Children")
The new ultrasound machine is especially being used for children with polytrauma, injuries of different body parts and organ systems. The technology has expanded the diagnosis spectrum of the Insitute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Frankfurt, under the directorship of Professor Dr. Thomas J. Vogl. The machine is in operation since March 2007. This machine in worth from 63.331 Euro was donated by Dr. Dr. h.c. Manuela Schmid, Chairperson of "Verein Bild hilft e.V. "Ein Herz für Kinder".
Polytrauma and multiple injuries are especially dangerous in case of children, not only immediately after an accident but also later in life. The injury pattern and type of reaction of organs in children are different from that of an adult. "The primary therapy depends on definite identification of dynamic and extent of injury because this forms the basis of trauma management in children" so explains Professor Vogl the function of ultrasound.
After clinical diagnosis through a thorough physical examination of the patient, sonography of thorax and abdomen is carried out. This allows one to see if there is free fluid or injury to the parenchymatous organs or if there is pericardial effusion. Due to physiological a deeper location of diaphragm in children, the organs of upper abdomen are more exposed and unprotected under the lower thoracic cage. Hence, there is increased chances of injury or rupture of spleen, liver, the kidney, bladder and the intestine. In children there is the danger of internal bleeding which is not usually appreciated externally and which could lead to haemodynamic shock.
An ultrasound examination right from the beginning of the diagnostic process and repeated follow-up in short intervals is therefore very important. This is also true for small and large intestine and likewise pancreas injuries. One important advantage of ultrasound diagnosis lies in the fact that it is radiation free method and can be repeated as often as required.