Medical equipment for gynecology and ultrasound
Gynecology and ultrasound
Gynecology is a branch of medicine that studies the female sexual organs and hormones. Gynecologists diagnose and treat diseases of the female reproductive system. For example, they detect gynecological cancers and ovaries, uterus, or vagina pathologies. They also treat disorders associated with menstruation and menopause. Obstetrician-gynecologists specialize in the study of pregnancy. They monitor pregnant women, ensuring the health of the fetus and the mother throughout the pregnancy. As part of their practice, these health professionals are called upon to perform various gynecological examinations: pelvic examination, breast palpation, amniocentesis, ultrasound, etc.
These examinations are performed in hospitals, medical clinics, gynecology clinics, and obstetrics clinics, using specialized medical equipment for gynecology and ultrasound.
Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses ultrasound to visualize the inside of the body. It is a painless and non-invasive examination. Ultrasound can be performed on several parts or regions of the body: the heart, kidneys, blood vessels, prostate, abdomen, etc. Ultrasound examinations often conducted in gynecology include pelvic ultrasound, endovaginal ultrasound, obstetrical ultrasound, and breast ultrasound. Ultrasound examinations are performed by medical imaging technologists using specialized medical equipment for gynecology and ultrasound. To prevent the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, these healthcare professionals must have access to adjustable and ergonomic medical equipment.
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Medical equipment in the gynecology and ultrasound rooms
One of the main pieces of medical equipment used for gynecology and ultrasound is the treatment table, also called the “examination table” or “stretcher. For some examinations, the patient must be placed in the gynecological position: she lies on her back, with her hips and knees bent and her buttocks at the edge of the treatment table. Gynecological examination tables are therefore equipped with stirrups. These help the patient maintain the correct position without fatigue throughout the examination. To ensure patient comfort, soft and comfortable stirrups that are not too cold to the touch should be chosen. Some gynecology-specific treatment tables also have a removable cushion that makes it easier to reach the patient during an endovaginal ultrasound. In addition, treatment tables are usually adjustable in height, using electric or manual mechanisms, to facilitate patient transfer and set-up.
The healthcare professional is often seated in a chair or on a medical stool during a gynecological or ultrasound examination. This equipment is usually equipped with wheels and is space-saving, allowing the technologist to move easily around the examination table. Gynecologists also perform some examinations in a standing position. Regardless of the healthcare professional’s position during the examination, choosing gynecology and ultrasound medical equipment that is easily adjustable is wise. This reduces the physical effort required to set up the patient and helps the healthcare professional adopt an ergonomic posture during the various stages of the medical examination. Ergonomics is an important consideration when choosing gynecology and ultrasound medical equipment, as the repetitive movements performed by technologists can lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
The importance of using ergonomic medical equipment in gynecology and ultrasound
During ultrasound examinations, medical imaging technologists perform repeated movements, such as arm extension and abduction, and trunk rotation. They may be required to adopt awkward and uncomfortable postures. For these reasons, these healthcare professionals are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. Conditions often seen by ultrasound technologists include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, lumbar sprain, and other chronic pain.
Therefore, it is essential to properly design the workstation and select appropriate medical equipment to improve ergonomics during an ultrasound examination and decrease the risk of occupational injury. For example, the healthcare professional should favor a height-adjustable chair. Ideally, they should have access to a treatment table that allows them to work close to the patient. The ultrasound machine’s screen should also be adjustable in height to avoid neck stress.
In short, it is essential to use ergonomic medical equipment to prevent musculoskeletal disorders caused by postural stresses observed by gynecologists and medical imaging technologists. The ECHO-FLEX treatment tables are an example of medical equipment adapted for gynecology and ultrasound.
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ECHO-FLEX treatment tables for gynecology and ultrasound
The main treatment tables of the ECHO-FLEX series used for gynecology and ultrasound are the ECHO-FLEX 4400-GY, the ECHO-FLEX 4800-GYC, and the ECHO-FLEX 4800-GY. The ECHO-FLEX 4400-GY treatment table is a three-in-one table that can be used for gynecology, general ultrasound, and as an examination table. It is the simplified version of the other two models. It is an affordable option for medical clinics looking for versatile medical furniture. The ECHO-FLEX 4800-GYC treatment table is used for gynecology, general ultrasound, and cardiology. It is equipped with a retractable opening in the backrest to facilitate cardiac ultrasounds. The ECHO-FLEX 4800-GY treatment table is designed for gynecology and general ultrasound. It offers several features that facilitate the work during gynecological examinations.
All three ECHO-FLEX treatment table models are available with soft, comfortable gynecological stirrups that are less cold than traditional stirrups. The ECHO-FLEX 4800-GYC and ECHO-FLEX 4800-GY models can be equipped with a removable cushion in the leg section to facilitate endovaginal ultrasound. Both models also feature a mattress that allows the healthcare professional to get closer to the patient during examinations, reducing the need to overextend the arm. The ECHO-FLEX treatment tables also come with excellent warranties. The steel structure and welds are guaranteed for life. This is gynecology and ultrasound medical equipment entirely designed and manufactured in Canada. It is, therefore, easy to obtain replacement parts when needed. ECHO-FLEX treatment tables are also used for other medical applications, including radiology, radiotherapy, medical imaging, cardiology, and echocardiography.
Other medical equipment for gynecology and ultrasound
Other ergonomic medical equipment is frequently used for gynecology and ultrasound, including medical chairs and stools. For ultrasound examinations, choosing a chair with reduced dimensions is recommended. In addition, the medical imaging technologist must be able to stand close enough to the patient to perform the ultrasound examination. Other ergonomic features can be considered when choosing a suitable medical chair or stool. For example, a height-adjustable seat is preferable to ensure the comfort of the healthcare professional during all stages of the examination. Another consideration is whether the chair or stool should have a footrest ring. The shape of the seat is another consideration. For example, some stools and chairs have saddle-shaped seats. The main advantage of this is that it promotes a neutral position of the spine, which helps prevent back pain. Examples of ergonomic medical chairs and stools suitable for gynecology and ultrasound include the ergoCentric Model 200 chair, the HS Pony Saddle 200 FR stool, and the IBIOM Saddle stool.