A Teesside-based Multiple Sclerosis (MS) support group has donated a bladder scanner to the neuroscience service at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to assist patients with the condition.
The scanner, worth over £7,300, is a portable, hand-held ultrasound device, which can perform a quick, easy and non-invasive scan of the bladder. The scanner has an ultrasound probe and transducer to reflect sound waves from the patient’s bladder to the scanner. Data is then transmitted to a computer in the handheld unit to automatically calculate the bladder volume.
Bladder scanning is painless for the patient and eliminates the risks associated with unnecessary catheterisation. The entire scan takes only a couple of minutes to complete, does not require operation by a sonographer, and may prevent unnecessary invasive procedures.
Keith Craven, chairman of the MS Society on Teesside, said: “We’ve had fantastic support from a wide range of people who have given up their time, talent and energy in raising this amount.
“We’ve had people doing bucket collections in supermarkets and on the streets. We’ve had sponsored runners in the Great North Run, Tees Pride and York Marathon and we’ve had people walking Hadrian’s Wall and even sky diving to boost the funds.
“As chairman, I’d like to thank them all for invaluable contribution and we are the main charity supporting the Riverside 5k later this year, so hope some Boro fans can help us further.”
Karen Little, multiple sclerosis specialist nurse, said: “The MS team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who have contributed to the fund raising for this vital piece of equipment.
“It is estimated that around 75% of people with MS at some time may have a problem with their bladder function. Having instant access to a bladder scanner in clinic will allow us to perform this simple, non-invasive and painless procedure which will give us valuable, timely information. This will aid in the initial diagnosis, possible treatment options and need for onward referral to other services for our MS patients.”