News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 25, 2015

ASE Foundation Uses Mindray Ultrasound System on Humanitarian Mission to Vietnam

Mindray Provides Rugged M7 Cardiac Compact Ultrasound Systems


ASE Foundation, Vietnam, Mindray M7

Rachel Quang demonstrates how to optimize images for 90 trainees

ASE Foundation

ASE posters framed and lining the halls of the echo lab.

Rebecca Hahn, ASE Foundation, Vietnam

Doctors Jose Banchs, Jim Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Hahn and David Adams all presented lectures. The team covered topics ranging from “Basic Echo Knobology” to “Imaging for Structural Heart Disease Interventions.”

Snapshot from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Snapshot from Hanoi, Vietnam.

August 25, 2015 —  The American Society of Echocardiography Foundation’s (ASEF) humanitarian mission in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aug. 17-22, 2015, used Mindray’s M7 cardiac compact ultrasound system for the mission because of its rugged, compact, fully featured echocardiography solution and the ability to pull together global support resources.
The ASE Foundation’s program consisted of multiple events, including hands-on training at the Vietnam National Heart Institute at the Bach Mai Hospital, an educational symposium for clinicians based in local provinces, training of local healthcare providers, and a village screening program more than 200 patients. The event was led by Jose Banchs, M.D., FASE, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and James N. Kirkpatrick, M.D., FASE, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. One of the key goals of the program was to teach local clinicians how to properly acquire cardiovascular images and utilize compact echo solutions in resource poor areas. Mindray provided six M7 portable cardiac ultrasound systems to the Vietnam National Heart Institute to support the training and clinical programs.
Outreach to rural villages is part of the standard practice of major teaching hospitals in Vietnam.  Rheumatic heart disease remains endemic, yet echocardiography, the primary way to detect and characterize early disease and advanced stage disease (leading to mitral valve interventions) is only available at centers in major cities.
“On behalf of everyone involved with the ASE Education and Research Foundation, we thank the Mindray team for their generous offer of support for ASE’s mission to promote excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and to improving the health and quality of life of patients,” said Robin Wiegerink, the CEO of the ASE.  “We are very excited about this partnership and believe it contributed greatly to the success of our efforts in Hanoi. Beyond the support of the week-long mission with equipment and personnel, we thank Mindray for its contribution of a sophisticated compact cardiac ultrasound system to the Bach Mai Hospital which will assist in carrying forward the learning and will greatly help medical care after the ASEF mission ends.”
"The ASE Foundation's mission to Vietnam is of great significance in improving the country's primary healthcare, providing comprehensive training to local caregivers. And the mobility Mindray's hand-carried ultrasound system makes advanced ultrasound technologies more accessible to less developed areas," commented William Song, GM of Mindray Vietnam.  "As Mindray's global influence increases, we are also taking more responsibility in supporting local healthcare improvement wherever we are."
Mindray said it has been dedicated to making advanced ultrasound technologies more accessible.  It cooperates closely with professional associations and local hospitals, providing local medical communities with easy-to-use ultrasound solutions and clinical training. Besides Vietnam, Mindray has also sponsored similar missions in other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, making quality healthcare more accessible to humanity.
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