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ZONARE Provides z.one Ultrasound System for Medical Missions to Guatemala
Date:2/10/2011

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., a developer of high-end ultrasound solutions, loaned a z.one Ultrasound System to Woodlands Church of Plover, WI, for use on medical missions to Sumpango, Guatemala.  Over the past year, ZONARE has provided six systems to Woodlands Church and other organizations for international relief efforts and medical missions.

Woodlands Church performs annual global relief efforts and medical missions throughout the world.  Recently, more than 30 doctors, nurses, EMTs and medical students traveled to Sumpango to offer medical examinations and diagnostic imaging services, which were supported by the z.one Ultrasound System.  Over the course of the trip, Nicholas Wyskoarko, M.D., a cardiologist at Marshfield Clinic of Weston, WI, and the team saw more than 900 patients and provided general medical, gynecological, cardiac and pediatric care.

"Sumpango is a pretty remote mountain town of Mayan farmers with very limited access to healthcare. The ZONARE System was incredibly helpful - the combination of great image quality and versatility enabled us to identify several significant medical conditions that could have had tremendous impact on the patients' lives.  While some of these conditions may be relatively easy to find in the U.S., they may not have been found until too late in Guatemala.  As a result of this impact, the Woodlands Church is looking into acquiring a system for future medical missions," said Dr. Wyskoarko.

In addition to general clinic services, Dr. Wyskoarko worked with a local physician to evaluate patients with cardiac concerns, including:

  • A 9-year-old boy presented with a heart murmur and chest pains. Using the z.one Ultrasound System, Dr. Wyskoarko visualized turbulence around the pulmonary valve and was able to diagnose a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a congenital defect that results in abnormal blood flow between the major heart vessels. The PDA, which had not been diagnosed yet, clearly needed surgery.  Woodlands Church has committed to help the boy travel to Guatemala City for treatment.
  • A 32-year-old man on peritoneal dialysis presented with leg problems and needed evaluation. The z.one Ultrasound System identified moderate pericardial effusion, or the accumulation of fluid around the heart. As a result of identifying this significant problem, it has been recommended that the patient's treatment change from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis.
  • Another patient on an antiarrhythmic drug and a history of heart attacks, presented complaining of shortness of breath. The echo with the z.one Ultrasound System showed normal LV (left ventricle) function. As a result, concern shifted from congestive heart failure to side-effects or reactions to the antiarrhythmic medication.  The team recommended additional testing.

"We want to commend the humanitarian efforts of Dr. Wyskoarko and all of the medical professionals that volunteer their time and expertise for multiple medical missions every year," said Jay D. Miller, president and CEO, ZONARE Medical Systems. "We are proud of how well the ZONARE z.one Ultrasound System performed, providing high quality images to make confident diagnoses in an environment where records, medical knowledge and previous exams are  sometimes limited."  

About the z.one Ultrasound Platform

ZONARE's z.one Ultrasound System delivers high-end image quality powered by its proprietary Zone Sonography™ Technology (ZST). The system's innovative, software-based design and architecture allows continuous performance enhancements and upgrades via software and delivers the highest level of system uptime and customer productivity.  The z.one Ultrasound platform delivers premium performance and provides mobility and workflow advantages across a wide range of clinical settings.

About ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc.

ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., is committed to ultrasound excellence through its innovative, software-based, next generation technology, and putting customers and employees first. The patented design and architecture of the z.one Ultrasound platform deliver high-end image quality and clinical versatility at unparalleled value.  ZONARE's exclusive ultrasound focus has resulted in achieving a user loyalty rating of 100 percent in the KLAS Top 20: 2009 Year-End Report.  All ZONARE customers interviewed for this ultrasound market report indicated that they would purchase a z.one Ultrasound System again. For more information, visit: www.zonare.com.

ZONARE, z.one, and Zone Sonography is a trademark of ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc.


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