Patients in the northern part of the province will soon have better access to ultrasounds thanks to a new machine called MELODY.
MELODY is a tele-robotic ultrasound imaging system that allows the doctor to remotely control an ultrasound probe while using similar technology to the Doctor-in-a-Box to speak with the patient about their ultrasound and what the doctor is seeing.
Dr. Veronica McKinney, the Director of Northern Medical Services with the Health Region, said right now wait times for ultrasounds in major centre’s are some of the longest in the country, but this machine will help change that.
Currently, Saskatchewan is the only place in North America with one of these machines.
MELODY was made possible by a $300,000 donation to Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital’s GREATE.R. Campaign by the Leslie and Irene Dube Founation.