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Diagnostic imaging

GE Healthcare introduces pocket-sized ultrasound

MILWAUKEE – GE Healthcare has announced the availability of Vscan, a new, pocket-sized visualization tool developed to provide physicians with imaging capabilities at the point-of-care. Roughly the size of a smart phone, Vscan houses ultrasound technology that provides clinicians with an immediate, non-invasive method to help secure visual information about what is happening inside the body.

Vscan is portable and can easily be taken from room to room to be used in many clinical, hospital or primary care settings.

The Vscan imaging device received 510(k) clearance in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the CE Mark by the European Union, as well as the Medical Device License from Health Canada and is now commercially available in the U.S., Europe, India and Canada.

“Having Vscan at my disposal at all times has allowed me to use ultrasound in a number of settings and with patients that I wouldn’t have anticipated before – from the ICU, to the outpatient clinic as well as with ambulatory patients,” said Anthony N. DeMaria, MD, Director of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

“Vscan is more than a simple diagnostic tool,” said Dr. DeMaria. “The handheld device should help physicians make treatment decisions more quickly. I believe the Vscan technology will play an important role in physical exams.”

The ability to take a quick look inside the body using Vscan may help clinicians detect disease earlier. This may prove invaluable in today’s busy practice environment including primary care physicians and those specializing in cardiology, critical and emergency care and women’s health, as well as hospitalists.

“During our initial evaluation of approximately 100 patients using Vscan, we have been impressed with its image quality and ease of use,” said Jose L. Zamorano, MD, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the University Clinic San Carlos in Madrid, Spain. “But even more important than that, we have experienced at first hand the value of adding such a tool to our clinical and physical examination, adding clinically relevant information in roughly one out of every four patients.”

Vscan offers the image quality that until recently was only available with a console ultrasound. Vscan leverages GE’s high-quality black and white image technology and color-coded blood flow imaging in a device that fits into a pocket and weighs less than one pound at 3 inches wide and 5.3 inches long.

Other features include:

• An online portal provides Vscan users with training tools for the product and basic clinical applications with sections about imaging technique, anatomy and trouble shooting

• Intuitive user interface that can be controlled using the thumb

• Intelligent workflow enhancements

• Battery charger station and battery life of one hour scanning – good for up to 30 patients based on average of 2 minutes per scan

• Voice annotation

• USB docking station

• Link to a PC for organization and export of data

• Gateway software with services tools and remote diagnostics

The Vscan is a prescription device for ultrasound imaging, measurement and analysis in the clinical applications of abdominal; cardiac (adult and pediatric); urological, fetal/OB; pediatric; and thoracic/pleural motion and fluid detection, as well as for patient examination in primary care and in special care areas.

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company.

Posted February 25, 2010

 

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