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GE Healthcare Introduces the Next Gen Pocket-Sized Ultrasound

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:18pm
The Associated Press

GE Healthcare introduces the Vscan with Dual Probe with the first of its kind 2-in-1 probe to give healthcare providers more uses for pocket ultrasound. This powerful pocket-sized ultrasound tool houses two transducers in a single probe, allowing clinicians to see both shallow and deep views of the body without changing probes.

This latest innovation enables efficient triage and fast workflow, which may lead to time and cost savings in many point of care settings.

“We’re excited to unveil Vscan with Dual Probe—a first-in-market dual probe ultrasound device,” said Ajay Parkhe, GM of Primary Care Ultrasound for GE Healthcare. “It builds on our experience in the global pocket ultrasound market to solve our customers’ biggest clinical and economic challenges. With this latest edition to the Vscan family, our pocket-sized ultrasound technology provides both deep and shallow scans to help healthcare providers make confident decisions quickly, impacting both cost and time. Just like the current Vscan, this new device is ultra-portable very easy to use, has excellent image quality and allows the clinician to take a quick look, non-invasively, inside the patient. In addition, the Dual Probe version combines the sector probe with a linear probe in one device to conduct most of the standard ultrasound scans within minutes.”

Vscan with Dual Probe adds clinical value in a wide variety of resource-constrained environments with a pocket-sized device that covers many point of care ultrasound procedures as identified by the American College of Emergency Physicians. For emergency care, this includes inserting central or peripheral lines (IV line inserted into a large vein) or completing focused heart and lung assessment exams.

For hospital environments this includes bedside cardiac evaluations on rounds and efficient assessment at admission and discharge. Additionally, for obstetric areas, this includes visualization of fetal heartbeats, and quick assessment of fetal position or maternal status. Vscan with Dual Probe puts ultrasound capabilities in clinicians’ pockets to give them convenient access—when and where they need it most.

Further, as ultrasound becomes a standard part of medical education, many physicians may be using it at the point of care, and will appreciate the high image quality and portability that the Vscan family of products provides.

This launch furthers GE Healthcare’s longstanding efforts to provide access to innovative ultrasound solutions for patient care, and assist healthcare systems in driving efficiencies with relevant diagnostic tools in the fields of cardiology, primary care, women’s health and emergency medicine.

“The past 5 years have demonstrated that miniaturized, portable ultrasound technology like Vscan can have a tremendous impact on the practice of healthcare in developing and developed nations,” said Anders Wold, President and CEO of GE Ultrasound. “We hope with our new Vscan with Dual Probe we have made the use of ultrasound at the point of care, simple and fast all the while helping healthcare providers improve access to impactful medical technology.”

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