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    GE's Vscan puts ultrasound tech in docs' pocket

    GE Healthcare on Monday announced the commercial release of a new, smartphone-size imaging tool that lets physicians carry ultrasound technology in their pockets.

    The group says its Vscan imaging device is now commercially available after receiving clearance by the FDA in the U.S. and getting the CE Mark from the European Union and the Medical Device License from Health Canada.

    Specifically, Vscan is cleared as 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.

    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....Vscan is more than a simple diagnostic tool. The handheld device should help physicians make treatment decisions more quickly.

    Because physicians can now peer inside the body without setting up ultrasound appointments at later dates, clinicians may indeed be able to diagnose and treat patients faster. Vscan, which weighs 390 g , boasts image quality that was until recently only available via console ultrasounds.

    The device also comes with a battery charger station and battery life of one hour of scanning (or up to 30 patients if each averages a two-minute scan); a USB docking station for easy image uploading; voice annotation; and an online portal with training tools and trouble shooting.

    See organs to streamline care.
    Vscan's advanced technology lets you visualize organs with ease, for high-quality imaging in abdominal, urinary bladder, cardiac, obstetric and pediatric exams. By helping to speed diagnoses, Vscan can reduce patient wait times and improve your workflow, for faster, more efficient patient care with fewer referrals.

    Simple one-hand control.
    Held in one hand, Vscan features an intuitive user interface that's easily controlled with just your thumb. Two standard imaging modes - black and white for anatomy and color-coded blood flow - are enhanced by a wide variety of convenient applications.

    Dimensions and Weight

    • Display unit: 135 x 73 x 28 mm
    • Probe: 120 x 33 x 26 mm
    • Weight (unit and probe): 390 g
    • Display: 3.5 inch, 240 x 320 pixels resolution


    • Black and white mode for displaying anatomy in real-time
    • Color-coded overlay for real-time blood flow imaging
    • Field-of-view for black and white imaging: up to 75 degrees with maximum depth of 25 cm
    • The color flow sector represents blood flow within an angle of 30 degrees
    • Broad-bandwidth phased array probe: from 1.7 to 3.8 MHz
    • Total scan time of one hour with fully charged battery

    User Interface

    • The navigation wheel provides an intuitive user interface with minimal manual controls
    • AutoOptimize adjusts gain for all depths automatically
    • AutoCycle automatically detects full heart cycle for easy and fast review or storage
    • Presets simplify optimized settings for imaging different organs
    • Voice recordings can be stored as part of each examination - loudspeaker allows replay from device

    Clinical Applications

    • Cardiac
    • Abdomen
    • Urinary bladder
    • Obstetrics and gynecology
    • Pediatric
    • Selected peripheral vascular applications
    • Thoracic/pleural fluid and motion detection

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