DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments
advertisement

 

advertisement

 

More Voices

Absolute Medical Imaging: A new name in imaging but no shortage of experience We spoke to Jordan Brinker, Will Hengemuhle and John Vartanian to learn more about a new company in mobile imaging, service and equipment

Remembering Dr. Nancy Cappello A patient advocate and champion of breast density awareness has passed away, but not without leaving her mark on the world

Clinical wearables – remaining competitive in an evolving market Insights from Ravi Kuppuraj, Business Leader of Connected Sensing Venture for Philips

Army troops at the border in Texas on Veteran's Day The Jacobus Report

Coon Memorial brings MR in-house with Canon Medical's Vantage Titan 1.5 T scanner Thomas Berryman, lead MR tech at Coon Memorial Hospital discusses the benefits that have come with trading out their mobile trailer for a fixed unit

Q&A with Patrick Flaherty, vice president of operations for BioTronics at UPMC HTM insights on the ways equipment maintenance and purchasing are changing and how that impacts the biomedical team’s role

Q&A with RSNA president Dr. Vijay Rao Discussing the state of radiology today and what to expect at this year's RSNA meeting

Visiting Kansas City for HTMA Mid West The Jacobus Report

GE's handheld ultrasound
device is the size and
shape of a flip-up
cell phone

GE Launches Handheld Ultrasound Tool

by Brendon Nafziger , DOTmed News Associate Editor
Touted as the "stethoscope for the 21st century," GE's smartphone-sized ultrasound scanner is now commercially available worldwide, GE announced this week.

Dubbed the Vscan, the handheld device, which resembles a flip-up cell phone, can be purchased by physicians in the United States, Europe, Canada and India. GE hopes the tool will become part of routine care, as physicians slip it in their pocket on the way to see patients.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Servicing GE Nuclear Medicine equipment with OEM trained engineers

We offer full service contracts, PM contracts, rapid response, time and material,camera relocation. Nuclear medicine equipment service provider since 1975. Click or call now for more information 800 96 NUMED



Currently, it's marketed as offering only rough-and-ready imaging insight for primary care doctors doing physical examinations. GE expects it to help in investigations of, for instance, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal complaints, where the doctor can get a quick internal glance before determining whether to order further tests.

But for now it's not designed to replace conventional ultrasound scans.

"We're careful to label it as a visualization tool," John Wheeler, a spokesman for GE, tells DOTmed News. "It's really meant chiefly for primary care usage, for that first examination, to get a little more depth and accuracy."

Vscan, which weighs less than one pound and measures a slim 3 inches wide and 5.3 inches long, received 510 (k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration last October, and under the terms of the clearance it's not designated for emergency room use, and it must be used indoors. Although available for all doctors' offices, Wheeler says the somewhat hefty price tag - it sells for $7,900 in the U.S. - means its primary appeal will be for bigger health centers.

"We think the price point at this point limits the market a little bit to clinical or hospital settings," Wheeler says.

Because the device is marketed primarily at primary care physicians, not radiologists, some training could be needed to get the hang of it, but Wheeler says the user-friendly gadget is easy to pick up. GE also provides online training so doctors are "well-schooled in how it works and how best to use it," Wheeler notes.

As with current laptops or PDAs, the ultrasound scanner is a fully miniaturized version of its full-size cousins. According to GE, it has the resolution, power and memory of an ultrasound model from five years ago.

So far, doctors seem to like it, Wheeler says. He mentions that after the press release went up on Monday clinics immediately began contacting him to speak with sales teams.

"It has got some great 'gee-whiz' to it," he says.

Related:


Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2018 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED