by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | March 17, 2021
Vscan Air, a pocket-sized wireless ultrasound from GE Healthcare, is now available in the U.S. and Europe.
The system provides whole-body scanning capabilities, and will be priced at under $5,000, according to CNBC
. It can perform both shallow and deep exams with a flip of the two-sided probe design (high frequency linear and convex transducer probe), without switching probes.
“Now, more than ever, clinicians need smaller and smarter tools that increase access and efficiency both in and outside of the four walls of the hospital,” said Anders Wold, president and CEO of global ultrasound at GE Healthcare, in a statement. “The Vscan Air exemplifies customer-driven innovation that enables more personalized care for patients worldwide."
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GE Healthcare introduced the first color, pocket-sized ultrasound, Vscan, in 2010. CNBC reports that GE Healthcare estimates that the market for handheld ultrasounds will grow as big as $1 billion in the next decade, and the company wants to capture 30% of that by 2025 with the Vscan Air.
As clinicians treat more critically ill patients with limited resources, handheld ultrasound has emerged as a valuable tool, allowing clinicians to quickly collect images and triage patients while also providing the benefits of portability, cleanability, and workflow efficiency. Vscan Air has been verified for limited use outside of professional healthcare facilities.
“With this powerful tool in my pocket I can perform a complete examination on my patients and make decisions quickly, right at the bedside,” said Dr. Yale Tung-Chen, chief of the division of ultrasound in internal medicine at Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Majadahonda in Madrid, Spain and currently working in the Spanish COVID-19 specialized Isabel Zendal Emergency Hospital. “The images you can get of the heart on this handheld device are similar to what you’d get from a full-sized, high-end ultrasound.”