Portable Ultrasound as the Stethoscope of the Future: Is It the Snapchat of Formal Echocardiography?
Finally, I wanted to describe is something that I’ve become reliant upon, and that’s this high-resolution ultrasound device known as the Vscan. I use this in every patient to listen to their heart. In fact, I haven’t used a stethoscope for over 2 years to listen to a patient’s heart. What’s really striking about this is that it’s a real stethoscope. “Scope” means look into. “Steth” is the chest. And so now I carry this in my pocket, and it’s just great. I still need a stethoscope for the lungs, but for the heart this is terrific. You just pop it open, put a little gel on the tip of the probe, and get a quick, complete readout with the patient looking on as well. I’m sharing their image on the Vscan while I’m acquiring it and it only takes about a minute. We validated its usefulness in an Annals of Internal Medicine paper, in July 2011, describing how it compares favorably to the in-hospital ultrasound echo lab-type image. This could be another very useful device in emergency departments, where the wireless loops could be sent to a cardiologist. Another application it could be used for is detecting an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Paramedics who are out in the field, or at a trauma case, could use this to wirelessly send these video loops to get input from a radiologist or expertise from any physician for interpretation. (Topol)
As a clinician, everything about this innovation excites me. Yes, the technology is nifty, the cost-effectiveness useful, but the best part is this: if we try to make portable ultrasound do too much, it fails.(John Mandrola)
John M. Mandrola, MD
Clinical Electrophysiologist, Baptist Medical Associates, Louisville, Kentucky
if we try to make portable ultrasound do too much, it fails.
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