I came across this news video about pocket ultrasounds (see screen grab from video above), alleging that they are “revolutionizing” emergency medicine.
The units are small, but, at a weight of almost 2 pounds, they appear to be too bulky for carrying around in a pocket. Definitely small enough to grow some legs if they’re left in a room somewhere, though.
According to this article, the images they produce aren’t as good as those from traditional portable ultrasounds, and with the small screens, I wonder how well they would be at picking up small abnormalities on scans.
Aside from saving the trip out of the room to wheel in the portable ultrasound machine, I’m not sure what the advantage in having them is.
Oh, and they cost $4000 each.
The video shows the Siemens Signos. Siemens is currently marketing the Acuson P10, but I found a link about the same model on Medgadget from 2007. And I haven’t heard much about pocket ultrasounds in the past 3 years.
So are “pocket” ultrasounds like those early “brick” cell phones – a step toward ubiquity for medical personnel? Or are they a fad that will pass as the notebook models penetrate the market further?