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New Compact Portable Battery-Operated Ultrasound System Announced

By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 19 Sep 2016
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Image: The new compact portable battery-operated ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).
Image: The new compact portable battery-operated ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).
A large healthcare equipment manufacturer has released a new high-performance, battery-powered diagnostic ultrasound system.

The commercial launch of the system was announced at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, in Rome Italy. The new generation portable compact cardiovascular ultrasound system weighs 4.5 kg and boasts improved image quality, and additional functionality than previous systems.

The new ultrasound system, named Vivid iq, was announced by GE Healthcare (Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, UK) and is intended for cardiac care in Cath laboratories, operating and emergency rooms, or for use in remote locations that are difficult to access.

According to GE Healthcare, this is their most advanced portable cardiovascular ultrasound. The system was developed in cooperation with cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, and international healthcare providers.

The Vivid iq is 10% lighter and thinner the Vivid q, and has a new transportable cart, and a battery life of up to one hour. The system has a cleanable design and has a rugged build for use in difficult conditions. Other new features include a touch screen, and 4D Trans-Esophageal Echocardiography (TEE).

Dr. Ferran Rosés Noguer, Pediatric Cardiology Department, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona, Spain), said, “Vivid iq is a huge step forward in terms of image quality and innovative design. It is extremely user friendly, truly portable, with a fantastic interface and a great design that is really futuristic and elegant at the same time.”

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