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Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Facilitates Bedside Exams

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 10 Dec 2020
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Image: The Clarius PA HD ultrasound scanner aids rapid point of care exams (Photo courtesy of Clarius)
Image: The Clarius PA HD ultrasound scanner aids rapid point of care exams (Photo courtesy of Clarius)
A wireless ultrasound scanner delivers high-definition (HD) cardiac and lung images to help triage and monitor COVID-19 patients.

The Clarius Mobile Health (Burnaby, BC, Canada) phased array (PA) HD ultrasound scanner operates at a frequency of 1-5 MHz, and a maximal depth of 40 cm. High resolution cardiac ultrasound imaging and fast frame rates comparable to traditional hospital ultrasound systems are available, thanks to advanced octal beamforming processing technology. Available modes include B-Mode, M-Mode, and Color Doppler. Powered by a replaceable and rechargeable battery, the device also includes a liquid cooling system that prevents overheating, allowing continuous scanning for up to 45 minutes.

The Clarius PA HD is suitable for focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) exams, as well as superficial and transcranial imaging. Secure point-to-point wireless networking is employed to connect it to an app on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Pricing includes unlimited Clarius cloud storage, image management for unlimited users, and forever-free software updates. Clarius Cloud also includes a built-in, customizable PDF tool to print, archive and share professional reports. An option to connect to any DICOM-compliant server is also available.

“Since the start of the pandemic, more physicians than ever are using handheld scanners for cardiac and lung exams, because they are simple to carry from one isolated room to another. Our wireless scanners have the added advantage that they are easy to disinfect,” said Laurent Pelissier, CEO of Clarius. “Our goal is to equip cardiac specialists with a handheld system that will serve them well during the pandemic and beyond by providing outstanding image quality in a compact form without wires.”

“I have been exceedingly impressed with the Clarius Phased Array Scanner and had the opportunity to trial the most recent software update. The image quality has always been truly outstanding, and now the platform is more intuitive and responsive,” said Zachary Laksman, MD, MSc, of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). “From trainee and patient education, to acute and chronic care settings, including perioperative patient management, the Clarius scanner has exceeded expectations and provided new opportunities to improve care under the most difficult circumstances.”

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