Image: The Clarius C3 handheld ultrasound scanner (Photo courtesy of Clarius Mobile Health).
A digital healthcare company has unveiled a new line of smartphone-based, point-and-shoot, handheld ultrasound systems for emergency medicine.
The scanners are protected with a magnesium case, and can be submersed in water for disinfection and cleaning. The scanners have a user-replaceable rechargeable battery.
The Clarius C3 and Clarius C7 scanners were developed by Clarius Mobile Health (Burnaby, BC, Canada). The Clarius C3 is a multipurpose ultrasound scanner and is designed for ultrasound imaging of the lungs, heart, and abdomen and features a virtual phased array to enable clinicians to perform quick scans of the heart. The Clarius L7 model is designed for imaging superficial structures in the body, and for guiding procedures. Both scanners feature automated gain and frequency settings, and are designed to help clinicians diagnose triage emergency patients suffering from abdominal bleeding, collapse, bleeding lung, dislocated joints or broken bones.
To begin using the scanner the clinician launches the smartphone application (app), selects the scanner, and the part of the body that needs to be scanned. The application enables the clinician to zoom in, freeze and save the image.
Clarius ultrasound scanners have been cleared by regulatory authorities for sale worldwide in more than 20 countries.
Neena Rahemtulla, VP Marketing, Clarius Mobile Health, said, "Clarius has many qualities that make it the ideal ultrasound system for challenging environments outside the hospital. We're looking forward to receiving feedback on our wireless scanners from experts in the specialized field of disaster response."
Clarius Mobile Health