Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) includes the use us smaller, less expensive ultrasound systems to assess, triage patients in an office or emergency department setting. The imaging modality offers immediate images with no waiting to assess if a patient requires immediate change in care or more advanced imaging assessment. POCUS is also used in catheterization labs to guide vascular access for percutaneous, catheter-based interventional procedures. POCUS systems also are being used in developing countries as a way to access immediate, inexpensive medical imaging.

The Clarius PA HD hand-held, wireless ultrasound scanner is now available for high resolution cardiac imaging with the release of the Clarius Ultrasound App 7.3 for iOS and Android smart devices.
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020 — The Clarius PA HD hand-held, wireless ultrasound scanner is now available for high resolution...
A sonographer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital using the Caption Health AI to optimize ultrasound imaging. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is the first in U.S. to adopt Caption AI (artificial intelligence) to improve ultrasound imaging in emergency department, ICU and cardio-oncology clinic  

A sonographer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital using the Caption Health AI to optimize ultrasound imaging.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020 — Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to purchase Caption Health...
The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system uses an app and a transducer to convert a smartphone into a portable ultrasound system. Philips and GE Healthcare both offer small hand-held systems and are now facing increased competition from new POCUS vendors like Butterfly Network.

The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system uses an app and a transducer to convert a smartphone into a portable ultrasound system. Philips and GE Healthcare both offer small hand-held systems and are now facing increased competition from new POCUS vendors like Butterfly Network. 

Feature | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | October 08, 2020 | Alan Stoddart, Signify Research
For all the changes in medicine there are some things that seem resolutely stable. Chief among these is the idea that...
Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) technology that can turn a smartphone into a diagnostic imaging system. It offers a new needle guidance app.

Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) technology that can turn a smartphone into a diagnostic imaging system. It offers a new needle guidance app.

News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 – Butterfly Network Inc. is launching its next-generation Butterfly iQ+ point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS...
The artificial intelligence-driven Caption Guidance software guides point of care ultrasound (POCUS) users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images. The AI software is an example of a FDA-cleared software that is helping improve imaging, even when used by less experienced users.

The artificial intelligence-driven Caption Guidance software guides point of care ultrasound (POCUS) users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images. The AI software is an example of a FDA-cleared software that is helping improve imaging, even when used by less experienced users.

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | September 29, 2020 | Joe Fornadel, J.D., and Wes Moran, J.D.
The number of Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved AI-based algorithms is significant and has grown at a steady...
Naples Community Hospital Director of Cardiac Imaging Bill Shirkey showing a point-of-care echocardiogram of a COVID-19 patient he imaged with a GE Healthcare Vscan device bedside in an isolation room. Use of a small handheld device greatly speeds disinfection after the exam and does not require moving a larger cart-based ultrasound system into a room, which may require moving furniture and add exposure time in the room.

Naples Community Hospital Director of Cardiac Imaging Bill Shirkey showing a point-of-care echocardiogram of a COVID-19 patient he imaged with a GE Healthcare Vscan device bedside in an isolation room. Use of a small handheld device greatly speeds disinfection after the exam and does not require moving a larger cart-based ultrasound system into a room, which may require moving furniture and add exposure time in the room.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020 — The world is facing a global pandemic with unknown implications, but is now well known COVID-19 (...
In the era of COVID-19, remote technical assistance has become big deal. GE Healthcare showed its Digital Expert technology at the ASE 2020 virtual meeting, which allows remote one-on-one echo training or ultrasound machine technical assistance. It became an important service for GE since the start of the pandemic. 

In the era of COVID-19, remote technical assistance has become big deal. GE Healthcare showed its Digital Expert technology at the ASE 2020 virtual meeting, which allows remote one-on-one echo training or ultrasound machine technical assistance. It became an important service for GE since the start of the pandemic. 

Feature | ASE | August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020 — From point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) that has been a key technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, to...
The GE Vscan is among several point-of-care ultrasound systems being used to triage and monitor COVID-19 patients. I

The GE Vscan is among several point-of-care ultrasound systems being used to triage and monitor COVID-19 patients. 

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 17, 2020
COVID-19 is creating a new generation of cardiac patients.  With heart disease already the leading cause of deaths...
The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system assessing a patient in the emergency room combined with telehealth to enable real-time collaboration with other physicians.

The Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system assessing a patient in the emergency room combined with telehealth to enable real-time collaboration with other physicians.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020  — Philips Healthcare recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
An example of DiA'a automated ejection fraction AI software on the GE vScan POCUS system at RSNA 2019.

An example of DiA'a automated ejection fraction AI software on the GE vScan POCUS system at RSNA 2019.

News | Artificial Intelligence | May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 — DiA Imaging Analysis, a provider of AI based ultrasound analysis solutions, said it received a...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 07, 2020
Interview with Geoffrey Rose, M.D., president of Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute with Atrium Health, in Charlotte,...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 17, 2020
Interview with Mike Stone, M.D., an emergency physician at Northwest Acute Care Specialists in Portland, Ore., director...
The FDA granted marketing authorization of the Caption Guidance software to Caption Health Inc. in February 2020. It uses artificial intelligence to guide users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images in a point of care ultrasound (POCUS) setting.

The Caption Guidance software uses artificial intelligence to guide users to get optimal cardiac ultrasound images in a point of care ultrasound (POCUS) setting.

News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared software to assist medical professionals in the...

GE Healthcare partnered with the AI developer Dia to provide an artificial intelligence algorithm to auto contour and calculate cardiac ejection fraction (EF). The app is now available on the GE Vscan pocket, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system, as seen here displayed at RSNA 2019. Watch a VIDEO demo from RSNA.

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | February 11, 2020 | Sanjay Parekh, Ph.D. 
February 7, 2020 – At the 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December, there was a record...
Videos | RSNA | January 13, 2020
DAIC/ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new medical imaging technologies displayed on...