Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

April 16, 2010

Sonosite Education Key Uses Simple USB Plug-In

Health care professionals with a Sonosite M-Turbo or S-Series portable ultrasound system and who specialize  in the areas of point-of-care: Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care, are able to download training programs.

According to the company “you can plug your SonoSite Education Key directly into your ultrasound system, which allows for true point-of-care training.  The SonoSite Education Key can also be used on any PC or MAC computer with a USB Drive.”

SonoSite states that by “leveraging the integration of Texas Instruments’ multimedia DaVinci™ technology, SonoSite’s Education Key program is available on a USB thumb drive that can be played right on the M-Turbo system itself. The Education Key features clinical training videos with market specific versions for anesthesiology, emergency medicine and critical care. The M-Turbo system training modules are also available to help new users quickly learn how to optimize the system.”

If you are looking for on-site training of the following procedures or if you require ultrasound per diems with this experience, contact Renaissance Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound Evaluation of the Abdominal Aorta
  • Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks
  • Ultrasound Evaluation for Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Ultrasound Guided Paracentesis
  • Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis

April 2, 2010

Doctor Loses License: Blames Faulty Ultrasound System

A doctor in Sarasota, FL chose to try a complicated  procedure on a patient which was not only risky,but also one he had never performed before – yet he blames the mistake on faulty ultrasound equipment.

“According to an administrative complaint, four years ago Dr. Matthew Kachinas decided to try a procedure called selective fetal reduction, which he never before performed.

State officials said last week at Kachinas’s hearing in Tampa that during the procedure, which was on a woman carrying twins, a healthy one and one with signs of Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, he aborted the wrong fetus.”

“He blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for his error.”

This is a tragic story for the patient and the family, but as professionals in the ultrasound industry, let’s learn from this mistake (provided nobody performs a risky procedure he is not trained in doing).

If you purchase refurbished ultrasound equipment, make sure you purchase from a reputable company who continues to answer your phone calls post-sale!  The equipment should also come with a standard 90 day warranty with an option to purchase a service contract.  There are several excellent service-related companies who employ former OEM service engineers who know the equipment inside and out.  One such company is Unisyn Medical, located in Golden, CO with depots and engineers across the country.  There is no reason not to have a service contract on your equipment and to get annual inspections, called PMs – preventive maintenance – you prevent something from going wrong or missing/dead elements in a transducer that need to be fixed for better image quality (having a transducer that does not fire at 100% degrades your image and you can lose valuable information).

Next is quality, system-specific ultrasound training, buying refurbished equipment is a great way to save some money, but you need to be trained on how to utilize all of the software features and technology in addition to specific clinical applications.  Our training sessions are customized to the system being used and the staff’s experience level.  When learning a new clinical application a full day will be spent doing lecture and hands-on scanning with CMEs provided from the SDMS.

Granted, the doctor performed a very complex procedure which is beyond Renaissance’s scope, but it is imperative that health care professionals be properly trained on ultrasound equipment and clinical applications to ensure the best patient care possible.  This includes servicing the equipment before something goes wrong!

To read more about the doctor, click here.

March 18, 2010

SonoSite’s NanoMaxx and GE’s Venue Ultrasound Systems

Filed under: Anesthesia,GE Ultrasound,Portable Ultrasound,SonoSite — Leslie @ 4:19 pm
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It seems like yesterday when I first plugged in my computer and connected to AOL, I can still hear the unmistakable sound of connection as a new world opened up.  As technology in our computers and cell phones change daily, so does the technology in ultrasound.  Sure some of the systems are smaller and faster, but do they truly provide the same diagnostic accuracy as their big brothers?

Behold the SonoSite  NanoMaxx ultrasound system which, according to the company, “is an extremely portable, high-resolution imaging tool that provides point-of-care visualization to a variety of medical specialties. Empowering physicians to meet the highest standard of patient care, the NanoMaxx system targets applications that will improve patient safety and minimize complications. With one-dial control, advanced proprietary imaging algorithms, a 20 second boot-up time, and a rugged form factor (successfully drop-tested from three feet), the NanoMaxx system is a breakthrough technology that truly meets an unmet clinical need.”

Although SonoSite has been the leader in portable ultrasound systems, GE’s Venue(TM) ultrasound system is like an a la carte diagnostic device: Choose your desired modality and you are off and running.  The system is without a keyboard and instead contains a USB and SM card so that the clinician can plug in the probe, scan, review results.  The portable ultrasound system was designed for vascular, anesthesia, interventional,  musculoskeletal  and point of care modalities.

There is definitely a need for the light-weight and portable in a point of care environment, time will tell how these mighty systems compare to the dinosaurs before them.

SonoSite Nanomaxx


GE Venue 40


Learn more at www.SonoSite.com and www.GeHealthcare.com

February 5, 2010

Check Your Heart. Check Your Lungs. Check Your Boob.

OK – I’m straying from our world of ultrasound to talk about what appears to be an amazing new product on the market.  We all know that Elastography is the latest and greatest technology is helping detect breast malignincies.  Some companies execute through the transducer and others through proprietary software and hardware.  But both come with a hefty price tag and a full-blown ultrasound system.  What if there was a different way?  A hand-held, laptop device that without the physics knowledge base of a sonographer or physician, could easily print an image with report findings related to benign or malignant breast lesions.

Not possible?  Take a look:

This is not a diagnostic device and it is to be used by the physician to better inform the patient about next steps, either recommending a biopsy, ultrasound, or mammogram, based on the findings of the SureTouch system.   The price point is well under $20,000 and it seems to me that it should be a staple in every internal medicine, OB/GYN, and family practice office.  Breast cancer in men is on the rise, and this could become part of their annual check up along with their prostate exam.

Our heart and lungs are routinely screened, our boobs should be to.

Learn more at medicaltactile.com

December 5, 2009

Snapshot of the New Portable Ultrasound Systems

RSNA Update #2

Here’s a quick rundown on the new tiny tots in the ultrasound marketplace:

SonoScape S6BW

SonoScape out of China introduced the S6BW ultrasound system which is a black & white ultrasound system with an available color Doppler option.   It includes a full transducer family: convex, phased array, linear, transvaginal, transrectal, bi-plane.  In addition, 3D imaging is available on all of the transducers.

Flex Focus

BK Medical announces the Flex Focus in 3 different models:  Flex Focus 400, 400-Anesthesia, and Flex Focus 200.  These systems feature: 19″ LCD monitor, Tissue Harmonics, 3D capable, DICOM features, 2 standard transducer ports and one to support BK’s mechanical transducer.

Zonare highlighted their z.one ultra sp portable ultrasound system which can be utilized as a laptop or a full-featured cart based system.  This system is designed for interventional radiology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, venous ablation, OB/GYN.  It features a 19″ monitor and 3 hours of battery life.

z.one sp ultra


Mindray shows us their existing M5 portable ultrasound system, but with the 2.0 upgrade, which provides high frequency scanning with the new L14-6 Linear transducer.


Out of China again, we have the CHISON Q8  a multipurpose, all digital, portable color Doppler ultrasound system.  It fits in a range of diagnostic applications such as abdominal, obstetric/gynecological, cardiac, vascular, small parts, pediatric, neonatal and musculoskeletal. Q8 also has features like real-time 4D, tissue Doppler imaging and transesophageal echocardiography scanning.  To enable easy scanning, the system also has an ergonomical keyboard design, double probe connectors and USB and DICOM connectivity.

November 20, 2009

SonoSite Dazzles Again – now with SonoAccess for iPhone

As SonoSite continues to pave the way as the leader in patient point-of-care, it has launched a new App for the iPhone to provide the physician with even more hands-on information for ultrasound applications.  According to the SonoSite website, the features of SonoAccess include:


Video Case Studies
The Video Case Studies provide an in-depth look into specific cases that you may encounter in your practice.
Clinical Image Gallery
The Clinical Image Gallery is designed to give you a look at expert ultrasound images for anatomy recognition and as a quick comparative reference for you to compare your results to.
Quick-Start Guides
The Quick-Start Guides are abbreviated user manuals designed to give new SonoSite users a digital roadmap of their system’s controls and features to help navigate the user interface.
Reimbursement Guides
The Reimbursement Guides are designed to provide general coverage and payment information for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures so you have accurate coding and billing information.
News Feed
The SonoAccess News Feed keeps you up-to-date on the latest SonoSite news.
See it in action!


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October 28, 2009

GE Launches New Venue 40 Miniaturized Ultrasound Product Line

Filed under: Portable Ultrasound — Leslie @ 8:45 pm
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WAUWATOSA, WIS. – GE Healthcare, the $17 billion business unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today introduced the new Venue™ ultrasound product line to the medical market. The Venue 40, the first product launched, provides visualization for needle guidance procedures and rapid diagnostics in real-time at the bedside. These “point of care” settings are the fastest growing in ultrasound around the world. In the U.S., these applications grew an average of 30 percent per year over the past four years, as cited in a recent 2008 industry report issued by Klein Biomedical Consultants, an internationally recognized source of ultrasound market trends.

An intuitive touch screen and streamlined design make Venue 40 easy to use and easy to clean, especially for clinicians who use ultrasound to make immediate care decisions, or guide procedures.

Clinicians can execute all functions through an intuitive touch screen. Annotations and measurements can be entered quickly and precisely with a stylus. The sleek system is free from buttons, knobs or a keyboard on its touchscreen. Its small size and streamlined cart allows for imaging in some of the smallest of clinical spaces, such as at the bedside or in a trauma bay. The lightweight Venue 40 system can be easily transported from room to room.   A clinician can quickly dock the compact ultrasound unit in the cart or table dock, without tools.

The Venue comes in five versions for the following procedures:

Vascular

Anesthesia

Interventional

Musculoskeletal

Point of Care

Learn more at www.venue.gehealthcare.com

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