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The new generation of portable ultrasounds

Of all the things people can now do with their laptop, from having face-to-face video conferences with people from around the world to shopping for virtually anything, many are surprised to learn just what a laptop is capable of in a medical setting.

SeeMore_Ultrasound_ProbeThe SeeMore General Purpose Abdominal Probe is one such next-generation device, a handheld ultrasound that plugs directly into your laptop, transforming it into a portable ultrasound device. Recognized as one of the top ten innovations of the year by the International Academy of Science, this revolutionary device can be used in clinical applications involving the kidney, liver, gallbladder, abdominal aorta, uterus and bladder, as well as for a FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) exam. And it can do so for a fraction of the cost of other portable ultrasound devices.

Capable of displaying 256 shades of gray, and featuring an autoscan as well as scan and view modes, you can easily save, store and print images, and at an incredibly low price point. With its built-in measurements, calculations, annotations, cine loop, zoom functions and more, you can be sure you get clear, precise images every time you use it.

For a firsthand look at the power of this portable system, download the SeeMore Software and SeeMore Pictures.

What’s new in ultrasound technology?

The medical device industry is constantly growing thanks to new innovations and patient demand. Ultrasound technology is no different, and 2015 has seen its fair share of change in this industry.

Like many other technologies in health care and beyond, ultrasound technology is becoming smaller, lighter and more portable, ensuring practitioners can bring the technology where they need it the most at any time.

At the University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a team is perfecting the use of robotics to assist in the difficult task of central line insertion, reducing the failure rate and the discomfort suffered by patients. The device is operated by a joystick and cuts insertion time from eight minutes to two minutes while increasing the success ratio.

Meanwhile, an Oxford, UK, company is developing a unique piece of ultrasound technology called SonoTran, which is aimed at helping chemotherapy drugs penetrate the difficult-to-enter center of solid tumors.

Finally, FBI investigators are using ultrasound technology in the form of biometrics to improve retinal scanning and voice-activated access to buildings and security-dependent areas. While not a part of the medical industry itself, it is interesting to see how ultrasound technology has branched out into other fields.

As the health-care industry continues to grow new, technologies appear daily to assist medical professionals with providing service to their patients. To learn more about the latest medical devices that can assist you in your practice, visit MedicalDeviceDepot.com.

Hospital Medical Equipment Inventions of the 1960s

There have been many great advances in hospital medical equipment over the last century, but most of us take them for granted.  The scientific community has graced us with some revolutionary pieces of hospital medical equipment that have saved many lives and generally helped people live longer and better.  And many of the new pieces of hospital medical equipment that have been introduced have opened the door for even more equipment inventions.  Consider the following simple pieces of equipment that are now taken for granted, which did not even exist before the 1960s.

Hospital Medical Equipment of the 1960s

Hospital Medical Equipment of the 1960s

The laser scalpel is still a pretty impressive piece of hospital medical equipment, but it is used in so many different procedures that it is no longer appreciated as the delicate and precise technological wonder it is.  Laser scalpels were not invented until 1964, thanks to testing beginning in 1960 that eventually led to the carbon dioxide laser.  Portable defibrillators were also introduced in 1960 in Belfast, Germany.  They are now about as common as first aid kits.  Ultrasound machines were developed around the same time, in 1962 to be exact, although they are not quite as easily portable.

The early 1960s were really quite a time for hospital medical equipment inventions.  Balloon catheters were invented by Thomas Fogarty in 1963. Fogarty patented the first balloon catheter that became the industry standard for continuous draining of the bladder, which is crucial during surgery.  And the first portable EKG, or electrocardiogram, was built in 1961 by Frank Sanborn’s company.  Although EKGs were already an accepted piece of hospital medical equipment, they had never been portable prior to that.

These equipments are now taken for granted in hospitals and other medical care settings, but life wouldn’t be the same without them.  It’s a good thing about living today.