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FDA Approves Mobile Ultrasound Device for Bladder Scans

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has recently approved the use of the Uscan, introduced at this year’s American Urology Association annual meeting. Designed by Signostics Medical, the Uscan is the world’s first smart, mobile-connected ultrasound device for use in urologic care.

The device uses computer algorithms, or a set of step by step instructions to solve a problem, to actively recognize the varying 3D contours of the bladder and produce an image. By doing so, the Uscan can more accurately measure volume of the bladder in obese and other hard-to-scan patients. To do this, the Uscan takes up to 256 different images, a staggering 32 times more than current bladder scanners, with a result that has industry-leading accuracy. Not only can the Uscan scan the bladder, but it is also effective in scanning other urologic organs such as the kidneys, pelvic floor muscles, prostate, gallbladder, bladder stones and can even be used to confirm catheter placement. These additional uses will reduce the delays and expense of using specialized ultrasound equipment and sonographers.

The system consists of a removable probe, a high-resolution touchscreen tablet as well as, handheld displays. These mobile features make Uscan ideal for on-the-go imaging. The built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity allow the system to easily connect and integrate with electronic health record systems ensuring all patient images and files are complete with the most up-to-date information. However, the Uscan is currently only compatible with Android systems. If proven effective, Signostics could eventually make the Uscan compatible with other systems such as iOS and Windows.

Beyond urology, the designers at Signostics, hope to see a role for the Uscan device in a wide range of other clinical settings including the emergency department, maternity, pediatrics, home nursing and even oncology.

 

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