Taking Charge of Your Health

I just met science fiction! Here is a portable, wireless ultrasound device. The appearance of pocket-sized, user-friendly
and portable diagnostic devices make it easier and faster to treat a patient on the spot. No matter whether it’s ECG or laboratory
testing, hulking machines are becoming things of the past. And ultrasound diagnostics is leading the
way. What once was the privilege of radiologists
and sonographers, these days emergency medical specialists have an opportunity to use portable
point-of-care ultrasound devices. In the last couple of weeks, we had the chance
to test portable ultrasound devices, and two especially stood out: the top-notch Philips
Lumify and the Clarius portable ultrasound. Let me present the latter here. A Vancouver-based start-up, Clarius develops
handheld ultrasound scanners that connect wirelessly to a smartphone app, available
on iOS and Android as well. While going small, they were able to maintain
a high resolution image quality that was unachievable with previous portable devices. Here are a few features. The Point-and-Shoot Ultrasound technology
allows users to scan without making any adjustments. Produced with a magnesium shell, the scanner
is waterproof and can withstand drops from up to 1 meter. It has three different probes. The C3 for example has sixty minutes of battery
power, and shipped with 2 batteries. No wires or cables are needed and the scanner
weighs about half a kilogram, making it an ultraportable ultrasound machine. Inserting the battery feels like inserting
a game into a console in the old days. The premium option features color and power
doppler as well. With a compact, portable scanner that can
bring the same level of quality as a massive machine, the medical field gets a badly needed
tool in their hands. For hospitals, it means they don’t have
to rely on a single machine, they can buy plenty with lower price tags. But the real advantages show outside of the
hospitals and clinics. It’s a perfect tool for doctors at home
visits, or for midwives. Immovable patients can receive the same diagnostics
as if they were in a hospital. But we can go further than that. Doctors without borders at refugee camps or
active war zones can deliver ultrasound diagnostics. Among Clarius’ praises we can even find
a veterinarian who uses it in a chimpanzee sanctuary, where the patients don’t necessarily
understand the need for a thorough check-up. Simply put, Clarius is a first step towards
turning the patient the point of care and bringing the hospital wherever it’s needed. And hopefully it’s a step, followed by many.

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