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GE Healthcare announces its first wireless portable ultrasound device

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Image courtesy of GE Healthcare GE Healthcare has pulled back the curtain on the Vscan Air, a wireless take on the handheld ultrasound technology it first debuted more than a decade ago.

Cleared by the FDA back in November, the battery-powered device is intended for use by healthcare professionals conducting diagnostic ultrasound imaging and fluid flow analysis. It connects to a companion app downloaded to a user’s personal Android or iOS device.

Similar to some of its predecessors, the tool is designed to fit in a pocket and has a simplified UI for quick uptake and training, the company said. The company’s two-sided probe design for quick swapping between shallow and deep exams makes a return, and users can quickly store and share auto-anonymized images.

Shipments of the Vscan Air’s dual-headed probe and its accessories are set to begin on April 1, according to GE Healthcare’s product page. While pricing varies between regions, the base package is listed as a $4,495 purchase in the U.S.

WHY IT MATTERS

Convenience and speed are the name of the game when it comes to handheld ultrasound systems. By keeping the device on their person, healthcare providers can conduct examinations and make decisions more quickly, which […]

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