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Oh, the places we’ll go… with ultrasound!

From inside the classroom to a remote town in Kenya, this small medical imaging technology can have a big impact.

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1. Move over Batman, Bat-students are coming: Using ultrasound to “see with sound”

A decade ago, ultrasound was strictly used in hospitals or a clinical setting, yet more and more, ultrasound is used in other settings, including in the classroom. In fact, Dr. Phelan uses the Vscan with Dual Probe as part of his curriculum with medical students. “Getting hands on experience in their first or second year of medical school offers these students a huge advantage,” Dr. Phelan notes. “At the onset of residency, they know how to properly hold the probe, get a good image, and identify what they are looking at.” Ultrasound has been part of the UAMS curriculum for four years, and Dr. Phelan is already impressed with the results.[Read more…]

 

2. Doctors travel to remote town to perform essential cardiovascular exams

Since 2016, a group of doctors from Duke University’s Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health and Duke Pediatric Cardiology have been traveling to Eldoret – a small town in western Kenya – to monitor the cardiovascular health of children born with HIV. Specifically, the medical team uses Strain measurement to look for early detection of HIV-associated cardiomyopathy (a chronic disease of the heart muscle). This enables any early intervention and prevents further worsening of cardiac function. Equipped with a Vivid™ iq portable cardiovascular ultrasound, the team managed to scan more than 640 children and adolescents between the ages of one and 25. [Read more…]

 

3. This Doctor is Never in, and That’s a Good Thing

Dr. Brown, a native of Washington, D.C., is a family practitioner with a rare practice: he only makes house visits. He sees patients in their homes, at their office or even at their hotel if they’re visiting from out of town. “If a patient comes into a clinic, it’s in a very controlled environment,” Dr Brown adds. “With house visits, I have the opportunity to build a direct relationship between the patient and doctor, as opposed to a quick ten-minute visit in a doctor’s office.” Dr. Brown is equipped with GE Healthcare’s Vscan Extend™, a handheld, pocket-sized ultrasound system that enables clinicians to make focused assessments and accelerate treatment decisions at the point of care. [Read more…]

 

4. Treating Patients with Handheld Ultrasound at Soaring Heights

Scattered across 150,000 square kilometers of beautiful farm land, mountainous terrain, and rugged coastline, South Island is the larger of New Zealand’s two major islands. And while the scenery of this Lord of the Rings landscape is stunning, its unreliable roads can make it difficult to quickly reach a hospital in an urgent situation. Fortunately, the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter provides emergency rescue services to people and communities across the lower South Island 365 days a year. Equipped with life rafts, stretchers, portable oxygen, GPS, radio directional finders, night-vision goggles and its latest addition — a handheld portable ultrasound from GE Healthcare called Vscan Extend™[1], the team provides immediate care and airlifts critically ill patients to Dunedin Hospital. [Read more…]