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Tech Notes The latest in gadgets and apps for physicians BY DAVID GEER Improvements in imaging machines New ultrasound technologies make for happier physicians and patients. I n medicine, as in every market, an increasingly large, positive market impact generally translates into growing market value. So with a forecasted global ultrasound systems market value of almost $11.2 billion by 2022, according to one report by Visiongain Ltd., it is no wonder that PracticeLink Magazine is reporting about physicians' applications and opinions of two signifcant contributions among new ultrasound products. Practical, pocket-sized Vscan ultrasound device Price: $7,900 For more information: T he Vscan from GE Healthcare is a mobile ultrasound visualization tool that fts neatly inside a physician's lab coat pocket for anytime, anywhere ultrasound scanning for use in primary and emergency care, women's health and cardiology. Jason Jurva, M.D., a non-invasive cardiologist at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, was looking for immediate access and views into patient heart function and structure when he found this new visualization tool. "Of all the portable ultrasound devices, none of them are really pocket sized and travel with you all day from clinic to clinic except for the Vscan," he says. It is the frst portable ultrasound—about the size of an older generation cell phone—that offers instantaneous information, making a vast majority of diagnoses possible at a moment's notice, Jurva explains. "At not much over a pound, it's pretty innocuous and not too heavy to carry around all day," he says. And Jurva does carry the Vscan around in his daily practice, using it when rounding in the cardiolThe Vscan ogy outpatient clinic at ultrasound the Milwaukee VA Meditool fits in cal Center, for example. a lab coat When Jurva is consultpocket. ing with a patient and evaluating them for the frst time, he can perform a quick scan of the heart, learn about the function and condition of the heart muscle, and share that information with the patient on the spot. "I can tell right away whether a patient has severe valvular disease and show it to them," Jurva explains. "And when seeing victims of active chest pains, I can look at the heart muscle to risk stratify them for their next treatment or early aggressive treatment." The Vscan has utility across Jurva's practice, running the gamut from healthy walk-in patients to critically ill people, wherever he needs to know what is going on with the patient at that precise moment. These timesavings are especially important with critically ill patients. "I can answer questions in one appointment in an outpatient setting, offering patients peace of mind without requiring them to make a second trip to the hospital to get their results," he says. Continued SPRING 2013 | 15

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