Prehospital Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine: Think Outside the 4 Walls

In cardiac care, mere minutes matter. That’s why some medical specialists today may be turning to prehospital ultrasound to accelerate treatment, ensuring patients receive life-saving therapies faster.In the hands of paramedics and other emergency services providers, handheld ultrasound devices, such as GE’s Vscan Extend™, may obtain cardiac images sufficient enough for interpretation even before patients arrive… Continue reading Prehospital Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine: Think Outside the 4 Walls

Handheld Ultrasound for Gallstones Improves Physician Effectiveness

Patients visiting their physician with right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain may have vague symptoms that are difficult to diagnose. A condition that physicians commonly check for is gallstones, but it is difficult to reliably diagnose with a physical exam and review of medical history alone. Bedside ultrasound is an option for providers who are interested… Continue reading Handheld Ultrasound for Gallstones Improves Physician Effectiveness

Diagnosing Pleural Effusion: Can Handheld Ultrasound Fill X-ray Gaps?

  Pleural effusion is a common problem in many patient groups — in particular, for those in intensive care units and those with underlying cardiovascular issues. Fortunately, handheld ultrasound may aid in diagnosing this condition. How Does Handheld Ultrasound Play a Role in Diagnosis? The typical method for diagnosing pleural effusion is by examining the… Continue reading Diagnosing Pleural Effusion: Can Handheld Ultrasound Fill X-ray Gaps?

The sky is the limit: Vscan Extend handheld ultrasound is helping save lives in the air and on the ground

In a life-threatening emergency, every second counts. That’s why the crew at Geisinger Life Flight adopted Vscan Extend™ handheld ultrasound to help them save lives in the air and out in the field. “We’ve been able to implement a lifesaving intervention really quickly, that we might not have been able to do had we not… Continue reading The sky is the limit: Vscan Extend handheld ultrasound is helping save lives in the air and on the ground

Handheld Ultrasound Provides Quick Information During Global Health Emergency

One clinician provides his experience with using ultrasound to manage treatment of COVID-19 patients in the United States  It’s 6:30 in the morning in Dallas, Texas. While the rest of the state is starting their day, Dr. Bilal Jalil, a Pulmonologist & Critical Care physician, is preparing to check in on one of his patients… Continue reading Handheld Ultrasound Provides Quick Information During Global Health Emergency

In good hands: this handheld tool is helping healthcare providers monitor COVID-19 patients with cardiac conditions

Director of Cardiac Imaging, Bill Shirkey, shares his experience with using handheld ultrasound. The world is facing a global pandemic with unknown implications, and there’s a new risk factor impacting the heart: COVID-19. Patients with underlying heart disease or diabetes are at higher risk of severe illness for COVID-19. Because of this, ultrasound of the… Continue reading In good hands: this handheld tool is helping healthcare providers monitor COVID-19 patients with cardiac conditions

Identifying Internal Injuries Quickly with Handheld Ultrasound

For patients with blunt force abdominal trauma, internal injuries can cause death within the first 24 hours. Being able to quickly identify whether a patient has free intra-abdominal fluid could help save their life. In such cases, handheld ultrasound can shed light on how extensive a patient’s injuries are — and do so quickly. Detecting… Continue reading Identifying Internal Injuries Quickly with Handheld Ultrasound

Determining the Cause of Dyspnea with the Help of Handheld Ultrasound

            Dyspnea, the sudden and severe shortness of breath, is a frequent presentation in the emergency department and, notably, is one of the most common reasons for hospital visits. There is a broad range of dyspnea causes — including cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic or shock — making it difficult for ED physicians… Continue reading Determining the Cause of Dyspnea with the Help of Handheld Ultrasound

The Use of Handheld Ultrasound to Speed Diagnosis and Treatment in Emergency Medicine

Due to its portability and ability to provide quality diagnostic images, handheld ultrasound in emergency medicine shows impressive potential — most notably, in helping physicians reach a diagnosis in a short period of time. Because it enables physicians to gather information during the first stage of the physical exam, handheld ultrasound is a powerful tool… Continue reading The Use of Handheld Ultrasound to Speed Diagnosis and Treatment in Emergency Medicine

Handheld Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Why Having it is Important

When it comes to the best quality patient care, the physical exam is a fundamental factor. Providers glean a great deal of information this way, but using handheld ultrasound to visualize non-visible parts of the body might be a powerful clinical complement. In many cases, having handheld ultrasound available might also be the key to accelerated… Continue reading Handheld Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Why Having it is Important