Monday, June 25, 2007


Last week, at the 18th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Seattle, Siemens demonstrated its ACUSON P10 hand-held ultrasound unit, a "system... intended primarily for triage and screening applications in acute care settings." Currently undergoing clinical trials in the US, the device, designed for the medical lab coat pocket, has been 510(K)'ed by the FDA since January 2007.

Here's a list of ACUSON P10 features, taken from the product brochure:

# Hand-held personal imaging tool
# Fits in a lab coat pocket
# Visual reinforcement of exam findings improves patient communication
# Optimized form factor, functionality, and price to complement the physical exam
# 1.6 lbs total weight
# ~ 5-second power-up
# Excellent image quality
# Easy to use -- simple, intuitive user interface
# Stores images and video clips for permanent record-keeping
# Improved interaction with patients
# 4-2 MHz phased array transducer ideal for trauma and cardiac applications

Press release: Siemens Demonstrates New Methods of Cardiovascular Risk Assessment at the American Society of Echocardiography ...

Product page: ACUSON P10: Seeing is Believing ...

Product brochure (.pdf)

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