GE describes its “visual stethoscope of the future”:
Vivid i will enhance the efficiency and reach of physicians by offering the functionality and high performance of full-featured, larger-scale systems – but in a portable and wireless design that weighs 30 times less. The system makes it possible for patients to receive diagnostic exams anywhere, including bedside, as opposed being transported to an imaging lab in a hospital.
Vivid i’s portability also makes it ideal for urgent care areas, including the operating room, critical care, and for mobile imaging services and outpatient clinics.
In addition, Vivid i features wireless capabilities, enabling physicians to transfer files instantly from the system to other physicians for consultation. As a result, physicians will be able to more quickly diagnose and treat patients and help ensure their patients are more informed and involved in their healthcare decisions.
GE has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Vivid i and plans to ship the 10-pound system in fall 2004.
No information about Vivid i is available at the present time on GE website.