ACUSON P10, an ultra portable ultrasound system for quick complementary diagnosis, that we’ve seen before, has now been officially launched by Siemens:
The advantages of the new system are its portability, easy handling as well as its fast and consistent availability to the physician. The device is barely larger than a Blackberry and weighs just a little more than 700 grams.
In emergency situations, for example, this translates into earlier, faster and more accurate screening and triage decisions. Its emergency applications include FAST (Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma) for detecting fluid, determining cardiac activity and pericardial effusion as well as for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms and performing pelvic exams.
“Instead of having to rush the patient to the technology, P10 brings the technology to the patient, which can reduce critical minutes, particularly when a patient is in cardiac distress or with trauma patients, who have multiple injuries,” says Klaus Hambuechen, head of the Ultrasound Division of Siemens Medical Solutions. “The flexibility and portability of the P10 mark significant changes in the way diagnostic and emergency care are administered, changes that could alter the face of the physical exam and, ultimately, lead to better patient outcomes.”
In addition to cardiac and emergency care, the ACUSON P10 offers applications in other medical specialties, most notably obstetrics where it can be used during labor and delivery. Specifically, the device can determine fetal viability, fetal positioning, amniotic fluid volume, bleeding and miscarriage.
Regarding the term “the world’s smallest,” we might have a slight objection to it. A quick search of our archives points to ultrasound probes with plug and play capabilities for laptops: The Ppups: Plug and Play Ultrasound Probe System and The Ubiquitous Echo.
Press release: Siemens introduces the world’s smallest ultrasound device for initial diagnosis in emergency situations …