Italy’s design firm called Rezzonico Design has created an ultrasound probe with a more ergonomic shape, which may take a lot of the pain out of being a sonographer. The Appleprobe, as the product is called, is manufactured by The Esaote Group from Genoa. The device won a Silver from the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Medical & Scientific category.
The appleprobe is an ultrasound transducer probe that can be held with a traditional pincer grip as well as in a new way that follows the natural alignment of the hand and wrist. Sonographers often experience repetitive strain injuries in their hands and wrists that are believed to be caused by the pinching and pushing of the pincer grip. This dual grip allows sonographers to switch the way they hold the ultrasound transducer throughout the exam and throughout the day, reducing discomfort and injuries.
Here’s a PDF brochure about the appleprobe:
IDEA award details…