Analogic received FDA clearance and has just unveiled its new Sonic Window handheld ultrasound system to help in placing peripheral IVs. Devices that use infrared cameras and projectors that help visualize the location of veins, such as VeinViewer, have been around for a few years now, but they don’t help with knowing the depth, nor much about the other anatomy in the vicinity.
The Sonic Window resembles a remote control crossed with an iPod, but is actually an ultrasound transducer, computer, battery, and display in one system. It’s operated with one hand and provides a real-time view of the anatomy, allowing a clinician to quickly measure the size and depth of veins before choosing the catheter, and to then help place the needle correctly and achieve vascular access the first time.
From the product page:
Unlike existing portable devices on the market today, the Sonic Window handheld is self-contained and does not require a cart or stand to operate. The small, lightweight device, which is the size of a TV remote control, requires only one hand for operation. The system’s controls may be manipulated during scanning without any interruption to the image on the screen. In addition, the handheld portable device has a rechargeable battery and does not need to be plugged in to operate.
Product page: Sonic Window…