August 1, 2013
Teratech Corporation, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based ultrasound equipment supplier, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a tablet-based ultrasound system. The Terason uSmart 3200T is a five-pound tablet running Windows 7 touch, according to clearance documents.
The device is the first in Teratech's series of uSmart mobile ultrasound devices. Teratech is marketing the unit for emergency...
August 25, 2011
If you read MobiHealthNews, you undoubtedly know about GE Healthcare's Vscan pocket ultrasound, available for about $8,000, or less than one-tenth the cost of a traditional ultrasound machine. But did you realize that the impetus for shrinking ultrasound technology to handheld size came from GE's efforts at cracking the Chinese market?
In a shining example of what GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and...
May 12, 2010
The West Wireless Health Institute announced a partnership today with GE Healthcare to jointly work on a variety of educational, technical and research initiatives related to wireless health. The WWHI noted that its technology and education partnerships are based on the mutual exchange of ideas, technical assistance and expertise -- but do not include the exchange of funds. Therefore, assumedly,...
February 18, 2010
Will patients ever use handheld ultrasound devices at home? Some sonographers believe that's idiotic, moronic, dangerous, highly irresponsible, "right up there with in-utero glamor shots," and "the worst idea I have heard of."
The consumerization of medical devices, however, is a common vision for the wireless health industry. For example, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group recently predicted...
February 15, 2010
After a few months of anticipation, GE Healthcare has announced the commercial availability of its handheld ultrasound device, Vscan, which has secured clearance from the FDA, the CE Mark from the European Union, and a Medical Device License from Health Canada. The company said it is now available in the U.S., Europe, India and Canada.
To be clear: GE's Vscan is not a wirelessly connected device...
January 11, 2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs invited onstage Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), to discuss the wireless health trend. (Qualcomm is a key supporter of the WWHI.)
Topol's talk included mentions of a half dozen different wireless health devices including...
November 17, 2009
Medgadget got the inside word from GE on its newly unveiled Vscan device, which is a wireless ultrasound device that is about the size of a mobile phone. GE also recently announced that clinical trials are currently underway in hospitals in Spain and Italy. Medgadget acquired a list of some of the specifications about the device:
Vscan will cost less than $10,000; it will have about one hour of...