VSCAN from GE is PORTABLE, POCKETSIZE
(see the Website of the VScan)
The VScan GE is a portable compact ultrasound device, that is destined to be in every cardiologist’s pocket, taking the place of the stethoscope to listen to heart sounds. And the cost, or price is getting lower. What could be better healthcare of the patient than to actually visualize the images of the heart valves opening and closing, at the patient’s bedside? Or to be in Malaysia, or Indonesia, and screen thousands of children for rheumatic fever at a low cost, in the field? (see below story). This medical radiograpic portable device, manufactured by GE HEALTHCARE, is a bedside scanner that not only has applications in cardiology, but also in radiology, obstetrics, general surgery, as well as vascular surgery, as a basic screening device for healthcare problems that these specialties deal with; in obstetrics, the position of the fetus , and monitoring the fetus; the vascular surgeon as a quick portable diagnostic tool for arterial stenosis; the general surgeon checking for gallstones and breast masses. Granted, there are more definitive ultrasounds through the standard ultrasounds, but this imaging medical equipment allows doctors a rapid, low-cost screening diagnostic tool. And the impact on developing countries will be tremendous. The Vscan is a low cost, scanning device that also has the benefit of a low learning curve for the 3 cardiologists in Malaysia treating 800,000 people.
In summary, the Vscan is ultrasound echo device that can only strengthen the doctors’ ability to rapidly diagnose certain healthcare problems, and that can aid the patients’ care providing a low cost, portable, screening test.
Currently, it costs $7900.
WEBINAR OF VSCAN USE:
See a VIDEO of the VScan, live at a Medical Convention:
VIDEO MADE BY HEALTHCARE, THE MANUFACTURER OF VSCAN
The Vscan was popularized in China. GE originally took it to China to market, as a $100,000 machine. The Chinese said it is too expensive, and you cannot take it to rural areas. So, GE developed the portable ultrasound, which is now the VScan.
See how a Vscan Helps in Rheumatic Fever Screens in Malaysia (from Healthimaginations.com)
Where only three cardiologists serve an urban and rural community of 800,000, cost, quality and access are all huge healthcare challenges.
Facing that situation, Dr. Liew Houng Bang, director of cardiology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabulu, a provincial capital of East Malaysia, saw in Vscan a tool that “will transform the way we practice.”
The handheld Vscan can easily be integrated into physical examinations at the point of care, allowing physicians to conduct an internal inspection of the body, to make better and faster on-the-spot diagnoses and to better communicate with patients. Dr. Liew noted that “if you share blood pressure numbers with the layperson and tell them they must take medication for the rest of their lives, it’s a hard sell. Showing them the image of a thick heart can make an impact and hopefully influence patient compliance.”
See Video of How Vscan is Used in Indonesia