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How GE Healthcare VenueFitTM can help in fight against COVID-19?

Healthcare | May, 2021

As the world continues its fight against the novel coronavirus, major medical device manufacturers are introducing new and advanced technologies for the better diagnosis and treatment of patients inflicted from the viral infection. The SARS-CoV-2 virus shows rapid dissemination and potential harm in the respiratory system, characterized by a severe form of pneumonia. Therefore, it has become a challenge for medical organizations to efficiently recognize those patients with COVID-19 pneumonia who require supplemental oxygen and intensive care management.

There are different diagnostic tools to evaluate patients with suspected pneumonia, but every tool has its pros and cons. While computed tomography (CT Scan) is one of the best imaging modalities to identify lungs infected with SARS-CoV-2, it is difficult to perform scanning on every suspected patient due to time consumption, heavy costs, exposure to radiation, increased possibility of cross-contamination, and even non-availability of the device at some hospitals. Currently, lung ultrasound is an excellent and practical diagnostic tool for early detection of pneumonia in patients infected from novel coronavirus as it is a user-friendly and convenient method that provide rapid feedbacks to support medical decisions. Physicians use point-of-care ultrasound to make precise diagnosis of pneumonia, especially among children as it exposes them to less ionizing radiation. Modern ultrasound machines (portable and ultra-portable) have long battery life and can be easily configured with smart devices, which makes their application possible even in remote areas.

Amidst the rising incidences of coronavirus incidences, the demand for portable ultrasound systems is expanding. Driven by the high clinical demand, GE Healthcare System unveiled an intelligent point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), VenueFitTM. The streamlined and advanced POCUS system is the smallest in GE Healthcare’s Venue series. The latest ultrasound system facilitates scanning with its easy-to-use touchscreen, flexible scanning tools, and a small footprint so that the medical device can be adjusted in confined spaces or along the bedside for the convenience of the patient. Alongside VenueFit, GE Healthcare also launched the industry-first AI offerings to facilitate cardiac imaging on VenueTM and VenueGoTM.


The VenueFit POCUS offers several advantages over the conventional ultrasound systems available in the market. Its sleek and small design facilitates portability and enhances workflow efficiency, whereas the advanced system provides real-time images for early detection of COVID-19 symptoms. The sophisticated diagnostic tool allows clinicians to quickly triage and monitor patients and provide early treatment to the patients inside or outside the clinical settings. The point-of-care ultrasound eliminates the need for doctors to struggle with the interface as they can just scan the patients and get the information immediately with Lung Sweep tool and RealTime EF (Ejection Fraction).

Lung Sweep tool is a rapid visualization device, available exclusively with the Venue series, that presents clinicians with a panoramic view of the entire lung when patted on the body. The tool detects the ribs sequentially and shows coronal and sagittal coverage, which aids in the diagnosis of pneumonia. Using the “lung” control button, the physician can see the anterior and posterior parts of the lungs at the same time and even switch between the sides. The device automatically activates at the beginning of each sweep and deactivates when the probe is lifted at the end of the sweep. The lung sweep tool allows examination with minimum taps on the screen and thereby reduces examination time. However, lung sweep does not display the full of the lung during live scanning, rather the location of the lung scanned during the review. 

 

The RealTime EF is the industry’s first AI tool that allows physicians to calculate cardiovascular activities such as cardiac cycle timing, real-time ejection fraction and the ability to pump blood during live scanning in apical 4CH view. When the user manages to find an adequate view, they can determine accurate measurements with the help of an integrated quality indicator. Thus, the AI-powered tool for fast critical cardiac measurement help to reduce the need for electrocardiogram monitoring, improve clinical confidence and reduce hospitalization costs. 

 

The VenueFit device has built-in quality indicators that display the message “Slow Down” on the screen if the operator runs the scan too fast. Once the probe comes with the skin, the quality indicator varies among red/yellow/green depending on the contact between skin and probe. The green color indicates close contact of the frame portion with the skin while yellow and red indicate minimal contact or air. Patients with end-stage renal disease are more vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. VenueFit POCUS system consists of Renal Diagram, an easy and intelligent documentation tool that makes it easy for clinicians to follow up on patients with a suspected kidney infection. 

 

The multipurpose VenueFit POCUS system takes point-of-care imaging to the next level, providing a fast, simple, and precise way to detect the health status of an individual. The new-age device reduces the number of keystrokes needed to perform the examination, provides visualization for needle placement, supports the collection of meaningful data, and reduces variability. VenueFit is one of the most secure ultrasound systems designed for easy servicing and enhancing the patient’s diagnostic experience every time. The large monitor of the device enhances the visualization experience for the clinician while being durable to withstand accidental damages. 

 

Other Handheld New Generation Point-of-Care Ultrasound Systems

Philips CX50 Portable Ultrasound

Philips CX50 is one of the best portable ultrasound machines for cardiovascular imaging. Packed with advanced technologies, the device provides superior quality imaging and premium class performance.  The portable device delivers accurate data to clinicians that help to make confident diagnosis. The size, manoeuvrability, ease of use makes it perfect for application across differing operating environments. Physicians looking for high performance and portability can opt for Philips CX50 due to its high prove compatibility and compact design.

Unique Features

·         Wireless connectivity

·         Reduced exam time by up to 50%

·         Adaptive image processing

·         High-resolution monitor

·         Upto 170 dB dynamic range

GE Portable Ultrasound-Vivid IQ

The multitude of innovative features incorporated in the medical device puts GE Vivid IQ ahead of the competition. The device has a versatile touchscreen, deformation imaging tools, advanced 4D imaging and Matrix cardiac probe. The portability of the device does not affect its performance. The GE Vivid IQ comes in three different configurations such as standard, premium and 4D, varying in terms of performance and features.

Unique Features

·         17 probes including 2 ICE catheters

·         LCD display with touch capability

·         Ergonomic design

·         Fold down and lock mechanism

·         Backlight adjustable

·         Different viewing angle position

Cannon Portable Ultrasound-Viamo

The high-end Cannon Viamo portable ultrasound system leverages cutting-edge technology and facilitates smooth operation with touch-screen operation. The device is easy to operate and remarkably slim, which makes it suitable for various clinical examination. The ultrasound system offers outstanding image quality with Viamo’s one touch function. The device provides clinicians the flexibility to move carry the system anywhere. The ultrasound system can be customized according to individual’s preferences for different kinds of examination.

Unique Features

·         High image quality

·         Complete clinical versatility

·         Fast response

·         Powerful battery

·         Optimal image clarity

Siemens Portable Ultrasound-Acuson P500

The portable Siemens Healthineers Acuson P500 equip clinicians with powerful application to diagnose patients right at the bedside. The go-to platform facilitates accurate diagnosis and assist physicians in critical care. The ultrasound system can be used for a diverse range of application and physician can tailor it as per their need. The device provides superior quality imaging faster, making diagnostic exams more standardized.

Unique Features

·         Durable for rigorous use

·         Powered for maximum adaptability

·         Simple and intuitive workflow

·         Reliable and fast imaging

·         Suitable for emergency medicine imaging

 

According to TechSci research report on “Global Diagnostic Imaging Market By Product Type ( Architecture (Open/Closed), By Field Strength (High and Very-High Field MRI Systems), By Systems (Ultrasound Systems, Nuclear Imaging Systems, X-Ray Imaging Systems, CT Scanner, MRI System, Mammography System, Fluoroscopy), By Portability (Stationary, Portability), By Application (OB/Gyn, Orthopaedic, Musculosekeletal, Neuro &Spine, General Imaging, Cardio &Thoracic, Breast health, Others), By End Users (Hospitals, Diagnostic Imaging Centers, Others), By Region, Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2026F”, the global diagnostic imaging market is anticipated to grow at the rate of 7.72% by 2026. The growth can be attributed to rising geriatric population and introduction of novel technologies by the top players in global diagnostic imaging market.

According to another TechSci research report on “India Diagnostic Imaging Market By Type (X-Ray Imaging Solutions, Ultrasound Systems, MRI Systems, CT Scanners, Nuclear Imaging Solutions, Mammography, Others), By Mobility (Portable v/s Standalone), By Source (Domestic Vs Import), By Application (Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Others), By End Users (Hospitals & Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, Ambulatory Care Centers, Others), By Component (OEM v/s Refurbished), By Region, Forecast & Opportunities, FY2026”, India diagnostic imaging market stood at USD1.65 billion in 2019 and is expected to register an impressive CAGR of 9.03% by 2026. The growth can be attributed to the rising government initiatives to improve healthcare infrastructure in the country and penetration of large hospital chains across the country. Furthermore, increasing focus on diagnostic imaging equipment to ensure proper and quality treatments are fuelling the growth of India diagnostic imaging market.

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