GE Healthcare has introduced its advanced, wireless pocket-sized ultrasound device, Vscan Air, with whole-body scanning capabilities, and intuitive software.

Vscan Air follows GE Healthcare’s first colour pocket-sized ultrasound Vscan, developed in 2010. It offers high image quality and advanced visualisation software.

According to various studies, lung ultrasound comparable to both X-ray and CT when examining the lungs of Covid-19 patients.

Handheld ultrasound allows clinicians to quickly collect images and triage patients while offering the benefits of portability, cleanability, and workflow efficiency, said the company.

GE Healthcare global ultrasound president and CEO Anders Wold said: “Now more than ever, clinicians need smaller and smarter tools that increase access and efficiency both in and outside of the four walls of the hospital.

“The Vscan Air exemplifies customer-driven innovation that enables more personalised care for patients worldwide.

“We pioneered handheld ultrasound when we brought the first pocket-sized ultrasound with colour Doppler to market and now we see Vscan Air as delivering on the future of healthcare at a time when ultrasound has proven to be an essential tool at the point of care.”

Vscan Air benefits its users with whole-body scanning capabilities and high image quality, by leveraging GE Healthcare’s original SignalMax technology.

By simply flipping the two-sided probe design allows both shallow and deep exams, eliminating the switching of probes in-between or during clinical exams, said the company.

Also, the device comes with options for fast scanning, a single-button probe for easy image capture and freezing, and an intuitive set-up and scan start-up.

Vscan Air shares the auto-anonymised images with patients after scanning, ensuring that the patient data remains within their network, and not on the Cloud.

The system would store and share images securely with its DICOM TLS 1.3 with private client & server certificate support, which is the most secure method available.

Furthermore, the device offers superior probe cleanability and durability with military-grade durability standard, along with portability and energy savings.