GE Healthcare has introduced Vscan Extend, a new generation of pocket-sized and dual-probe ultrasound device.

The company has developed new ultrasound device to be used in a range of applications, including assessing heart failure patients, measuring bladder volume, and offering cloud-based image communication.

Vscan Extend ultrasound device can be used in different healthcare settings ranging from hospital and ambulance to more rural environments.

The device, which uses wireless connectivity, features an advanced touch screen and weighs about 406g.

It can be incorporated with hospitals’ DICOM systems to support existing documentation and reporting solutions, as well as cloud-based image storage and communication.

GE Healthcare primary care ultrasound general manager Rob Walton said: “Clinicians benefit from immediate and simple access to medical imaging and care for their patients.

“The Vscan Extend provides this expanded care, and will enable traditional ultrasound users in addition to reaching new and emerging users to help improve patient care around the world.” 

Vscan Extend is commercially available in Europe, and is expected to be launched in the US by the end of this month.

Last November, GE Healthcare launched a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

The company's magnet technolgy, dubbed Freelium, is designed to use one percent of liquid helium compared to conventional MRI magnets. It will use only 20 liters of liquid helium rather than the average 2,000 liters.

Image: GE Healthcare’s new Vscan Extend dual-probe ultrasound device. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.