A novel mobile ultrasound scanner works with a mobile app, providing physicians with the freedom to perform ultrasound exams anywhere, anytime.
The Clarius handheld ultrasound scanner is designed to be carried around for quick exams and to guide point-of-care procedures, such as nerve blocks and targeted injections. The device is constructed with a tough magnesium shell to withstand hospitals and other unpredictable environments, and is provided with a high quality, “point-and-shoot” simplicity similar to that of a mobile phone. Other features of the Clarius handheld scanner include automated gain and frequency settings and an intuitive user interface.
The wireless device uses a secure point-to-point network to connect to the app on the selected device (or devices), and is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. According to the developers, the affordable ultrasound solution will be able to bring ultrasound inside ambulances; will enable better women’s health in rural places; will reduce infection rates during procedures; and will enable physicians to solve health issues sooner. The Clarius handheld ultrasound scanner is a product of Clarius Mobile Health (Burnaby, BC, Canada), and is pending worldwide approval.
“Physicians have been asking for a portable ultrasound system that works with their iPhone for some time. The challenge has been to make an affordable device that is small enough to carry around and that also produces great images,” said Laurent Pelissier, chairman and CEO of Clarius Mobile Health. “We chose the name Clarius because it’s a combination of ‘Clear’ and ‘Ultrasound’. It also happens to be the name of a roman God of medicine.”