Waukesha, Wis.-based GE Healthcare has unveiled Vscan Air, a wireless pocket-sized ultrasound device that facilities whole-body scanning. This product launch follows GE’s 2010 introduction of Vscan, the first color pocket-sized ultrasound.

The Vscan Air ultrasound system enters the market as one of the smallest and lightweight handheld ultrasound devices with the advanced image quality and visualization software that Vscan family users have come to rely on for quick clinical insights.

Additional benefits include:

  • Whole-body scanning capabilities with clear image quality: Complete both shallow and deep exams effortlessly with a flip of the two-sided probe design (high frequency linear and convex transducer probe), without switching probes in-between or during clinical exams. Moreover, proprietarySignalMax technology allows for clear imaging capability of larger ultrasound machines in the palm of your hand.
  • Intuitive user interface and probe design: The design includes software presets for fast scanning, single-button probe for image capture and freezing, and intuitive set-up and scan start-up so users can pair the probe and start scanning immediately.
  • Securely share data and images:  Share auto-anonymized images with patients post-scan. After all, patient data remains within your network—not the Cloud. Store and share images securely with the systems’ DICOM® TLS 1.3 with private client and server certificate support without a monthly subscription.
  • Probe cleanability and durability: Military-grade durability standard, withstanding drops, and extreme temperatures, water exposure, and high-level disinfection techniques.
  • Maximum portability and energy savings:  The system adapts signal processing from high-end console systems into a custom miniaturized chipset. The result is a compact device that delivers high-intensity ultrasound signals, enabling high-quality imaging and achieving 77% power reduction compared to off-the-shelf Analog Front End components.

“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, says Anders Wold, president and CEO of global ultrasound at GE Healthcare.

“The Vscan Air exemplifies customer-driven innovation that enables more personalized care for patients worldwide,” Wold adds. “We pioneered handheld ultrasound when we brought the first pocket-sized ultrasound with color 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.”