GE Healthcare has unveiled Vscan Extend, a pocket-sized, dual-probe ultrasound that will be commercially available in the U.S. in late January. From the hospital and ambulance to more rural environments, Vscan Extend uses advanced image quality and wireless connectivity to help users increase clinical confidence and improve patient care.

“Vscan Extend completely changes the game in how we are able to use ultrasound both inside and outside hospitals,” says Guy Lloyd, MD, clinical cardiologist and lead for echocardiography at Barts Heart Centre in London. “For the first time on handheld ultrasounds, we can pre-populate the device with images thanks to the DICOM integration, which then cascades the images through PACS, enabling seamless collaboration with colleagues in our hospital system.”

Vscan Extend, which weighs just 14.3 ounces, easily integrates with hospitals’ DICOM systems to complement existing documentation and reporting technologies along with cloud-based image storage and communication. Further, Vscan Extend is GE Healthcare’s first ultrasound system to leverage the GE Marketplace that offers applications with a range of capabilities, such as assessing heart failure patients, measuring bladder volume, and offering cloud-based image communication..

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

For more information about this technology, visit GE Healthcare.