diagnosis works on the fundamentals of Ultrasound waves. The high frequency
sound waves are emitted from the transducer. The waves hit the internal
structures and reflect upon the transducer. Ultrasound technology has been in
existence since 1970’s and it has made enormous progress over the years. The
devices have evolved from being too cumbersome and expensive to easy to use and
affordable. The ultrasound devices are used extensively in diagnostic imaging,
vascular imaging and fetal monitoring.
portable ultrasound devices are being used extensively as they are affordable,
convenient to use and easy to carry. The physicians are able to make better
decisions in crucial moments such as cardiac arrest. These devices are used in
acute care conditions such as Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Operating Room and
Emergency Room. The ability to provide faster diagnosis is important for
improved patient care while decreasing the overall cost involved. There is high
significance associated with these devices for doctors located in rural and
remote areas. Faster diagnosis can help to make better informed decisions.
technology has also boosted the uptake of portable ultrasound devices. Today,
there are companies such as GE Healthcare and Signostics which are changing the
market dynamics. The market is moving fast with the concept of miniaturization.
Companies are building products which are small, cheap and easy to use which
shall help to penetrate the individual consumer market. However, there are
issues associated with the use of these devices by inexperienced technicians
which can cause damage to the patient. The FDA is keen on promoting the use of
these devices by radiologists and experienced healthcare professionals.
demand for portable ultrasound devices is going to increase rapidly as it
reaches different consumer base such as physiotherapists, veterinary doctors
and palliative care. The portable ultrasound devices are able to provide high
resolution images at a faster rate while being affordable. As the technology
improves, the concept of mass adoption will come into the picture.