This week at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Seattle, SIemens showed off its new Acuson P10, which is the smallest ultrasound ever made.
The Acuson P10 is REALLY small and designed for quick point-of-care scans, typically for a quick screening as it boots in only about 5 seconds and is designed to fit in a lab pocket. Not your every day ultrasound. Here's a list of features from the product brochure:
• Hand-held personal imaging tool
• Fits in a lab coat pocket
• Visual reinforcement of exam findings
improves patient communication
• Optimized form factor, functionality,
and price to complement the physical
• 1.6 lbs total weight
• ~ 5-second power-up
• Excellent image quality
• Easy to use – simple, intuitive user
• Stores images and video clips for
• Improved interaction with patients
• 4-2 MHz phased array transducer ideal
for trauma and cardiac applications
The Acuson P10 is an interesting tool that they're also touting as an extension of the stethescope and designed as an extension of the physical exam. Pretty cool, although much of what it's designed for does not appear to be reimburseable.
The Acuson P10 is going through clinical trials right now and has yet to be released for sale.
From an Acuson historical perspective, the choice in naming is interesting as the XP10 was its flagship, groundbreaking product throughout the 1980s and much of the 1990s. This Acuson P10 (less the X) is its newest groundbreaking product.
...OK, so it's not that interesting, but I thought I'd note it anyway.