The Associated Press has picked up a story on the importance of portable ultrasound and its ability to see inside the body quickly and easily. it comes on the heels of the Acuson P10 release, which has been the focus of a very intense marketing campaing by Acuson.
The P10 is an interesting ultrasound, which was overlooked by many because of its size and inability to garner any reimbursements from physicians. As its being marketed, however, is for those who aren't looking for reimbursements as seen in the many articles recently released by Acuson. There's also a video released on the P10, which can be found here, the video is decent, and a fairly smart piece of "social networking" marketing we're seeing so much of these days.
Quoted from http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/health/10308007.html:
MADISON, WIS.: What if your doctor could swipe a wand over your neck and reveal whether you have hidden heart disease?
That is now possible in places other than the sick bay of the starship Enterprise.
Miniature ultrasound machines are starting to make their way into ordinary doctors' offices, where they may someday be as common as stethoscopes and EKGs. A pocket-sized one weighing less than 2 pounds hit the market last week.
Some of these devices can make images of neck arteries, which offer a ''window'' to heart arteries that cannot easily be seen. If the neck vessels are clogged, doctors know that those around the heart probably are, too, and that treatment or more testing is needed.