Ultrasound Machine Reviews Diagnostic Ultrasound machine reviews on portable and console ultrasound machines. Includes the archive and new ultrasound machines, including video reviews of ultrasound machines.
SonoWorld This is one of the best diagnostic ultrasound sonography sites available. It includes a lot of case studies, images, equipment information, videos and more. Excellent source for all sorts of help and reference for diagnostic ultrasound. Definitely one of my favorites.
A team of professional radiologists voted that the largest threat to radiology is the use of medical imaging by physicians. We have seen a tremendous demand from physicians in anesthesia, endocrinology, vascular and vein, surgery, pain management, family practice, orthopedics, rheumatology, and many other specialties, whom are adding ultrasound to their practice in order to become more efficient.
In addition, they're finding that the reimbursement adds revenue to their bottom line, and saves their patient money (as opposed to the costs of sending the patient to a hospital or imaging center). Physicians get results on-the-spot, "point of care" results and can make a quick diagnosis. For more information on ultrasound in your practice, give me a call and I can help you find the best ultrasound... such as SonoSite, GE, or Siemens portables.
BOTHELL, Wash. — SonoSite Inc., a maker of hand-carried ultrasound devices, said Monday a patent lawsuit initiated by General Electric Co. has been resolved with the industrial conglomerate paying $21 million for royalties in exchange for a license.
GE, based in Fairfield, Conn., sued SonoSite in 2008, seeking to invalidate its U.S. patent for the hand-held ultrasonic instruments. SonoSite said at the time there was no legal basis for the lawsuit.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, GE will pay the Bothell, Wash.-based SonoSite $21 million and an ongoing royalty on U.S. sales and production of hand-carried ultrasound systems weighing less than 10 pounds in exchange for a perpetual nontransferable worldwide license, SonoSite said.
SonoSite will receive the royalties until the patent expires in 2016.
In addition, pending legal actions between SonoSite and GE, and cross-license to the other party's patents asserted in the lawsuits are dismissed, SonoSite said.
The settlement also includes a dispute resolution process to avoid help avoid litigation in the future.
In addition, the two companies agreed to form a foundation for funding clinical research, education and training of best practices for point-of-care ultrasound.
Great article linked to a PDF study by the Journal of Diagnostic Sonography (JDMS) regarding the cost-effectiveness of ultrasound versus other modalities in a number of different specialties. Good to take a read for physicians considering ultrasound systems.
Sonography More Cost Effective Than Other Modalities
A literature review published in the May/June issue of Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) compared ultrasound imaging with other diagnostic medical imaging modalities including contrast angiography, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).
The authors, S. Michelle Bierig, MPH, RDCS, RDMS and Anne Jones, RN, BSN, RVT, RDMS, wrote “The terms sonography and ultrasonography are often used synonymously with ultrasound, but the term ultrasound is the most widely used term in the published literature. This literature review uses the term ultrasound (US) because that term is overwhelmingly used in the references reflected in this article.”
In addition to evaluating the diagnostic accuracy and cost effectiveness of sonography as compared to other medical imaging methods, the study reviewed the use of ultrasound in specific clinical applications including OB/GYN, abdominal, vascular and cardiac imaging. The use of sonography in emergency medicine, disease diagnosis and cancer care was also reviewed.
The authors concluded that "The utilization of ultrasound compared to the use of alternative imaging methods leads to increased cost efficiency in the diagnosis and management of patients."
"Look at this," the anesthesiologist said to his colleague, "it'll give you a good idea of what you need to see when you're performing the needle-guided injection."
The doctor had just pulled out his iPhone. But not to make a call or show a picture of a family. He was showing a demonstration of a complicated medical procedure on an app called SonoAccess from SonoSite. It's iPhone app designed for point-of-care physicians to learn and visualize the many new and emerging applications for ultrasound.
I had the app, too, but hadn't taken a look at it. However, I had just finished training these six anesthesiologists at a local hospital on the SonoSite MicroMaxx portable ultrasound. In the training, we weren't able to do an injection on a live patient, so he pulled out this cool little iPhone app and "wowed" his audience. Obviously, it's no replacement for practice, but it allowed the doctor to provide a good visual of this ultrasound procedure.
I delved into it more and thought I'd share my thoughts here.
Overall, the app is easy to use. On the first load it asks you for minimal contact information, then you're in.
It opens to the "coach" section, which is tailored to the preferences, or "specialty" that you set up in your profile.
The videos are separated by specialty and product. It provides some cool training videos on their products, which are typically a better, visual version of their quickstart guides (also found on the app in text form). However, getting to the videos isn't entirely intuitive. Say you're going to take a look at a video in the "coaches" section... to get there, you'll click on the bottom-left icon that says "coach". Find the video that you want, then click on it. On the left, it shows as a picture of the video or a generic, unspecified document with text describing what you came to see. There's no "click here" or anything of the sort. So, to get to the video, just click on the image or text and you'll get what you need.
Not all videos are created by SonoSite, although a good portion of them are. And it appears not all images in the videos are SonoSite machines in use. Some of these videos are provided by a cool site called SoundBytes. This site, while it states it is subscription-based, also allows you to view free informational videos on various ultrasound procedures. They're informative and helpful videos that are wonderful to help in identifying structures, issues, and landmarks. There are videos on tendons, lower and upper extremity, DVT, pelvic, echo, and many other applications.
The next icon on the SonoAccess app takes you to "cases", which also links to many videos and articles on ultrasound scanning. The videos are helpful, however, many of the documents are quite difficult to read on the iPhone. They're PDF files that are also available on SonoSite's website, and you can look into the SonoSite Virtual classroom. It's much easier to read the documents on a larger computer screen than pinching-and-scrolling on the iPhone. It hurts your eyes. The SonoSite virtual classroom can be frustrating to navigate, but you'll eventually get what you need.
The next icon takes you to "images", which is quite self-explanatory. It's a good resource and saves the effort of running to a computer and evaluating case-studies. In fact, these ultrasound images and videos are quite convenient for those moments in-between cases when you're not quite sure when you'll be needed. You can view them anywhere so long as you have an internet connections (videos and images are downloaded from the internet, not stored on the phone itself).
The last information icon is "guides." Again, while the information is helpful, it's really tough to read on the iPhone. These are PDF files that are already available at SonoSite, so you're really better off looking at them there. It can be really frustrating pinching-and-moving the screen to try and view the document in a font that doesn't require an eagle's eyesight.
These guides include some good information, so don't ignore them. There are very good resources that SonoSite provides on its ultrasound machines (including quick guides), and ultrasound reimbursement info, which seems to be information that is hard-to-get oftentimes. Note that the reimbursement info is based on the national unadjusted physician fee schedule, so it will just give you a good idea of what to expect. There's also good information on these pages regarding other fees and procedures.
Overall, an excellent app that is stable and very informational. SonoSite really stepped ahead of the other manufacturers here by allowing its vast research and resources to be available to the general public. Nice work. Get it here.
Scanning Techniques The Scanning Technique Videos are designed to provide expert techniques and tips for point-of-care ultrasound applications.
Video Case Studies
The Video Case Studies provide an in-depth look into specific cases that you may encounter in your practice.
Clinical Image Gallery
The Clinical Image Gallery is designed to give you a look at expert ultrasound images for anatomy recognition and as a quick comparative reference for you to compare your results to.
The Quick-Start Guides are abbreviated user manuals designed to give new SonoSite users a digital roadmap of their system's controls and features to help navigate the user interface.
The Reimbursement Guides are designed to provide general coverage and payment information for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures so you have accurate coding and billing information.