Maybe it's not fair to call it the Acuson P10, but 2 years ago Siemens offered something very similar to GE's recently FDA-cleared handheld ultrasound device and to say it's been successful would be a great exaggeration. But this unit with its iPod-like interface may be different.
The unit gets an incredible "WOW" factor because of its size and potential. However, as with the P10, in theory it's an excellent idea that would provide doctors with a great tool for diagnoses when time and portability are critical. In reality, unfortunately common sense does not always prevail.
The problem? Reimbursements. A doc or hospital isn't going to be tremendously excited about buying something they can't bill Medicare for... particularly when you can get a slightly larger ultrasound, such as the SonoSite Titan, Mindray DP6600, or GE LogiqBook XP for a few bucks more... AND there are no strings attached when billing for usage of these machines... which makes it a potential profit-center or break-even deal. Sure it's a great tool in tough situations for exams such as abdominal, cardiac (adult and pediatric), urological, fetal/OB, pediatric, and thoracic/pleural motion and fluid detection.
Even though GE is two years behind Siemens, they have the advantage of being a market leader, and the advantage of timing. GE will the press right now, a time in which the demand is increasing for handheld devices. Here's a good article from Medgadget, one of my favorite information sites
Quoted from http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2010/02/ges_vscan_worlds_smallest_portable_ultrasound_now_available_worldwide.html
GE Healthcare is finally releasing the much awaited Vscan pocket sized ultrasound. Many in the industry hope that this device offers a chance for physicians to make a move from stethoscopes to portable imaging devices, bringing advanced visualization to any examination room. The unit weighs one pound and is only 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide and 5.3 inches (13.5 cm) long, offering both standard black and white imaging, as well as colored blood flow doppler. GE is touting Vscan's size and capabilities for cardiologists to transthoracically view myocardium, pericardium, and heart valves, and for primary care physicians, as well as OB, ER, and others, to scan the liver, kidney, aorta and peripheral vessels, babies in the womb, and anything else the transducer can penetrate.
And here's a YouTube Link to a GE Vscan introduction from last year: