Evaluation: GE Healthcare Vscan Extend with Dual Probe Handheld Ultrasound Scanner
September 13, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance
The GE Healthcare Vscan Extend with Dual Probe handheld ultrasound (HHUS) scanner is a good choice for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) applications. We found that the device is better suited for focused patient assessments, as opposed to comprehensive examinations, because it does not support image annotation and because, depending on the method of export, images may not display patient data or the exam date. The Vscan Extend supports B-mode, as well as color Doppler imaging (CDI), and is available in two configurations: with a phased-array sector transducer (also called a probe) for deep imaging applications such as cardiac, abdominal, and obstetrical; and a Dual Probe configuration, which has the phased-array sector transducer on one end and a higher-frequency linear-array transducer on the other end that is used for shallow applications, such as vascular, breast, thyroid, and musculoskeletal. We evaluated the Dual Probe configuration.
- The Vscan Extend HHUS scanner is intended for POCUS applications.
a) POCUS refers to the use of the technology by the treating physician or other caregiver at the POC, as opposed to sending the patient to an imaging specialist such as a radiologist.
b) HHUS scanners are also used to guide interventional...