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Health Topic Cardiovascular diseases, Maternal mortality, Child mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Commercialized
Location Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Problem being addressed[edit]

The use of ultrasound machines is a common, non-invasive way to diagnose a variety of cardiovascular diseases. However, the expense of one of these machines, plus the cost to operate and maintain it, is not an option for most developing countries. Additionally, a trained technician is necessary for operation. There is a need for an alternative method to diagnose cardiovascular diseases.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The Vscan is a small, handheld device that is the size of a smartphone with powerful ultrasound technology. It has a small screen that shows images picked up by a small attached wand. It is a quick, non-invasive way to scan a patient's organs or a fetus.

Created by[edit]

  • Created by: GE Healthcare
  • A link to there website is available here

Where it is sold[edit]

The Vscan is sold in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and India.

Funding Source[edit]

This project received internal funding.


Peer-reviewed publication[edit]

Frederiksen, C. A., Juhl-Olsen, P., Larsen, U. T., Nielsen, D. G., Eika, B., & Sloth, E. (2010). New pocket echocardiography device is interchangeable with high-end portable system when performed by experienced examiners. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, 54(10), 1217-1223.

Externally generated reports[edit]

Ostrovsky, G. (2010, February 16). medGadget. Link available here.

Internally generated reports[edit]

A feature by GE of the Vscan is available here

Facts about "Vscan"
Has imageFile:Vscan.jpg +
Medical Device ClassificationDiagnosis +
Medical Device LocationAfrica +, Asia +, Europe +, North America + and South America +
Medical Device ScopeCommercialized +
Medical Device TopicCardiovascular diseases +, Maternal mortality + and Child mortality +