In recent years, handheld ultrasound has rapidly developed and become popular with various new products emerging, making it overwhelming for doctors who are eager to own one. They hope to use it to better assist their clinical work, improve diagnosis and treatment, enhance work efficiency, and reduce diagnostic errors. So what kind of handheld ultrasound is the best, and how can you choose a handheld portable ultrasound product that is suitable for yourself and has the highest cost performance?
Although handheld ultrasound is very small, its functionality is very powerful. Typical ultrasound functions, including application selection, image adjustment, puncture guidance line, image playback and storage, measurement calculation, patient information, and reports, are all available. There are even some high-end functions that are not commonly found on typical ultrasound, such as vascular positioning, and soon-to-be-released needle tip imaging enhancement and magnetic navigation functions.
Traditional ultrasound checks require different probes for different depths and locations, such as a convex array probe for abdominal examination, a linear array probe for shallow surface examination, an intra-cavity probe for uterine examination, and a phased array probe for heart examination. The dual-head series probes of handheld ultrasound, both ends of one probe are sound heads, which can simultaneously combine two probes to achieve the functions of two probes. Even the latest models have achieved the function of phased array probes on convex array probes using the latest technology, resulting in one machine with three uses (convex array, phased array, and linear array).
Handheld portable ultrasound is equipped with ultrasound APP software installed on smart terminals such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to achieve software functions. Therefore, it can use these smart terminals to realize more powerful functions. Networking communication is also very convenient, making it easy to achieve data networking and remote diagnosis, unlike traditional ultrasound being information-isolated, which is difficult to communicate with the outside world. The display screen is also very flexible, and different screen sizes of smartphones, tablets, and computers can be used depending on the application needs. In terms of storage capacity, the storage space of smartphones, tablets, and computers is generally very large, and can easily be stored on remote cloud servers.
Handheld ultrasound has extremely excellent performance. In addition to a clear image, it runs very smoothly, especially since it has adopted unique WiFi transmission technology and 5G WiFi bandwidth. Although the handheld portable ultrasound probe is wirelessly connected, there is no stutter or delay in the image, and the frame rate speed is not different from typical wired ultrasound. The battery life can also reach 3-5 hours, and supports wireless charging, making it convenient to charge during scanning gaps. It is also better in terms of stability, reliability, and water resistance since the sound head is fixed-sealed instead of being made in a plug-and-play form.
The quality of handheld portable ultrasound is also very reliable with excellent stability. It can maintain good performance even with prolonged use, and daily use will not encounter running stutter or freezing problems. Even the built-in battery has a long service life thanks to the use of good batteries, and the software has been optimized for many years and is very mature and stable.
The handheld portable ultrasound adopts a design where the host and probe are integrated into one product. The whole product is only slightly larger than a traditional ultrasound probe and about the same size as a phone, and weighs only 200g. The probe is wirelessly connected to the smartphone, tablet, or computer that displays the image via WiFi, making it very convenient and easy to carry and operate.
In addition, it is simpler and more intuitive than traditional ultrasound in terms of its interface and operation procedures, designed to specifically meet the needs of clinical, primary care, and emergency applications. The simple and convenient operation interface makes the user experience very good, and it is easy to use.