Saturday, March 20, 2010 - GE Launches Handheld Ultrasound Tool - GE Launches Handheld Ultrasound Tool: " Touted as the 'stethoscope for the 21st century,' GE's smartphone-sized ultrasound scanner is now commercially available worldwide, GE announced this week.

Dubbed the Vscan, the handheld device, which resembles a flip-up cell phone, can be purchased by physicians in the United States, Europe, Canada and India. GE hopes the tool will become part of routine care, as physicians slip it in their pocket on the way to see patients."

This is like a Star-Trek doctor's dream come true ! It will be especially helpful for cardiologist's who need to check the function of the heart at the bedside; and obstetricians who need to monitor the wellbeing of the fetus during pregnancy.

However, I think they will have major problems selling this in India. Because of the PNDT Act which closely regulates the sale of ultrasound scanners in India, it's very unlikely they will be able to get the permissions needed , because it is so small and portable !

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