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Can Mobile Scanners Expand Access to Ultrasound?
Image courtesy Clarius Mobile Health

Can Mobile Scanners Expand Access to Ultrasound?

Scanners described as "almost as easy to use as the camera on your smart phone" are part of a new agreement.

Mobile health devices aim to ease healthcare, and perhaps even expand it. Clarius Mobile Health, for instance, set out to “enable more clinicians to use ultrasound to improve patient care,” the company reports on its Web site. The company then went on to develop wireless Clarius Ultrasound Scanners for scanning various parts of the body and for guiding short procedures, describing the devices as  "almost as easy to use as the camera on your smart phone." To date this year, the company has delivered more than 1600 scanners, shared Clarius CEO Laurent Pelissier in a news release.

Clarius has now entered into an agreement with Hologic Inc., it was announced. Hologic focuses primarily on improving women’s health.

“We’re very excited to partner with a company that places the same value on image quality and accuracy as we do here at Hologic,” stated Pete Valenti, Hologic’s Division President, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions. “The exceptional image quality and portability of Clarius’s ultrasound system, coupled with our industry-leading deep learning algorithms, bring us one step closer to ensuring all women have access to the breast care they need and deserve.”

Such access is greatly needed. Hologic reported that “of the 1.5 billion women worldwide who are eligible for breast cancer screening, less than 5 percent of them actually receive these critical services.”

Clarius Ultrasound Scanners are high-resolution scanners that can image wirelessly on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, including on multiple devices at one time. They utilize removeable and rechargeable batteries that provide 60 minutes of scanning. Each scanner is supplied with two batteries so that users can alternate them instead of waiting for scanners to recharge.

FDA cleared the C3 and L7 Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanners in late 2016. The Clarius C3 Tri-scanner is designed to image all parts of the body including abdomen, lungs, heart, and superficial structures; and the Clarius L7 is a high-frequency, high-resolution scanner designed specifically for guiding procedures and imaging superficial structures, the company reports.

Hologic is demonstrating the Clarius system, along with other breast and skeletal health solutions, this week at Booth #4705 at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Clarius Mobile Health is exhibiting at Booth #3553.

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