News | February 09, 2010

FDA Gives New Laptop Ultrasound 510(k)

Toshiba America Medical Systems a laptop ultrasound system called Viamo.

February 9, 2010 - Combining portability with high-end radiology features to meet the needs of a buys hospital setting, the FDA gives 510(k) clearance to a new laptop ultrasound system.

The ultrasound system has advanced radiology capabilities that according to its manufacturer, Toshiba America Medical Systems, previously were limited on hand-carried systems. The system, called Viamo, was developed from a radiology foundation and can be used to image patients at bedside, which generally requires larger, more expensive cart-based systems. The system is suited for a variety of patient exams, including general radiology, pediatric, emergency, OB/GYN and vascular, says the manufacturer.

The unit offers color flow said to be comparable to those of larger, more expensive cart-based systems: a touch-screen interface that is programmable in panel or tablet modes; and the ability to interchange Toshiba transducers while using the Viamo's transportation pole. This is offered for improved productivity and flexibility, and saves on the cost of purchasing multiple transducers.

Toshiba officially introduced at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

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