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4 Ways Point-of-Care Ultrasound Improves Patient Care

More and more healthcare professionals are recognizing ultrasound imaging’s full potential.

The healthcare world long has known ultrasonagraphy’s wide range of applications – in obstetrics, gastroenterology, urology, and many more disciplines.  What is changing rapidly is exactly how and when this evolving technology is used.

No longer is ultrasound imaging capability limited to large devices on wheels that are dedicated to specific units. Now the diagnostic power of ultrasonography can be held in the palm of any healthcare professional’s hand.

Here are four ways that personal, portable, point-of-care ultrasound improves patient care.

Faster diagnosis: While stethoscopes are incredibly useful in identifying abnormal sounds in the heart, lungs, and elsewhere, they alone often do not provide the most complete patient picture, so to speak. Point-of-care ultrasound allows clinicians to see what’s happening beneath the surface easily, making for more informed patient assessment and more efficient diagnosis.

Stronger clinical confidence: With easy access to advanced, real-time ultrasound imaging, clinicians can be surer of their opinions or suspicions during initial assessments. That can mean time saved at this and every subsequent stage of the care process as well as reduced patient wait times.

Improved referral accuracy and workflow: By front loading valuable ultrasound imaging information, the ruling-in and ruling-out of possible medical conditions occurs earlier in the patient care process. This reduces the chance of referral error and makes for a smoother case management experience for patients and colleagues alike.

Increased patient engagement: The unique, mobile smartphone-esque design of the Sonimage P3 Portable Ultrasound Device is ideal for patients who want to be more involved in their assessment, diagnosis, and care. Physicians can share real-time images via the handheld, touchscreen display unit similar to how you might share a photo on your smartphone. It’s comfortingly familiar.

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