Siemens introduces pocket ultrasound system for emergency care
2 October 2007
A revolutionary new portable ultrasound device from Siemens Medical
Systems will support medical staff in the crucial first minutes of an
emergency situation. The new system, known as Acuson P10, is a hand-held
device intended for complementary initial diagnostic care and triage,
particularly in cardiology, emergency care and obstetrics.
The flexibility and portability of the Acuson P10 can significantly
change the way diagnostic and emergency care are administered, ultimately
leading to better patient outcomes. The P10 will provide immediate
information to healthcare providers at the earliest possible intervention
points, within locations including intensive care units, ambulances and
medical helicopters. The advantages of the new system are its portability,
easy handling as well as its fast and consistent availability to the
clinician. The device is barely larger than a
Blackberry and weighs just over 700 gms.
In emergency situations, this translates into earlier, faster and more
accurate screening and triage decisions. Its emergency applications include
focused abdominal sonography for trauma (FAST) for detecting fluid,
determining cardiac activity and pericardial effusion as well as for
detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms and performing pelvic examinations.
“Instead of having to rush the patient to the technology, P10 brings the
technology to the patient, which can reduce critical minutes, particularly
when a patient is in cardiac distress or with trauma patients, who have
multiple injuries,” says Klaus Hambuechen, Head of the Ultrasound Division
of Siemens Medical Solutions.
In addition to cardiac and emergency care, the Acuson P10 offers
applications in other medical specialties, most notably obstetrics where it
can be used during labour and delivery. Specifically, the device can
determine foetal viability, foetal positioning, amniotic fluid volume,
bleeding and miscarriage. Additional applications include veterinary
The system is equipped with a colour monitor and delivers information via
a flip-up LCD display that measures 3.7" diagonally. The user interface is
optimised for 'thumbing', similar to a personal digital assistant. The
Acuson P10’s lithium ion batteries enable approximately one hour of scanning
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