We all know what regular scanning machines are. Some of us might have had to use these when we were sick and the doctor had asked for an ultrasound to be done. You must have seen these machines in the terms of what they look like. They are big in size with big screens for the doctor to view what is happening.
A revolutionary step towards redefining ultrasounds has already been taken. Now days it is possible to do scans with something called handheld scanners or portable ultrasound scanners. These are small devices capable of handling the same tasks as a regular scanning machine. These devices are the size of your palm and come without any wires attached to them. They can be carried around from one place to another with ease. The boot time of these devices is very less and hence they help in getting fast and accurate results.
These devices can be operated through smart phones by downloading softwares for it for iOS and Android, which can be got off any of the app stores. People are under the impression that ultrasound maybe used mainly for pregnancy, but no, we need ultrasounds for cardiac, gynaec, abdominal and respiratory purposes.
These devices have also been used away from hospitals in emergency situations like earthquakes and Tsunamis to treat several people in relief camps. They have helped take healthcare to the doorstep of patients. Even during big sporting events, these devices come in to be handy.
Doctors have begun to repose their faith in these devices and many of them have already begun purchasing them for their practice. The cost of these devices is cheaper than regular scanners. Handheld ultrasound scanners have proven to be as effective as regular scanners with a lot of tests being conducted on them to prove this point.