GE Healthcare will test a pocket sized, hand-held ultrasound product, called Vscan, with hospitals in Spain and Italy.

The device will enable physicians to have an immediate view inside the body to help confirm what they feel and hear during an exam, according to the Waukesha, Wis.-based vendor. Intensive care specialists, for instance, could use Vscan to identify fluid around the heart and cardiologists could see how well the heart is pumping.

Testing will occur at five hospitals in Italy associated with the University of Naples and at several USP Hospitales sites in Spain.

--Joseph Goedert

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