GE Healthcare has announced the availability of an ultrasound device that is about the size of a smart phone.

Called Vscan, the device weighs less than a pound, fits in a lab coat pocket, links to a personal computer for organization and export of data, and has a battery life of one hour, according to the Waukesha, Wis.-based vendor. It has received regulatory approval in the United States, Canada, Europe and India.

Early adopters include Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at the University of California at San Diego, and Cardiovascular Institute University Clinic San Carlos Madrid in Spain.

More information is available at http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com/_uploads/docs/vscan_faq.pdf.

--Joseph Goedert

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