You may have heard little about Samsung Medison but you should now have some interest in it since it is out to revolutionize the devices used in healthcare. Their latest product is the UGEO PT60A, a ultrasound system that is based on a 10.1 inch tablet.
Why a tablet? The portable nature of tablets makes them the right choice for a Point of Care system. Samsung Electronics and Samsung Medison came together and combined their strengths to come up with the UGEO PT60A. The former has vast experience in consumer electronics and the latter in medical devices and particularly ultrasound technology and the convergence of the two bore the new system which is aimed at all Point of Care terminals in health facilities.
The tablet has an LED display and the whole unit boasts of several unique features like:
- Needle Mate — enables users to check the real-time location of the injected needle on the screen, increasing accuracy and safety during surgical operations such as anesthesia and nerve block.
- Image processing technology — reduces unnecessary noise and provides a high-quality display that clearly captures patients’ body parts.
- Auto IMT — automatically measures the thickness of the common carotid artery, helping to diagnose the possibility of stroke and cardiac disorder.
The device was first showcased in March at the 2013 Europe Congress of Radiology in Austria and is now ready for the market after being approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA, curiously, its not the FCC as is usually the case with our mobile devices) and is currently being showcased to the American Society of Anaesthesiology (ASA) annual meeting at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.