Innovation has allowed ultrasound systems to be uniquely simplified, so that scans can be performed faster without compromising image quality and accuracy. A good example of this is Philips Sparq for critical care, which has automation features capable of identifying tissue type and to continuously adjust image gain while scanning, saving invaluable time. The equipment also benefits from needle visualization, a needle guidance technology, which allows for safer procedures.14
Smaller handheld devices, such as Lumify with Reacts, the first integrated tele-ultrasound, have taken portability, accessibility and high-quality image results to the next level. The integrated platform allows professionals to collaborate, real-time, regardless of geographical location. The benefits? With quick and easy collaboration, diagnosis can be reached with more confidence – especially helpful for trainees seeking further expert guidance. Recent news already demonstrates the impact Lumify with Reacts has had in remote areas of countries like Kenya and the Dominican Republic, where access to care can be limited.
As more and more professionals become adept to point-of-care technology, it’s likely that in the near future, educational committees worldwide will not only classify POC ultrasound as mandatory but will also provide ways through which point-of-care ultrasound can be seamlessly integrated into the medical curricula in a standardized form. 15 This is particularly relevant to the prevention and control of infection during emergency procedures where point-of-care ultrasound has become an essential aid. With training consensus and hospitals’ adherence to this technology, patients can continue to experience the benefits of point-of-care ultrasound.