Handheld-ultrasound technology developer Clarius Mobile Health is touting the use of its scanner for a novel application: patrolling trails at a mountain resort in Canada to diagnose skiing and mountain biking injuries.
Dr. Geoff Sanz is an emergency physician who also works as a patrol hut doctor at a resort in Kelowna, British Columbia. He carries the company's pocket-sized Clarius scanner with him on his travels around the resort, using it to evaluate injured skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers.
The resort is over a mile from the nearest hospital, so being able to render a rapid diagnosis in the field is critical. The scanner helps Sanz diagnose not only those whose injuries require ambulance or air transfer, but also those with low-risk injuries who can make it to the hospital in their own vehicle.
The Clarius scanner operates on the iOS and Android platforms and is powered by a rechargeable battery that can be exchanged when running low. The system also comes in a magnesium case that enables it to withstand challenging environments. It is also water-submersible for easy cleaning and disinfection.