Handheld ultrasound scanner hits the trail

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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.

Dr. Geoff Sanz hits the trail with the Clarius handheld scanner. Photo courtesy of Clarius.Dr. Geoff Sanz hits the trail with the Clarius handheld scanner. Photo courtesy of Clarius.

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.

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