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FDA clears Fujifilm Sonosite POCUS technology for detection of COVID-19 indications

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | September 09, 2020
Cardiology Ultrasound



Sonosite PX made its debut on the market this summer and comes with new proprietary imaging technology for advanced image clarity, as well as a new family of transducers that are drop tested to one meter and an adaptable work surface for closer access to bedsides.

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Prior to Sonosite PX’s release, Fujifilm partnered with the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), a nonprofit founded by the American College of Emergency Physicians, on the EMF COVID-19 Research Grant program. Their aim is to conduct research that would provide knowledge for advancing emergency patient care, improving response of healthcare EMS systems, and protecting emergency medicine healthcare professionals during COVID-19 and future pandemics.

To accompany the FDA clearance of its POCUS portfolio, the company has released a comprehensive user guide that shows healthcare professionals how its POCUS technology can be used to correctly identify the most typical COVID-19 findings related to lung and cardiac conditions in ultrasound images.

With it, users can confirm that their selection of transducer, ultrasound system, exam type, and scan settings are appropriate for performing lung and cardiac ultrasound examinations; follow recommended protocols to properly place an ultrasound transducer on the patient in order to obtain optimal quality images; correctly interpret ultrasound images to recognize the most typical COVID-19 findings relating to lung and cardiac conditions; and review additional resources for healthcare professionals to learn of the most current COVID-19 information.

"Education is one of the core pillars on which FUJIFILM Sonosite was founded — no other ultrasound company is as dedicated to educating medical professionals and empowering their use point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)," said Mandavia. "We work closely with physicians, nurses, and other clinical educators to produce specialty-specific educational POCUS content, and that practice held true with our COVID-19 resource center and our more than 30-page guide specifically covering the application of POCUS for COVID-19."

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