According to recent research, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) — also called peripheral arterial disease — affects about 15% of the Australian population. The sad part is that even though PVD is a reliable indicator of cardiovascular mortality, it is still under-recognised and undertreated. Part of the problem lies in misdiagnoses that are partially attributed to the backlog of patients in most healthcare facilities. However, recent advancement in ultrasound technology is changing the playing field, thanks to point-of-care vascular ultrasound. The portable ultrasound devices allow ultrasound technologists to conduct vascular ultrasound imaging on the go. That said, it requires a keen eye and expertise to find the right device. This article highlights vital capabilities that a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) device must exhibit to offer quality imaging.
Traditionally, vascular ultrasound devices have always featured a chord connecting the transducer to the monitor and control panel. The system relies on electrical pulses produced by body organs to determine the current state of affairs in the body area in question. However, the cables are susceptible to external environmental elements that might distort the electric pulses sent to the monitor. For instance, if the wire on the ultrasound machine twists, it will create static electricity that interferes with data signals. It is for this reason that portable POCUS devices with wireless capabilities prove a worthy investment. The absence of a cable ensures that data reaching the monitor is not distorted in any way. Consequently, it leads to accurate imaging and faster diagnosis.
Quality High-Definition Imaging
If you are given a paper picture of the human body, it is easy to identify the different organs because of clear distinctions. However, when looking at the internal organs through an ultrasound device, the stakes are high. The images can be confusing even to the untrained eye, and that is why vascular ultrasound technologists need quality imaging. Unfortunately, not every portable vascular ultrasound device has high-definition imaging capabilities. You should, therefore, make sure that you only purchase a mobile vascular ultrasound device that only produces HD images. The devices provide sharp and clear images necessary for easy identification of anomalies in the vascular anatomy.
Friendly User Interface
There is no doubt that ultrasound reading is overwhelming. A lot lies in the vascular ultrasound technologist's ability to use the device appropriately and interpret the data accurately. Therefore, it is essential that technologists spend as little time learning the controls on the device. A friendly user inter ensures the physician can conduct scanning with relative ease. Moreover, the easier it is to navigate the vascular ultrasound software, the more acceptable the device will be to other physicians. Consequently, wait times at a health facility will reduce.