73% of cardiologists expect to be using hand-carried ultrasound within 5 years.
Wellingborough, UK – 28th May 2008 – An extensive survey by InMedica on the use of ultrasound equipment in Western European hospitals and imaging centres has shown that 73% of cardiologists expect to be using a hand-carried system within the next 5 years.
Cardiologists expect portable and hand-carried ultrasound systems to be increasingly used in emergency situations and intensive care units, which are growing applications for ultrasound. The minuturisation of ultrasound systems has fuelled their use in new areas such as emergency care, where speed and accuracy of diagnosis is crucial.
The survey also showed that cardiologists expect their work to become more mobile in future, with bedside examinations expected to become common practice. Out-patient examinations were also expected to become much more regular. By taking ultrasound to the patient, waiting times will be reduced as all scans will not have to be referred to overstretched imaging departments. Screening and minor scans will be performed using portable equipment, often by non-imaging specialists, only referring patients to the imaging departments for in-depth scans for serious conditions. The increased use of ultrasound, particularly in new applications, will raise the overall quality of care.
Working in partnership with a number of leading equipment manufacturers, InMedica designed a questionnaire to gather direct feedback from cardiologists on the equipment they are using, the examinations they are perfoming, ways in which their systems could be improved and how their work is changing. The results of the survey are presented by InMedica in the report, “European Customer Insights – Ultrasound in Cardiology.”
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