UltraSight's software pairs with point-of-care ultrasound devices to analyze ultrasound video streams and provides users with real-time guidance on how to maneuver the ultrasound probe to obtain diagnostic quality cardiac images, such as 2D transthoracic echocardiography images.
In the study, three novice medical assistants, none of whom had any cardiac ultrasound experience, underwent an eight-hour training course before scanning 61 cardiac patients in all 10 standard echocardiography views. The medical assistants' exams successfully permitted the assessment of left ventricular size and function, right ventricular size, and presence of significant pericardial effusion in 100% of patients, the company said.
UltraSight's novel technology may enable novice users, after minimal training, to perform high-quality diagnostic echocardiographic studies, concluded Dr. Robert Klempfner, director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Institute at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, who led the study.
Ultimately, the technology has the potential to increase user adoption of point-of-care ultrasound and accelerate patient care in a variety of clinical settings, UltraSight said.
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