GE unveils handheld ultrasound machine

October 21, 2009 By RACHEL METZ , AP Technology Writer

In this photo relesed by General Electric, GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt unveils GE Healthcare's new Vscan, a pocket-sized ultrasound device, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/General Electric)
(AP) -- The future of ultrasound technology, as interpreted by General Electric Co., looks a bit like a flip phone crossed with an iPod.

GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled a handheld ultrasound machine at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco Tuesday called the Vscan, saying it could become the "stethoscope of the 21st century."

The device folds open clamshell-style to reveal a small screen on the top half and a circular button pad on the bottom. A small attached wand can be used to generate a noninvasive scan of a patient's organs or of a fetus.

The Vscan is aimed in part at primary care doctors, who could use it instead of sending patients to get an ultrasound at a specialist's office. It could also be used by doctors in remote regions without access to hospital equipment.

Immelt said that the device, which will be available sometime next year, will be "very digitally capable" but that it will not have Wi-Fi access to wirelessly transmit ultrasound images.

The cost of the device is unknown.

During the summit, Immelt declined to elaborate on the possibility that Fairfield, Conn.-based GE will sell a stake in its NBC Universal entertainment division to cable TV operator Comcast Corp. or any other company. He said that GE is "comfortable" with the division.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: GE plans to invest $6B to lower health care costs

Related Stories

GE plans to invest $6B to lower health care costs

May 7, 2009

(AP) -- General Electric Co. said Thursday that it will invest $6 billion over the next six years in an attempt to lower the cost of health care and improve the quality of medical care in underserved regions of the United ...

Comcast looks to future in bid for NBC Universal

October 2, 2009

(AP) -- Years ago, Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts was asked at a conference what kept him awake at night. His answer: A new technology that would severely hurt the cable TV business.

Comcast exploring stake in NBC

October 1, 2009

(AP) -- Comcast Corp. is in negotiations to buy 20 percent to 50 percent of NBC Universal, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

GE to open advanced tech center in Michigan

June 26, 2009

General Electric announced plans Friday to open an "advanced manufacturing technology and software center" in Michigan that could create more than 1,100 job in the coming years.

Computer model improves ultrasound image

November 4, 2008

Doctors use diagnostic sonography or ultrasound to visualise organs and other internal structures of the human body. Dutch researcher Koos Huijssen has developed a computer model that can predict the sound transmission of ...

Recommended for you

Privacy becomes a selling point at tech show

January 7, 2019

Apple is not among the exhibitors at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, but that didn't prevent the iPhone maker from sending a message to attendees on a large billboard.

China's Huawei unveils chip for global big data market

January 7, 2019

Huawei Technologies Ltd. showed off a new processor chip for data centers and cloud computing Monday, expanding into new and growing markets despite Western warnings the company might be a security risk.

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

DeeWizard
not rated yet Oct 21, 2009
This will be a wonderful tool for 3rd world medical missions.
Yelmurc
5 / 5 (1) Oct 21, 2009
They'll make a iphone app and sell the attached wand. Then the deceive could be cheaper and also have wifi and 3g capabilities.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.