OptiGo Cardiac UltrasoundPhilips Medical Systems
In recent years a new and growing type of medical imaging called “point-of-care” ultrasound has been increasing in importance and popularity. Its premise is that there is an advantage in a physician being able to perform certain diagnostics in any setting where patients receive care – from a hospital bed to a medical office. OptiGo is one of the first products in this important category. About the size of a laptop computer, it is designed to let physicians view the heart and blood flow of a patient nearly anywhere they might be. And as is the case with all ultrasound imaging, it provides physicians with valuable information without requiring patients to undergo an invasive procedure, sedation, or exposure to x-ray.
The PI team designed the OptiGo to be a convenient, economical and technologically advanced alternative to the 500 pound, $200,000 ultrasound cart typically used in diagnosing heart conditions. Lightweight, durable and battery-operated the final iteration weighs only 7 pounds and costs healthcare professionals only $12,000. It is designed to be ideal for doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, clinics, the CCU and ICU and to be used on a physician’s hospital rounds. The laptop format uses a 6.5 inch color LCD and 2.5 MHz phased-array transducer giving a physician the capability to evaluate left ventricular function, valve function, chamber size and pericardial effusion – evaluations not always possible with a simple stethoscope.
As use of the OptiGo grows, physicians are finding that the device facilitates earlier diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment and allows tests to be selected and used more effectively. The OptiGo was a Silver IDSA Award winner in the Medical and Scientific Equipment category.