Driven by the idea that handheld ultrasound can be the modern day version of the stethoscope the POC (point of care) ultrasound market is exploding. GE, Fuji and a rash of other venders have rushed in with products. Ultrasound is an growing and important imaging modality with the advantage of not using ionizing radiation. However the clinical efficacy of POC ultrasound hasn't been proven. This article notes the challenges of POC Ultrasound and believes smaller mobile ultrasound is the answer, not hand-held units. In Ultrasound size does matter.
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