SonoSite launches vascular ultrasound for emergency departments

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SonoSite, a provider of hand-carried ultrasounds, has released its S-Fast Vascular Access option, a solution for hospitals that want to incorporate ultrasound into their emergency departments to facilitate interventional emergent procedures.

Buttons, dials and menus of the S-Fast ultrasound have been stripped to the essentials. Advanced, proprietary algorithms allow emergency medicine physicians to get the optimum image by adjusting only two controls—depth and gain, according to the Bothell, Wash.-based company. The S-Fast system is based on an expandable platform so customers can add capabilities, often as software upgrades, as department requirements change.