Siemens Acuson P10 handheld ultrasound evaluated for range of clinical
17 December 2009
An evaluation of the Acuson P10 ultrasound system from Siemens
Healthcare suggests that use of the handheld unit may reduce the number
of people referred for full ultrasound examinations.
The evaluation was carried out by KCARE for the UK Centre for
Evidence-based Purchasing (CEP), part of the Policy and Innovation
Directorate of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, now part of Buying
The evaluation also
highlights particular benefits in cardiology, obstetrics and emergency
triage due to its portability.
The P10 is a unique handheld ultrasound system small enough to fit
into a coat pocket and weighing just 700 grammes. Its versatility can
expand the boundaries of ultrasound imaging as it enables examinations
to take place at the patient’s bedside, in GP practices and in trauma
Its role in cardiology could assist initial referral or assessment on
ward rounds, providing basic information without the need to perform a
full echocardiogram. Similarly, use in obstetrics could provide
clinicians with quick information without the wait for a full ultrasound
scan. Application in emergency situations could confirm ruptured aortas,
assess cardiac motion or investigate free fluid at trauma scenes or in
the A&E department.
“The P10 offers a low cost, portable solution to assist frontline
health professionals,” states Declan Dunphy, Ultrasound Product Manager
at Siemens Healthcare. “The portability of the P10 opens the door to
wider application in the traditional hospital environment, extends into
primary care settings and introduces a new imaging resource at frontline
The KCARE report includes feedback from UK users of the P10 who
assessed its clinical suitability, cost effectiveness and likelihood of
reducing referrals for a range of clinical applications. Responses were
positive overall with 10 second start-up time, portability and
reliability particularly well rated.