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GE Healthcare recently launched a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system, as well as an industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) offering for cardiac imaging on the Venue and Venue Go.

The offering, called the Venue Fit, is the smallest system in GE’s Venue Family. The system features a touchscreen, scanning tools, and a small footprint designed to fit in tight spaces generally found in point-of-care settings.

The Venue Fit and associated AI were introduced at a time when clinicians relied on point-of-care ultrasounds to combat over 127 million COVID-19 cases worldwide.

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Although its smaller, Venue Fit has the same image quality and real-time documentation software that can save time and boost overall confidence, the announcement stated.

GE’s AI offering, Venue Go and Venue ultrasound systems, will offer an industry-first AI tool for cardiac scanning with an integrated quality indicator and real-time entity framework (EF).

The company stated that it saw orders for Venue Go increase over fivefold in 2020 compared to the year prior.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on my practice as we’re currently seeing a surge in the emergency department, and I’ve been taking my Venue Go with me everywhere I go,” Joseph Minardi, MD, chief of the division of emergency and clinical ultrasound and director of the center for point-of-care ultrasound at a West Virginia academic medical center, said in the announcement.

“With the new Venue tools, I don’t have to struggle with the interface to be efficient. I can bring the device in with me, scan the patient, and using the Lung Sweep and RealTime EF (ejection fraction), I have the information I need right away,” Minardi continued.

GE’s new release also included software applications.

For example, RealTime EF is the industry’s first AI tool that calculates the heart’s real-time ejection fractions during live scanning. The tool also provides an integrated quality indicator that helps users know when they have an adequate view to generate accurate measurements of critical cardiac measurements. 

Overall, the tool can help to reduce the need for ECG’s and support clinical confidence. 

Second, Lung Sweep is a rapid visualization tool that provides a panoramic view of the lung. The tool activates at the start of each sweep when the probe is tapped on the body and deactivates at the end of each sweep when the probe is lifted.

The Auto B-lines tool can be used simultaneously with Lung Sweep to highlight B-lines over a panoramic view and display the frame with the most B-lines per rib space, the announcement highlighted.

And, finally, the Renal Diagram is a simplified documentation tool that allows clinicians to select labels from a prepopulated list that correlates with the images captured. 

This makes it easy for other clinicians to follow up with patients that have suspected kidney infection, GE stated. 

“This past year we’ve seen point of care ultrasound take a prominent place at the bedside for clinicians, driven by its intuitive design and AI-powered diagnostic prowess,” said Dietmar Seifriedsberger, general manager of point of care ultrasound at GE. 

“Understanding healthcare’s growing resource constraints and the challenges of today’s world, we’re expanding our Venue Family and offerings to help improve our customer’s workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence,” Seifriedsberger continued.