Australian medical device firm Signostics has launched its new handheld bladder scanner, SignosRT Bladder, in Europe and the UK, including a new tablet-based version.

The portable SignosRT Bladder products are designed to use ultrasound technology to automatically and non-invasively calculate bladder volume to help reduce healthcare costs in hospitals and home-care support services.

In Australia and New Zealand, these devices have already been sold, with applications across a number of medical sectors including urology, aged care, home nursing, midwifery and palliative care.

"The portable SignosRT Bladder products are designed to use ultrasound technology to automatically and non-invasively calculate bladder volume."

Signostics Business Development (EMEA) vice-president Steven Haken said: "The SignosRT Bladder products could help save money and get patients home sooner.

"Catheterisation of patients with suspected urinary retention is a significant cause of urinary tract infections, affecting about 1.7% of hospital patients and increasing the length of hospital stays.

"Research shows using ultrasound to accurately measure bladder volume before catheterisation can reduce urinary tract infections by up to 50%, which is significant for both health providers and patients.

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"The SignosRT Bladder products addressed the growing need for mobile medical devices that enabled better diagnosis and care at the bedside."

The company said the palm-sized bladder scanner weighs less than 400g and can be easily carried by doctors and nurses anywhere.

The SignosRT Bladder tablet version is suitable for users who want a mounted solution on a pole, such as hospital wards. The company is preparing to unveil the products at the European Association of Urology (EAU) conference in Madrid.

Image: SignosRT Bladder Scanner. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.