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.
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.
"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.