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Conventional bladder scanners obsolete? Handheld Ultrasound has arrived!

January 19th | 2017
Posted by: Kevin Goodwin, CEO

Conventional bladder scanners obsolete?
Handheld Ultrasound has arrived!

Bladder scanners all employ older-style motor technology that limits them to “low-density spatial sampling” of the bladder. This results in a “GIGO problem” – or garbage in garbage out – for their algorithms, which are also limited by not using state-of-the-art machine learning or computer vision techniques.

While phantoms suggest a reproducible error of +-15% for example, CBS devices do far worse in day-to-day clinical usage on widely-varying patients. CBS devices are contra-indicated for pregnant women due to the possibility of detecting amniotic fluid and are also a risk for heavily sick patients in the hospital (quite typical), as these devices can pick up abdominal fluid instead of actual bladder fluid data.

New technology offers more accuracy and clinical-grade imaging.

Hand-held ultrasound (HHU) devices for bladder & kidney care employ “high-density spatial sampling” of the bladder delivering far more accurate post-void residual (PVR) measurements and much more clinical information at the first patient encounter. This means immediate access to imaging for clinical root-cause evaluation for such issues as catheter dislodgement, non-voiding patients, hematuria, hydronephrosis and more.

Ultimately with HHU you receive faster, more accurate decision making, less nursing time and/or use of ancillary in-patient services at the bedside.

#test drive our Uscan today
#side by side challenges always welcomed


KEVIN GOODWIN

CEO

A New Place to Call Home

November 21st | 2016
Posted by: Kevin Goodwin, CEO


Redmond, WA office


Adelaide, Australia office

There have been so many great things taking place this year for us here at Signostics, including the positive feedback we’re receiving from everyone who experiences Uscan, our advanced ultrasound for bladder care. As the end of 2016 nears, we’re looking forward to an even better 2017. One thing in particular that I am especially excited about is our new headquarters building that is currently under construction in Washington state. With the space minutes from downtown Redmond, we will be located near the headquarters of other local and innovative companies, such as Microsoft, Nintendo, AT&T and Big Fin. When deciding where we wanted to locate our new home, Redmond was a standout option.

The new office in Redmond offers us the opportunity to truly customize and design our space to meet our needs. The first floor will be home to production operations and a café/kitchen that will eventually provide catered meals for our employees. The second floor will have fifty private offices, shared work stations, three conference rooms and a multi-purpose room where trainings will be conducted. Once completed, our new space will be a total of 31,000 sq ft. I’m positive this will give us enough room to continue the rapid growth we’ve seen this year.

Similar to the setup we are creating in Redmond, we have an office in Adelaide, Australia, the birthplace of Signostics. Our Adelaide office has two floors with production on the first floor and office space on the second. Combining the two floors, we occupy 7,500 sq ft. The office location is especially unique because it’s located in the Tonsley Innovation District. Tonsley is Australia’s first innovation district with a mission to create an operating environment that assists South Australian businesses in their move into global markets. Other Tonsley tenants include Siemens, Flinders University and Zen Energy. Business IT magazine has suggested that Tonsley could become Australia’s own Silicon Valley. We take pride in being a part of this amazing community.

Our company is focused on building technology that enhances medical care and our new building in Redmond will accelerate our ability to deliver innovation for healthcare providers and patients. We look forward to sharing our progress on this new adventure in the coming months!

KEVIN GOODWIN

CEO

The Uscan Difference

October 5th | 2016
Posted by: Rick Salzar, Vice President, Global Distribution

Our breakthrough in bladder care, Uscan™, is now on the market in the U.S., Australia, Europe and Japan, and we’re extremely pleased with the traction and feedback we’re receiving. In fact, one of our new customers, Urology Institute of High Desert in Apple Valley, CA, initially ordered two Uscan units, but ended up liking them so much that they ordered another one!

We believe that Uscan belongs in a class all its own, and a recent “scan off” with a conventional bladder scanner truly illustrates this point. Representatives from Signostics and Verathon were asked to train personnel at a North Carolina based hospital on the use of Uscan and Bladderscan Prime, respectively. The bladder of a nurse volunteer was scanned with both products for pre-void measurement. The nurse volunteer then voided, and the voided volume was measured. In this head-to-head testing, we are pleased to report that Uscan performed more accurately:

  • 188 mL pre-void measurement with Uscan
  • 123 mL pre-void measurement with Bladderscan Prime
  • 185 mL actual voided measurement

In talking with healthcare professionals, they have shared that conventional bladder scanners can be imprecise and that users are looking for something better. Nearly every department in a hospital uses conventional bladder scanners to measure bladder volume, yet the limited utility of these devices can lead to delays and inefficiencies in delivering optimal care. Accurate assessment of anatomy informs important clinical choices, such as whether and how long to urologically catheterize a patient.

Since Uscan acquires up to 256 slices of the bladder and applies algorithms from the science of computer vision to actively recognize the 3D contours of the bladder, we finally have the ability to put the power of peerless accuracy in the palm of healthcare professionals’ hands for more efficient and confident point-of-care clinical decision making. Our vision is to go beyond “good enough” and move towards real accuracy. That’s the Uscan difference.

RICK SALZAR

Vice President, Global Distribution

Disclaimer

The bladder volume measurement provided by the sales representative in this blog is just an example but does not reflect the actual accuracy of the device. Signostics cannot guarantee achieving this accuracy in every measurement but the device can measure Bladder volume with an accuracy of ±10% or ±10 mL, based on comparative measurements of a phantom of known volume. Please refer to device user manual.

A Breakthrough in Bladder Care

July 22nd | 2016
Posted by: Kevin Goodwin, CEO

The first half of 2016 has been an exciting time for Signostics and I wanted to find a way to communicate and connect with the people that matter the most to us – you. Our customers, our patients, our community. So I’m launching this blog to enable Signostics to provide information and share perspectives on topics and issues relevant to the ultrasound industry. We are in a dynamic time with new ultrasound innovations and products being developed, and I’m proud that Signostics is playing a leading role in this evolving field.

In May Signostics received FDA clearance for Uscan™, a breakthrough device for advanced ultrasound in bladder care. Uscan provides real-time ultrasound imaging of the bladder, kidneys, pelvic floor, prostate, gallbladder, bladder stones and urological catheter emplacement, for quick and easy visual tracking and observation. This is important as it enables clinical care team members to acquire high-definition sonographic imaging that better informs treatment decisions, streamlines workflows and ultimately supports treatment of a wider range of patients.

I like to say Uscan doesn’t just scan, it sees. Because of our unique computer vision algorithms, we’re able to recognize the 3D contours of the bladder for far more accurate volume measurements than the industry standard, even on obese and hard-to-scan patients.

We now have colleagues in the field introducing Uscan across the country, and one story illustrates what Uscan can uniquely do. Recently at a presentation at a hospital, a nurse who claimed she had a “full bladder” volunteered to have her bladder volume measured using a few different bladder scanning devices. A competitor’s handheld device first read 183 mL and then 285 mL in two consecutive scans. Another device read 389 mL. We then scanned her two times with Uscan and received 449 and 451 mL measurements. Incredibly, the nurse volunteer voided 451 mL. Her fellow nurses said, “Now that is just too amazing” and “I love it,” proclaiming they had never had access to imaging bladder volume that was so accurate and easy to use.

Now that’s what I like to hear. These types of anecdotes drive us to do more to push ultrasound innovation. We have a wonderful new tool, and our technology can eliminate the guess work often employed in urologic care, and eventually beyond. Uscan has the potential to set a new standard in ultrasound imaging.

We recently introduced Uscan to physicians at the American Urological Associations’ 2016 Annual Meeting (AUA 2016) in San Diego. We had a live demonstration of the device at the exhibit booth and received extremely positive feedback from attendees, which reinforced that Uscan is a better device that is meeting a real need from health care professionals.

I can’t wait to see what else this year brings. Thanks for reading and please stay tuned for more posts about the future of ultrasound innovation.

KEVIN GOODWIN

CEO

Disclaimer

The bladder volume measurement provided by the sales representative in this blog is just an example but does not reflect the actual accuracy of the device. Signostics cannot guarantee achieving this accuracy in every measurement but the device can measure Bladder volume with an accuracy of ±10% or ±10 mL, based on comparative measurements of a phantom of known volume. Please refer to device user manual.

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