Wireless Handheld Whole-Body Ultrasound Scanner

Clarius PAL HD3 is a wireless handheld whole-body ultrasound scanner.

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Emergency physicians attending the ACEP23 conference in Philadelphia this week will be the first to see the new Clarius PAL HD3, a wireless handheld whole-body ultrasound scanner combining phased and line arrays on a single head. This device offers superior image quality and exceptional versatility for real-time imaging of both superficial and deep anatomy at the bedside, making it suitable for a wide range of clinical applications while improving workflow continuity. It's as compact as an iPhone and works seamlessly with iOS or Android devices, ensuring easy mobility from patient to patient. Clarius PAL HD3 has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is available in the United States for 5395 USD plus 595 for the first year of membership.

"The Clarius PAL is a big breakthrough for Clarius and for clinical ultrasound in general. Integrating the phased and linear array means you only need one transducer for 95 to 99% of the studies at the bedside," says Dr. Tom Cook, an emergency physician and ultrasound educator who practices in South Carolina. "I work at a hospital with a big trauma center and being able to carry just one scanner to the bedside to get the best high-quality image to scan every part of the body in a few minutes is incredibly powerful. Everybody's very, very excited about it in my department."

With the broadest frequency range in a handheld ultrasound scanner, Clarius PAL HD3 is the only whole-body handheld scanner to deliver high-resolution images from the skin down to 40 cm of depth. Healthcare professionals can perform whole-body ultrasound exams without the need to swap devices or transport bulky systems between rooms, especially in critical care settings like the emergency room. Clarius PAL HD3 is the 11th wireless handheld ultrasound scanner in the Clarius specialty ultrasound lineup.

"The best thing about the Clarius PAL is it really does everything I need on a shift," says Dr. Oron Frenkel, an emergency physician who practices in the United States and Canada. "I don't ever have to reach for the cart to augment my practice. There is no situation that I can imagine where the scanner wouldn't be able to deliver what I need, either on the same patient, if I need to scan different parts of them during a single presentation, or going from bed to bed during a shift."

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Clarius ultrasound scanners are designed with 192 piezoelectric crystals and are widely known to deliver superior image quality.1 While most handheld scanners feature only 1 to 2 beamformers, Clarius uses the same advanced 8-beamformer processing technology used by higher-end traditional systems. This delivers up to 8 times the speed and performance of other handhelds for clear and detailed imaging to support precise and rapid assessments, ensuring accurate and timely care for patients.

About Clarius Mobile Health

Clarius is on a mission to make accurate, easy-to-use, and affordable ultrasound tools available to all medical professionals in every specialty. With decades of experience in medical imaging, the team knows that great ultrasound imaging improves confidence and patient care. Today, Clarius handheld wireless ultrasound scanners connect to iOS and Android devices, delivering high-resolution ultrasound images traditionally only available with bulkier, high-end systems at a fraction of the cost.

Sam Draper
October 13, 2023

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