Anyone who has ever suffered from a urinary tract or bladder infection can attest that the conditions themselves are painful and disruptive to daily life. However, the diagnostic procedures associated with ongoing infection are often as painful as the conditions themselves. Fortunately, bladder scanners use non-invasive ultrasound technology to provide practitioners with virtual 3D images of the bladder. Commonly used in acute care as well as rehabilitation facilities and long-term skilled nursing environments, bladder scanners effectively prevent the need for painful urinary catheterization that poses the risk of introducing pathogens and bacteria into the bladder.
Using an ultrasound monitor and a handheld scanner, the physician or nurse can evaluate the urine left behind within a few minutes of a patient using the bathroom. Transducer gel is applied to the abdomen to reduce the impact skin imperfections can have on the wands ability to send and receive sonic waves. The handheld transducer sends out ultrasound waves into the body where they come into contact with the bladder and are received into the machine. The bladder scanner then interprets these ultrasound waves into a three-dimensional picture that can then be seen in real-time on the machine's screen. From there, images can be saved to external drives or printed for later reference. Depending on the model, many bladder scanners are mounted on portable stands that can be wheeled from one room to another or carried in a carrying case for additional portability. Some bladder scanners follow a more traditional ultrasound model with keyboard capability while others have a convenient touch screen that enables practitioners to provide scans in small spaces.
From new, medical or commercial grade bladder scanners to refurbished models, there is a bladder scanner appropriate for every clinical setting. For more information on the bladder scanner that is right for you, contact a customer service representative.