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Authors: Merkel, Daniel
Züllich, Tim Felix
Schneider, Christoph
Yousefzada, Masuod
Beer, Diana
Ludwig, Michael
Weimer, Andreas
Künzel, Julian
Kloeckner, Roman
Weimer, Johannes Matthias
Title: Prospective comparison of handheld ultrasound devices from different manufacturers with respect to B-scan quality and clinical significance for various abdominal sonography questions
Online publication date: 20-Feb-2024
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: Background: Handheld ultrasound (HHUS) devices have chiefly been deployed in emergency medicine, where they are considered a valid tool. The data situation is less clear in the case of internal questions in abdominal sonography. In our study, we investigate whether HHUS devices from different manufacturers differ in their B-scan quality, and whether any differences are relevant for the significance of an internal ultrasound examination. Method: The study incorporated eight HHUS devices from different manufacturers. Ultrasound videos of seven defined sonographic questions were recorded with all of the devices. The analogue recording of the same findings with a conventional high-end ultrasound (HEUS) device served as an evaluation criterion. Then, the corresponding findings were played side by side and evaluated by fourteen ultrasound experts using a point scale (5 points = very good; 1 point = insufficient). Results: The HHUS devices achieved relatively good results in terms of both the B-scan quality assessment and the ability to answer the clinical question, regardless of the manufacturer. One of the tested HHUS devices even achieved a significantly (p < 0.05) higher average points score in both the evaluation of B-scan quality and in the evaluation of clinical significance than the other devices. Regardless of the manufacturer, the HHUS devices performed best when determining the status/inferior vena cava volume and in the representation of ascites/free fluid. Conclusion: In various clinical abdominal sonography questions, HHUS systems can reliably reproduce findings, and are—while bearing their limitations in mind—an acceptable alternative to conventional HEUS systems. Irrespective of this, the present study demonstrated relevant differences in the B-scan quality of HHUS devices from different manufacturers.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Diagnostics
Pages or article number: 3622
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher place: Basel
Issue date: 2023
ISSN: 2075-4418
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/diagnostics13243622
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