Tools of the trade: Clarius ultrasound

wireless ultrasoundby Dr Sophia Ke, Heathmont Animal Hospital, VIC

Clarius is a handheld, wireless ultrasound. Our practice never had an ultrasound unit prior to purchasing this one a few months ago. Initially, I was a little concerned about how much we would use it but it has exceeded expectations.

What’s good about it

The images are displayed via an app on virtually any digital device. The image quality is excellent and comparable to more expensive machines. Traditionally, vets have had to lug around large ultrasound devices for home or farm visits, but Clarius only weighs about 550g .

It works very well at detecting things such as free abdominal fluid, larger masses and bladder stones. It’s also great for assessing organs, examining superficial masses, and determining pregnancy status.

The unit is battery-powered and it comes with a spare battery. We mainly use it for fast scans of 20 to 25 minutes and the battery has plenty of charge to last that long.

The unit and the battery are both 100 per cent waterproof which makes it incredibly easy to clean. The results are uploaded to cloud-based storage when there is an internet connection. They can then be emailed, downloaded or saved to our own system.

What’s not so good

It only scans up to a depth of 15cm, which is sufficient for small animals but may not be as useful for large animal work. The Clarius doesn’t measure volume yet but you can measure size and work it out.

Where did you get it

Clarius 

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