SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AIStand?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#AIStandlt;/agt;–EchoNous,
an innovator focused on delivering intelligent medical tools, announces
the release of EchoNous
Bladder™, a highly reliable, all-electronic, non-mechanical, bladder
scanning tool for nurses. To help nurses quickly determine bladder
volume of patients, EchoNous Bladder combines data-rich fanning, a
state-of-the-art algorithm using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs),
and a higher-quality, ruggedized probe design. The tool will further
separate EchoNous from conventional bladder scanners, particularly in
treating pregnant and postpartum patients.
“We believe the status quo in bladder scanning was not good enough for
nurses or their patients. Our world-class team of ultrasound engineers
and machine learning scientists have remained focused on moving beyond
the 30-year old probe technology being used today in bladder scanning,”
said Niko Pagoulatos, PhD, Chief Operating Officer of EchoNous. “While
the entire ultrasound industry abandoned mechanical probes in the late
1980s, conventional bladder scanners have continued on with this
outdated technology. We decided it was time to raise the bar for this
The all-electronic EchoNous Bladder eliminates all moving parts,
bringing a whole new level of reliability and durability as proven
during the company’s internal three-foot drop tests. Using a fanning
motion to gather the maximum amount of data, this tool enables nurses to
make more informed clinical decisions based on a far more complete
picture of the bladder.
Critical to the deep learning algorithms used to improve measurement
accuracy in machine learning-driven ultrasound tools is the larger
amounts of data required to “feed” the AI algorithms – well beyond the
levels of data that traditional “point & click” bladder scanners offer.
The higher levels of data captured by AI-driven medical tools can help
raise actual performance for more precise measurements on real patients
versus bladder phantoms. However, the key is extracting more data when
these new algorithms are utilized.
EchoNous Bladder is designed to be smoothly fanned from hip to hip, as
the probe is lightweight and comfortable to hold. Additionally, engaging
on-screen prompts, along with short video clips help nurses acquire
bladder volume with just a few taps on the screen.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, EchoNous, a KKR portfolio company,
is developing an expanding family of intelligent medical tools to help
healthcare professionals solve common everyday problems in healthcare.
Beginning with the EchoNous Vein vascular access tool and the EchoNous
Bladder scanner, the company is applying a layer of artificial
intelligence to extreme miniaturized ultrasound to provide nurses,
doctors and clinicians with high-quality, easy-to-use tools simplifying
the task at hand. CEO and industry innovator Kevin Goodwin and EVP, COO
& CIO Niko Pagoulatos, PhD, a prolific engineering leader, together
direct the company based on decades of successful experience and new
category creation in the ultrasound industry. For more information,
Caution: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to sale by or on the
order of a physician.
ChangeUp Advisors for EchoNous