This is an objective review of EagleView Ultrasound by Wiley, a physician specialized in pulmonology and critical care. To choose a suitable device for POCUS, he compared some ultrasound brands, such as Clarius, Butterfly, etc. Let’s see what he said as following:
Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is now a game changing survey for patients in emergency department or critical care unit. The traditional ultrasound machines provide good quality of images but they are heavy and expensive. Especially in the era of COVID-19, a portable, easy-to-use and easily disinfected ultrasound machine is a must for physicians.
Choose the one from all PORTABLE ULTRASOUND MACHINES
To choose a suitable device for POCUS, I did a review chart of the brands and portable devices in the market. As a physician, both convex probe for abdominal survey and linear probe for vessel evaluation are necessary. Sector probe could be replaced with convex probe in critical care condition so that is not so important. Wireless feature is necessary in the COVID-19 era. Price is also an issue if your hospital cannot buy one for you.
Comparison of Portable Ultrasound Machines on the Market.
|Wellue Eagleview||SonoQue||LeSono||Calrius||GE Vscan||Philips Lumify||Butterfly||Alpinion|
|Price range (USD)||3200||3200||4000||4900||4495||7000*||1999*||6000|
Due to the limited ability to review, some companies may not be included.
Comparison of the Convex Probe for POCUS Use.
|Model||EagleView||C5||Vscan air||LeSono LU700C||Lumify C5-2||IQ/IQ+||C1-6|
|PWD||V||1000 USD||–||V||US and Canada only||V|
|Scan time||4 hours||60 min||50 min||4 hours||USB||2 hours||5 hours|
|Warranty||1.5 years||3 years||3 years||?||5 years||3 years||1 year|
|Additional feature||Dual head||Military drop||SonoCT||4-foot drop compatibility|
CF: color flow; PD: power Doppler; PWD: pulsed-wave Doppler.
*199USD per month for rental, including machine and pad.
Eagleview Ultrasound Scanner Review
Smartphone sized EagleView is compact and wireless. It is a suitable device for physicians doing POCUS every day and help doctors do sono-guided interventions, such as central venous catheter insertion, pigtail insertion or sono-guided biopsies, in critical care unit.
The device I received was in a compact box, including a charger pad, brief manual and the EagleView itself. Then I did some scans on the patients and my self immediately.
Case 1: Vessel demonstration
Demonstration of the left common carotid artery and the internal jugular vein in B mode(left) and with color doppler(right). This picture is suitable for sono-guided needle placement.
These were the images obtained from a 95-year-old man who was admitted to ICU for septic shock and we need to place a central venous catheter for him.
Case 2: Pleural effusion
Demonstration of bilateral pleural effusion. The left picture shows a small amount of pleural effusion with collapsed lung, diaphragm and spleen. The right picture shows a large amount of pleural effusion, diaphragm and liver.
These images were obtained from an 80-year-old man with heart failure and general edema. Chest film showed bilateral blunt costophrenic angles. We planned to place a pigtail to drain his pleural effusion out.
Case 3: Image quality check on health subjects
To check the image quality of EagleView, we do some scans on healthy subjects.
- Thyroid survey
Thyroid and common carotid artery in B mode and with color doppler.
Thyroid isthmus and trachea.
Sagittal view of the thyroid gland.
Images of thyoid scan on a 35-year-old healthy man.
2. Abdomen review
Left lobe of liver
Right lobe of liver
Common bile duct
Images of abdominal scan on a 35-year-old healthy man.
Generally, it’s a machine worth its price and could help doctors without an ultrasound machine or with really old ultrasound machines.