Bladder Scanners have become a staple among physicians that are involved in perioperative care. Using ultrasound technology, Bladder Scanners reduce the need for urinary catheterization, thus eliminating catheter-acquired urinary tract infections during perioperative care for patients that do not require any catheterization. The ability to accurately measure bladder capacity and postoperative urine retention without the use of an invasive, "in and out" catheter is a breakthrough in medical imaging technology.
MFI Medical carries a line of 3D bladder scanners from MDPro and Caresono, including the Caresono PadScan HD2 Bladder Scanner, the MDPro MP-5000 Bladder Scanner, and the Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner. Ranging from $5,500 to $8,500, all Bladder Scanners come with a two year warranty, and Caresono/MDPro estimates a 10 - 15 year lifespan for their bladder scanners with normal wear and tear. In addition to free shipping and a 2-year warranty, each Bladder Scanner comes with various features that allow for easy and accurate bladder scanning.
Caresono PadScan HD2 Bladder Scanner
The Caresono PadScan HD2 Bladder Scanner is a "pistol" style, handheld scanner, featuring a compact design and LCD touchscreen. This $5,500 unit is portable and has a battery life of approximately 3.5 hours. The unit has two scan operation modes, easy and expert, as well as distinct patient styles provided for men, women, and children. This bladder scanner does not need to be calibrated due to the patented core technology within.
MDPro MP-5000 Bladder Scanner
Coming in at the same $5,500 price point, the MDPro MP-5000 Bladder Scanner is not handheld, but is still lightweight and easy to transport. This simple-to-operate scanner has a 8.4" LCD touch screen and features an internal memory to store and review images and patient data. The software found inside the MP-5000 can be upgraded online with ease and this unit will require yearly calibration.
Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner
At $8,500, the Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner is a compact "pad" style unit with a built-in thermal printer. The unit uses the Caresono Bladder Scan Algorithm, which is cutting edge technology in bladder volume calculation. In addition to the 3D bladder image projection, this unit features a double ultrasonic images display. Like the HD2, this scanner's patented core technology means no calibration is needed.
Choosing a 3D Bladder Scanner
If compact size is a top priority, consider the Caresono PadScan HD2 Bladder Scanner or the Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner. The HD2 is a good bladder scanner for basic scans, but it's important to note that it's more limited in menu options due to the pistol-style configuration. Additionally the head of this scanner is not removable, so it will need to be sent in for service should anything happen to it.
Will a thermal printer be helpful in day-to-day use? If so, then you'll want to look at the HD3. If storing and reviewing images is a priority, consider a unit with internal memory, like the MDPro MP-5000 Bladder Scanner. If you'll need to work closely with the unit, the larger screen size of the MP-5000 and HD3 models are ideal. For facilities in countries where French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are the dominant language, the MP-5000 and HD3 provide simple interface language changes for hassle-free use.
Another major consideration for many customers is calibration - many 3D bladder scanners will require yearly calibration, which will add up cost-wise over time. If you'd rather avoid the hassle and cost associated with yearly calibration, look for a model like the Caresono PadScan HD2 Bladder Scanner or the Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner. Both of these scanners feature patented core technology within, meaning calibration is not needed.
Both the MDPro MP-5000 Bladder Scanner and the Caresono PadScan HD3 Bladder Scanner have a feature that benefits our international customers - interchangeable language interface. Languages to choose from include English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
Ready to make the change to a 3D bladder scanner? If you're looking to invest in a bladder scanner but aren't sure where to start, get in touch with one of our medical equipment specialists to help you choose the best bladder scanner for your needs.
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