April 17, 2024

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Exo unveils new handheld ultrasound device

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Exo unveils new handheld ultrasound device
Exo Iris handheld ultrasound system
[Image courtesy of Exo]

Exo today unveiled its Iris handheld ultrasound device for versatile imaging performance in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).

Santa Clara, California-based Exo said Iris delivers high-performance medical imaging at a fraction of the size and cost of cart-based ultrasound. The system, built on Exo’s advanced silicon technology, fits in the pockets of caregivers. It enables immediate answers at the point of care for physicians, nurses, EMTs and clinicians in emergency, acute care, outpatient and home settings.

Iris blends a simple user experience with powerful, real-time AI to provide instant answers at users’ fingertips. Exo’s patented SweepAI technology automatically acquires images with a sweep of the caregiver’s risk. The company says this reduces operator dependence and bias, ensuring consistent and accurate imaging.

Exo said it equipped Iris with its Bladder AI solution to help caregivers determine bladder volume in seconds, too. The company has plans for a suite of additional AI solutions coming soon as well. It has FDA 510(k)-pending advanced Cardiac and Lung AI suites for real-time guidance for heart and pulmonary conditions.

The company said the device, now for sale in the U.S., starts at a price of $3,500.

“Iris represents a new era of ultrasound,” said Sandeep Akkaraju, CEO and co-founder of Exo. “It’s built to perform as easily as taking an image with a smartphone. For caregivers who’ve bemoaned out-of-touch medical technology, you’ve been heard. This device is meant for you and everyone in healthcare—it will save lives, improve patient care, and lower costs. A testament to the transformative power of great design, Iris is the first of many innovations to come that will redefine the medical imaging space. We’re just getting started.”

More about the Exo Iris platform

Exo powers its Iris system with its patented pMUT-based technology, combining piezoelectric crystals with silicon’s affordability. The silicon architecture enables rapid imaging quality evolution and real-time AI capabilities.

Iris enables scanning for all major organs and guidance for IVs and line procedures. Caregivers also get access to an ultra-wide field of view for imaging up to 150 degrees. This enables the capture of an entire liver or full-body fetus in a single view.

Hospitals can easily connect Iris to existing IT systems for compliance and storage while also storing exams on Exo’s secure cloud environment. The system can also function without an internet connection, functioning in rural settings and mobile response.

With the Exo Works point-of-care ultrasound workflow solution, it seamlessly documents and reviews exams in seconds from anywhere.

Dr. Richard Popp, head of Exo’s advisory board, said the Iris system “exceeded all my expectations in the quality of its imaging.” Popp also serves as a professor of medicine (emeritus) at Stanford University.

“Exo Iris is so remarkably simple to pick up and use—the entire ecosystem is built around the POCUS user and how they want to work,” said Dr. Arun Nagdev, senior director of clinical education at Exo. “Exo Iris delivers an entirely new approach to the design of ultrasound; one that doesn’t look at ultrasound as a device-only purchase, but seamlessly brings together a complete solution that includes imaging, workflow, and real-time AI in one platform.”

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