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Scanners could accelerate COVID-19 diagnoses (Dr. Oron Frenkel, SPH)

Clarius pocket ultrasound scanner (Photo credit: Times Colonist)

50 Burnaby-made scanners to be deployed in “rural” B.C.

UBC researchers say rural B.C. doctors will be among the first to use a network of 50 portable, handheld ultrasound scanners that could help accelerate COVID-19 diagnosis.

A UBC news release said a further 30-plus scanners would be distributed to urban acute care sites managed by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). An updated Providence Health Care release said 32 scanners would be distributed to Lower Mainland acute care sites.

Also on the project are Dr. Oron Frenkel, an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at UBC’s faculty of medicine; Purang Abolmaesumi, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Robert Rohling, professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering.

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