EchoNous, an American company that develops medical tools for bladder and kidney care, has launched EchoNous Bladder, an electronic, non-mechanical bladder-scanning tool to help nurses quickly determine bladder volume of patients.

EchoNous Bladder combines data-rich fanning, a latest algorithm using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), and a higher-quality probe design.

The company claimed that the tool will also be helpful in treating pregnant and postpartum patients.

EchoNous CEO Niko Pagoulatos said: “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.

“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industry abandoned mechanical probes in the late 1980s, conventional bladder scanners have continued on with this outdated technology.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 application space.”

The all-electronic EchoNous Bladder does not have moving parts, ensuring reliability and durability, which have been proven during internal three-foot drop tests conducted by the company.

The tool uses a fanning motion to collect maximum amount of data, which will allow nurses to make more informed decisions based on a more complete picture of the bladder.

The larger amounts of data required for the AI algorithms compared to traditional bladder scanners are critical to the deep learning algorithms that improve measurement accuracy in machine learning-driven ultrasound tools.

Data captured by AI-driven medical tools can also increase the performance for more precise measurements on real patients.

EchoNous Bladder, a lightweight and comfortable probe to hold, has been designed to be smoothly fanned from hip to hip.

Furthermore, on-screen prompts and short video clips help nurses acquire bladder volume with just a few taps on the screen.

Pairing with EchoNous Vein as part of EchoNous’ AI Station, the new scanning tool provides nurses with the tools needed for bladder scanning and vascular access on one platform.