Clarius Ultrasound Used to Scan Silicone Breast Implants for Silent Rupture Study Published in Plastic Surgery Journal

Historically, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) for silicone gel implants to screen for silent rupture at 5 to 6 years after implantation, and yet, less than 5% of patients have complied due to the high cost and inconvenience of screening. With the FDA adding ultrasound in recent years for screening breasts to detect silent ruptures, we are seeing increased interest in point-of-care ultrasound among plastic surgeons, who can now immediately scan concerned patients rather than sending them away for an MRI.

An early adopter and renowned expert, Dr. Marc Salzman is a plastic surgeon based in Kentucky who has been using ultrasound at his plastic surgery practice since 2012. Concerned about the lack of screening for ruptured implants, he has been spearheading a study that screened 584 women over the past two years using the Clarius L7 HD handheld ultrasound as a low-cost and convenient rapid screening method. His article about the study was recently published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.

Highlights from Silent Rupture Study


  • Screenings took place at nine private practices where plastic surgeons, registered nurses, and certified medical assistants received 1-day training with the Clarius L7 handheld ultrasound and an iPad.
  • Suspect scans conducted by less experienced screeners were reviewed by experienced plastic surgeons.
  • Scan results were correlated with results from surgical findings.
  • Women were surveyed about their feelings about silent ruptures.


  • The results indicated that women feel concerned about possible silent ruptures.
  • 82 of the 584 women screened indicated implant ruptures (14%).
  • Of the women who underwent surgery, 10.6% were confirmed to have ruptures.
  • 87.8% of women whose scans indicated a rupture said they would remove the ruptured implant within 12 months.
  • Almost 100% said they would get future ultrasound screenings for silent rupture.

While the study was conducted with clinicians who received only one day of training, Dr. Salzman has never been surprised in the operating room. Through years of experience, Dr. Salzman has developed a point-of-care ultrasound breast scanning protocol for effective implant screening. Dr. Salzman currently uses the Clarius handheld ultrasound scanner every day. Watch his 7-minute interview to learn why he believes ultrasound is essential for every plastic surgeon.

New HD3 Handheld Ultrasound Scanner and Advanced Software for Breast Screening

Thank you, Surgical Times for spreading the news about our 10 new Clarius HD3 ultrasound scanners that are now available across several continents. The Clarius L7 HD3 and Clarius L15 HD3 are both suitable for breast screenings. The Clarius Advanced Breast Package is an optional add-on offering streamlined workflow and optimized applications for diagnostic examinations and interventional procedures.

Contact us today or request an ultrasound demo to see how high-definition imaging can help you improve safety and deliver consistent patient outcomes in your plastic surgery practice.

[VIDEO] Why Ultrasound Is the New Breakthrough in Aesthetic Dermatology Internationally

Dr. Ines Verner is an Aesthetic Dermatologist based in Tel-Aviv with more than 20 years of experience performing aesthetic procedures. She is a renowned speaker at industry conferences and is considered a key opinion leader in her field. Dr. Verner was a member of the international scientific committee and advisory board for AMWC 2021, held in Monaco, where she presented on the popular topic of “Ultrasound mapping to prevent filler complications.”

We recently had the good fortune to interview Dr. Verner about her experience with Clarius ultrasound, which she has been using for about a year. Watch her video interview or read the highlights from our conversation below.

What are your observations about the growing use of ultrasound for aesthetic procedures?

“It’s a breakthrough in the field. We’ve learned quite a lot in recent years about the anatomy of the face, of the neck, also of the body and we’re doing more and more aesthetic treatments. And we’ve been doing them blindly. So, we inject blindly nearly all the time. And I think that once we have the ultrasound, we can inject knowing where we’re going and also not to inject where we don’t want to inject. It’s a game-changer for the industry.”

When do you think ultrasound is indicated for aesthetic procedures?

“There are actually three main indications:

1. To visualize the filler or to visualize if the patient is coming with a problem. Some patients don’t remember where they’ve had fillers. Sometimes the filler can actually move from one area to another.

2. To prevent intravascular injections, because the biggest risk when we are injecting is to go intravascular. This can lead to blindness. This can lead to skin necrosis. This can lead to emboli. This is a very, very dangerous complication. So, this can actually be prevented by visualizing the vessels.

3. To treat a problem with a filler. So, for instance, if we have filler granuloma, or if a filler is injected not properly, or even if it is injected intravascularly, then we can actually use the ultrasound as a guidance to actually treat this complication. And we can see where it is. We can see where the filler is located and we can actually treat it accordingly and precisely where we need to be.”

Is ultrasound becoming standard practice for aesthetic professionals?

“I do see ultrasound becoming a standard for aesthetic procedures. I think it will take some time for doctors to accept it and for us to learn how to do it. We need to have exact protocols for the aesthetic clinics, because every doctor who will use the ultrasound needs to know what they have to do, what exactly needs to be visualized, what needs to be measured, and how it needs to be approached, and what needs to be checked.”

How do your patients react when you use ultrasound?

“Patients are very excited and amazed when we use ultrasound. It impresses them when we can show them what we’re doing, where their vessels are and how the filler is injected. It also makes patients feel safer and they feel they’re in a high-end clinic. For example, when patients come in with complications from other doctors and they have a nodule or something on their forehead or on their mid-face, then we do the ultrasound and they are excited we can diagnose the issue. They feel safe and that they’re in good hands.”

When did you start using ultrasound at your clinic?

“I started using ultrasound in my clinic about a year ago. I started with the Clarius L15 HD to check the subcutaneous area because we were doing some studies on energy-based devices and we wanted to actually see the effect on fat. Then I learned about the Clarius L20 HD, and I bought it for injections.”

Why did you choose Clarius HD?

“I purchased the Clarius scanner mainly because it’s wireless. I like it that I can carry it. I like it that it’s small. I can take it with me if I need to go somewhere and check things out. We have many rooms in the clinics and I can move from one room to another. Also, I like it that there is a cloud storage where you can actually check out the pictures and see what you need to do and evaluate things afterwards.”

Was image quality a factor?

“… the image quality is very, very good. And this is due to the frequency that this ultrasound has. It has a 20-megahertz frequency, which actually gives the possibility to have very, very good image quality up to four centimeters in depth.”

How do you find performing procedures with Clarius?

“I find doing procedures with the Clarius quite easy. I have to say there was a learning curve. Now I’m really fast with it and can easily do the mapping and capture images in five minutes. I’m getting better all the time. The wireless connection is very fast and there are no wires to get in the way.”

What treatments do you use Clarius for at your clinic?

“At our clinic, we use it for filler injections to prevent intravascular injection. Secondly, to treat complications of fillers, that we did a lot because you can really visualize the problem. Also, we’ve been using it for energy-based device treatment of the fat. For instance, when we are doing lipolysis, it can really visualize what is happening in the fat tissue. And finally, we’ve just started using it with radiofrequency technologies to really evaluate the effect on the skin.”

What about disinfection? Has that been an issue, especially with COVID-19?

“The device is really easy to clean. You just take some alcohol and you clean it. It’s perfect. The disinfection is easy to do. We had no problem using it all the time, even when we had a surge of patients coming back after the shutdowns.”

Do you think Clarius is good value?

“From my perspective, it is good value for money. And actually, I have two in the clinic for now. So yes, I think it’s good value. I think doctors can buy multiple devices and I don’t think the price is a limiting factor for a clinic. Mainly for an aesthetic clinic, it’s really not a limiting factor.”

After a year of using Clarius, why do you think it’s a good fit for aesthetics?

“Clarius is a good fit for aesthetics, because it’s easy to use, the image quality is good. We can really see what we need to see. I think the new Clarius L20 HD3 is a very good technology for the aesthetic clinic. The transducer head is quite small, so we can use it in different areas of the face.”

Interested in learning more about Clarius Ultrasound for Aesthetic Procedures?

Watch our recent on-demand webinar with Dr. Steven Weiner and Dr. Stella Desyatnikova to learn how to treat filler complications like a pro: Facial Aesthetic Complications: Using Ultrasound to Dissolve Fillers and Reverse Vascular Occlusions.

More aesthetic clinicians are using Clarius HD3 handheld ultrasound every day to ensure safer procedures and better results. Dr. Verner uses the Clarius L20 HD for injections. It’s the world’s first high-frequency ultrasound in a handheld scanner, with exceptional superficial imaging for facial aesthetics.

Contact us today or request an ultrasound demo to see how high-definition imaging can help you improve safety and deliver consistent patient outcomes in your aesthetic practice!

[VIDEO] Ultrasound Improves My Care Says Plastic Surgery Patient with Implant Rupture

Kimberly Pendergrass first met Dr. Marc Salzman, a double-board certified plastic surgeon, eleven years ago when she was seeking advice on how to improve her body image after losing 40 pounds. The Zumba instructor was concerned about maintaining a healthy and natural image while boosting her confidence.

I came to him for cosmetic surgery first,” she explains. “I did my breast augmentation, and I had a lift and an implant put in. Then I came back and saw him a year later and I had a mini tummy tuck.”

Eleven years later, Kimberly returned for a check-up on her implants, aware of FDA recommendations to regularly monitor implants for silent ruptures.

Ultrasound is the best way to actually see a picture to see exactly what’s going on,” Kimberly says. “I’m not going to know without that ultrasound that I had a crack or a rupture or anything like that, and I can’t tell just from a touch. I trust that Dr. Salzman knows what he’s looking at and he’s going to take excellent care of me.”

Watch our video interview with Kimberly to learn more about her experience with Dr. Salzman.

It was wise of Kimberly to see Dr. Salzman for a screening, as it turns out that one of her implants was ruptured.

Learn Ultrasound Essentials for Breast Screening In-house

Dr. Salzman published a 2022 study confirming that 10.6% of women with silicone implants showed silent ruptures under handheld ultrasound.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now recommends ultrasound scans or magnetic resonance imaging of silicone gel implants to screen for silent ruptures at 5 to 6 years after surgery and then every 2 or 3 years afterward. Historically, compliance has been less than 5 percent, because MRIs are costly and require extra time and travel.

Today, plastic surgeons like Dr. Salzman are using Clarius handheld ultrasound to offer the convenience of ultrasound screening to patients in-house, providing them immediate peace of mind, and a lower cost option for breast implant screening.

Watch an on-demand webinar with award-winning instructor Dr. Marc Salzman where he shares ultrasound essentials for breast surgery that include visualizing silent ruptures, aspirating seromas, and performing PECS blocks. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use wireless ultrasound to effectively perform a thorough breast scanning protocol. Dr. Salzman has never been surprised in the operating room, always ready to replace ruptures with the correct gel implant.

Dr. Salzman also demonstrates how to use ultrasound for further aspects of breast implant procedures and maintenance. You learn how to detect, measure, and monitor seromas and ALCLs. Dr. Salzman shows how ultrasound allows you to visualize your needle under ultrasound guidance to safely and accurately aspirate the fluid without sticking the implant.

Differentiate Your Plastic Surgery Practice

Clarius handheld ultrasound is the leading choice for plastic surgeons to clearly visualize anatomy and safely guide procedures to avoid complications. If you’re interested in learning how fast, easy, and affordable it is to add high-definition ultrasound to your practice, book a demo today!

The Wait is Over for Clarius HD3 in the EU and UK

We’re delighted to announce that the 30% smaller and lighter Clarius HD3 line of high-performance wireless ultrasound scanners has received CE Mark certification and is now available for sale in the European Union and United Kingdom. Miniaturized to the size of an iPhone, the third-generation ultrasound scanners are available with revolutionary pricing and new features that make high-definition ultrasound affordable for more doctors across specialties in Europe.  

“Clinicians in Europe and the UK have been early adopters of Clarius wireless ultrasound, and we know excitement has been building for our new miniaturized Clarius HD3 because we’ve had a long list of customers eagerly waiting for CE certification,” says Clarius Founder Laurent Pelissier. “Our mission has always been to improve patient care by enabling more clinicians to use ultrasound. Now that Clarius is reduced to the size of an iPhone, easier to use, and costs less, we’re expecting more clinicians will use ultrasound to deliver the best patient care.” 

Clarius has introduced a new Clarius Membership bundle that makes the entry price lower and enables new users to fast-track ultrasound proficiency. Clarius HD3 wireless scanners now start at 2875 EUR with a 575 annual membership in Europe or 2440 GBP with 490 membership annual membership in the United Kingdom. Members gain access to all advanced SaaS, enhanced education options, and unlimited exam management in the Clarius Cloud. A three-year standard warranty is included with enhanced warranty options available through Clarius Care.  

In emergency environments, the Clarius C3 HD3 multipurpose scanner saves lives. Dr. Wolfgang Fleischmann, an anesthesiologist and emergency medicine physician, describes why the Red Cross chose Clarius when it sought to equip its emergency services vehicles with hospital-grade portable ultrasound. 

We had the opportunity to extensively test the Clarius scanner in our prehospital emergency environment. The product impressed us with its image quality, its reliability, its short start-up time, and good price-to-performance ratio. It prompted us to equip all our emergency doctors’ cars and ambulances with the Clarius ultrasound device.” 

Clarius sets itself apart from other handheld ultrasound systems with exceptional imaging quality that rivals expensive cart-based systems, wireless connectivity, and specialty scanners with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to optimize clarity and workflows for different anatomy and applications. Clarius has replaced the complex knobs and buttons found on traditional ultrasound systems with an app that uses artificial intelligence and intuitive touch-based controls. Clinicians can choose from seven ultrasound scanners, each designed to meet the specific requirements of a broad range of medical specialties.  

With best-in-class MSK imaging, the Clarius L15 HD3 high-frequency linear scanner is a top choice amongst orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Rudolf Berlakovits, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic surgeon in Vienna, Austria, describes the advantages of the new Clarius HD3 for safe, procedural guidance.  

To me as an orthopedic surgeon, the Clarius HD3 is a highly recommended device for interventional orthopedics and ultrasound guided orthopedic surgery. There is no cable, making it easy to keep aseptic, and the probe provides perfect handling. Another really great benefit is the possibility to share the findings with colleagues all over the world in real-time with Clarius Cloud exam management.” 

Clarius offers software packages designed for many specialty applications including Advanced Breast, Musculoskeletal, Obstetrics, Primary/Critical Care, Vascular, Veterinary Packages, and Aesthetics. They deliver dedicated presets, advanced workflows, comprehensive measurements, and fined tuned imaging, leveraging artificial intelligence and SaaS to deliver a complete handheld ultrasound solution that’s connected to the cloud. 

Dr. Ines Verner, an Aesthetic Dermatologist based in Tel-Aviv, uses the Clarius L20 wireless ultrasound scanner to prevent complications such as vascular occlusions during aesthetic procedures like cosmetic fillers. She was among the first to try the Clarius L20 HD3 for facial aesthetics.   

It’s a breakthrough in the field. Clarius is a good fit for aesthetics because it lets me clearly see fine facial anatomy, it’s easy to use, the image quality is good, it’s wireless, and it’s small so I can take it with me from room to room,” Dr. Verner says. “Ultrasound is a gamechanger for the aesthetics industry because we can really see what we need to see instead of injecting blindly, which is what most of us used to do. Now, we can inject knowing where we’re going and not to inject where we don’t want to inject.” 

The new Clarius HD3 scanners were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2021, by Health Canada in April 2022 and are available for purchase in a growing number of regions worldwide

Clinicians are invited to attend the Clarius Innovation Spotlight EU 2022 event to see demonstrations of game-changing innovations from leading ultrasound innovators and to hear first impressions from several physicians. 

Book a Virtual Demo in Your Region to See Which Clarius Scanner is Right for Your Practice 

Clarius offers ten wireless handheld ultrasound scanners, each designed to meet the unique needs of every medical specialty. Book a virtual ultrasound demo in your region to learn more about the world’s best handheld ultrasound scanner. 

[VIDEO] Ultrasound Takes Away the Stress of Facial Aesthetic Injections Says Patient

People seeing Michal Paz are surprised to hear she’s 50 years old. She credits Dr. Ines Verner, an aesthetic dermatologist based in Tel-Aviv, for taking good care of her face over the past five years. Michal receives Botox treatments every six months and hyaluronic acid injections every 10 months.

I trust Dr. Verner and I’m very happy that she’s using ultrasound when she’s treating my face,” says Michal. “It makes me feel relaxed because I know I don’t have to be concerned about something going wrong and I’m sure it’s going to be perfect results.”

Watch our one-minute video interview with Michal to see what she had to say about her experience with Dr. Verner.

Watch Dr. Verner in Action

Dr. Verner has been using the Clarius L20 HD in her clinic for about a year. A renowned speaker and key opinion leader, Dr. Verner is an advocate for the use of ultrasound for aesthetic procedures.

We’ve learned quite a lot in recent years about the anatomy of the face, of the neck, also of the body and we’re doing more and more aesthetic treatments. We’ve been doing them blindly,” says Dr. Verner. “Now with ultrasound, we can inject knowing where we’re going and also not to inject where we don’t want to inject. Clarius is a good fit for aesthetics, because it’s easy to use and the image quality is good. We can really see what we need to see. It’s a game-changer for the industry.”

Watch this 3-minute treatment with Michal to see Dr. Verner’s technique for scanning and mapping the nasolabial fold to ensure a safe filler injection.

Improve Patient Safety with Affordable High-Definition Ultrasound Specialized for Facial Aesthetics

The Clarius L20 HD3 is the leading choice for aesthetics practitioners to clearly visualize facial and superficial anatomy in real-time to safely guide procedures, including cosmetic fillers. It’s the world’s first high-frequency handheld ultrasound with exceptional superficial imaging.

Learn more about Clarius for aesthetics and request an ultrasound demo to see how high-definition imaging can help you improve safety and deliver consistent patient outcomes in your practice!

Clarius HD3 is Now Available in Canada for Every Medical Specialty

We’re thrilled to announce that we have received Health Canada’s approval to sell our new line of Clarius HD3 high-performance handheld ultrasound scanners. Now 30% smaller, lighter, and more affordable, our third-generation pocket-sized scanners are available today across Canada with new features and revolutionary pricing that will put premium handheld ultrasound into the hands of more clinicians. Clarius scanners are manufactured in Vancouver, BC.

As a Vancouver-based company, it’s especially gratifying to enable more Canadian clinicians to use our affordable and intuitive ultrasound scanners to make an accurate diagnosis, confidently treat patients, and safely guide procedures,” says Clarius President Ohad Arazi. “Our new Clarius HD3 is no bigger than my iPhone, yet it offers the same high-performance imaging as a traditional ultrasound scanner for a fraction of the cost. Plus, we’ve replaced complex knobs and buttons with artificial intelligence and touch-based controls, so it’s as easy to operate as your smartphone.”

While ultrasound is recognized as a safe imaging tool that enables clinicians to quickly see what’s going on beneath the skin, price and lack of specialty training have historically been barriers to widespread adoption. Clarius scanners are already considered a leading choice among app-based ultrasound systems, which are now being used worldwide for rapid bedside diagnosis. With Clarius HD3, high-definition ultrasound imaging has reached unprecedented levels of affordability and usability.

Dr. Ulrike Dehaeck, one of seven specialists in obstetrics and gynecology practicing at the Vancouver OBGYN clinic, says that switching to Clarius from an old cart-based system has changed the way she uses ultrasound.

Ultrasound is now more accessible and available for all of us to use. It’s so small, I often carry it with me between visits. It saves time for us and our patients because for some things that are amenable to bedside scanning, we can use Clarius to quickly confirm our clinical decision right there instead of sending a patient away for a departmental ultrasound.”

The new Clarius HD3 scanners were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2021 and are available for purchase in a growing number of regions worldwide.

New Membership | Enabling Ultrasound Mastery at a Lower Price

To lower the entry price of our scanner and to enable new users to fast-track ultrasound proficiency, we have introduced a new Clarius Membership bundle. Clarius HD3 scanners now start at CAD 3,965 with a 785 annual membership that provides access to all advanced Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), enhanced education options, and unlimited exam management in the Clarius Cloud. A 3-year standard warranty is included with enhanced warranty options available through Clarius Care.

New specialized software packages are also designed to make Clarius ultrasound easier to use for many specialty applications including Advanced Breast, Aesthetics, Musculoskeletal, Obstetrics, Primary/Critical Care, Vascular, and Veterinary Packages. They deliver dedicated presets, advanced workflows, comprehensive measurements, and fined tuned imaging, leveraging artificial intelligence and SaaS to deliver a complete handheld ultrasound solution.

Dr. Oron Frenkel, MD, an emergency physician practicing in Vancouver and Chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board, believes point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) is at a transitional moment.

Many of us trained with carts that were old school. They were good enough to get the image. Now we’re seeing app-based point-of-care ultrasound run on smartphones that all my colleagues already have. The integration with the computing power in the devices makes amazing images seamlessly available at our fingertips. The technology has advanced beyond what was conceivable even five years ago.”

The entire Clarius HD3 line of ultra-portable scanners is built with the latest antenna technology for steadfast connectivity and operates on both iOS and Android devices. Octal beamforming technology delivers up to eight times faster frame rates and micron-level resolution compared to other handhelds.

Physicians are invited to attend the Clarius Innovation Spotlight Canada 2022 event to see demonstrations of game-changing innovations from leading ultrasound innovators and to hear first impressions from several physicians.

Book a Virtual Demo to See Which Clarius Scanner is Right for Your Practice

Clarius offers ten wireless handheld ultrasound scanners, each designed to meet the unique needs of every medical specialty. Book a virtual ultrasound demo to discuss which Clarius scanner is right for your practice.

[VIDEO] In-Clinic Ultrasound is the Mark of an Elite Physical Therapist Says Patient

According to Randy Reinhardt, the Anacortes Physical Therapy Clinic, “is the home of my healthy body.” It’s where he has been seeing Greg Fritz, doctor of physiotherapy and a specialist in musculoskeletal sonography, for more than 10 years.

Randy has a long history of physical ailments that have required 10 knee surgeries and back surgery. During a recent visit to the clinic, we had a chance to talk to him about his experience with Greg Fritz, the use of ultrasound for physiotherapy, and his chronic wrist pain.

The more tools that a skilled therapist has, the better it can be,” said Randy, “And in this case it’s a very effective tool. I would definitely consider that to be the mark of somebody who’s interested in providing quality service.”

VIDEO: Diagnosing the Cause of Chronic Wrist Pain with Wireless Ultrasound

As Randy expected, Greg Fritz was able to quickly visualize the reason for his wrist pain with an ultrasound exam.

Carrying anything in my hand is very painful and I can’t open jars; it sounds like a joke about old people who can’t open a jar but it’s true for me,” Randy explained. “I had become accustomed to it and was living with it but it has been hurting a lot lately, so that motivated me to come in to see Greg so he can have a look with his ultrasound tool.”

Using the Clarius L15 HD3 wireless ultrasound system, Greg methodically identified areas of inflammation, debris around the carpet anatomy, and dark fluid areas indicating wrist osteoarthritis. Watch this video demonstration to see how Dr. Fritz also confirmed a tear that requires a referral to a specialist.

VIDEO: Patient Appreciates Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging to Support Effective Physical Treatment Plan

By having Clarius wireless ultrasound in-house, Dr. Fritz is able to quickly visualize muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage both at rest and in motion to make a confident diagnosis. He’s also able to share real-time high-definition imaging with his patients.

The thing was just totally a game changer for me: basically biofeedback under ultrasound to teach me how to flex my transversus abdominis. That information for that back injury was really helpful in order to organize my body and be able, you know, to do my robotic motions. It’s really amazing and you can see so well with the ultrasound, so that was huge.”

Watch Randy’s one-minute video interview to see why he feels ultrasound was the gamechanger that helped him recover from a back injury.

I love this place,” Randy gives Dr. Fritz his highest recommendation. “The climate of what they’re trying to achieve here is really, really great. There’s a real clear mission and it runs throughout the whole clinic. I couldn’t possibly give it a higher recommendation and that starts at the top.”

High-Definition Handheld Ultrasound Designed for MSK Clinicians

Eliminating guesswork and making a confident diagnosis with ultrasound has never been faster and easier. Clarius HD3 handheld ultrasound scanners are affordable and easy to learn and use for all clinicians. Ideal for MSK anatomy down to 7 cm, the Clarius L15 HD high-frequency ultrasound scanner is available with an optional Advanced MSK Package for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Clarius offers several ultrasound scanners that are suitable for MSK applications. Learn more about which Clarius Handheld Ultrasound scanner is right for your practice. Or contact us today to request an ultrasound demo.

[VIDEO] Why Dr. Salzman Recommends Wireless Ultrasound for Every Plastic Surgeon

Talking to Dr. Marc Salzman is a dream come true for us at Clarius. That’s because the double board-certified plastic surgeon, who has been practicing in Louisville, Kentucky since 1992, is an unabashed fan of our wireless ultrasound system that he has been using since the first-generation device came out in 2017.

For patients concerned about their breast implants, Dr. Salzman performs a quick 5-minute exam to provide a definitive answer about ruptures or seromas. For breast surgeries, he uses ultrasound to guide pectoral nerve blocks, which keep the muscles from spasming and drastically reduced time in the recovery room. Patients go home without pain or even go out for dinner after seeing Dr. Salzman! He highly recommends Clarius wireless ultrasound.

I don’t know how you do a practice like mine without it,” says Dr. Salzman. “I just did two tummy tucks today and a breast case. The two tummy tucks had TAP blocks; the breast case had, what I call, a lap block or a lateral approach pectoralis block. And the patients are so appreciative, because they’re out of here now in an hour and a half for a tummy tuck. They used to stay for four hours in our recovery room, because they were in pain. For a breast case, they’re out in 15 minutes. It has revolutionized pain control!”

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Salzman about his experience with the new Clarius L7 HD3 and how he uses it for his plastic surgery practice. Watch the video or read on for highlights.

Are There Benefits to Using Wireless Ultrasound?

Yeah, the wireless device is way better if you use it intraoperatively. It’s so much easier to put it in a sterile type condom for doing BBL or any type of targeted fat grafting that we do a lot of than having that cable that’s going draped all over the bed. The iPad, we have it just on a little stand. So I can look left, I can look right. It’s so much easier being wireless.

You don’t have to worry about the length of a wire too. I tried to use some of your competitor’s devices, and the wire’s just too damn short. It’s hard to get it to whatever you’re looking at. Whether it’s an iPad or an iPhone, there’s a lot of moving it around, which you just don’t need to do when it’s wireless.”

How Does Clarius HD3 Compare?

Clarius HD3 is like holding your iPhone; it’s so small and light. It’s just better and better, because of the form factor being more and more ergonomic. I think it’s way better than the traditional probe. I’ve tried all the other handheld ultrasound devices and I would still purchase the Clarius device. It’s just a better ergonomic device.”

Does Ultrasound Image Quality Matter for Plastic Surgery?

I think image quality’s paramount in selection of these different devices. Because I’m involved with ASPs and I have teaching responsibilities for our yearly course, I’ve had to present all the different available ultrasound devices. I’ve used them all. And none of them have the image quality that the Clarius device has, at least in my mind. There are times that the Butterfly looks okay and there’s times it’s unusable to me. I think the GE device is okay, but it’s a little grainier looking. The Korean device only had three presets and I never could find the right one. So, I think the Clarius image quality is as good as I’ve ever seen and it approaches some of the cart-based systems that I’ve seen.”

How Is Clarius Ultrasound Easier for New Users to Learn?

You’ve eliminated all of the knobology that ever existed. I think anyone who has ever used an iPhone or an iPad will intuitively know how to use a Clarius. You only swipe in one direction to change the depth, then you swipe in 180 degrees to change the brightness or the gain. They don’t even have to know what gain is. Make it brighter. And then everybody knows how to pinch and zoom, and the rest are all iPad commands or iPhone commands that everybody knows how to use. You don’t have to know anything about the physics of ultrasound to use this thing.

I’m just using the depth and the AI’s taking over. And it’s very rare that I use the center button, and I leave it on automatic gain. And I just move the whole depth back and forth and let everything do it itself, let the AI take over. And as long as what I’m looking at is in the center field of focus and that’s just a function of depth, the image quality’s great.

You can see the ultrasound needle better than the second-generation device. It just looks really clear and I can see the end of the needle quite clearly. Certainly, you can see the different fasciculations, and muscle, and how they differ in look from the facial clefts. It’s just so easy to do now. Even my fellows, they’ve never done ultrasound. I show them how I do a PEC block, in two minutes, they’re doing it. So, this is something that everybody can do.”

Are You Using Clarius Cloud Management?

Everything’s on the cloud. I download images onto my camera roll when I need them for teaching courses and such. I don’t always put them into the patient’s chart, but if I need to, I can go back anytime, find them, because they’re always there.

I love being able to annotate the image later. Sometimes I’m in a rush, and I don’t want to take the time to put all the annotations in. I can go back on the cloud at the end of the day, bring up the patient’s image, annotate it. When I was writing a textbook, if I needed an image downloaded, I hit download. Boom! And it’s right there. It’s exported and it’s right into my Apple computer and it’s ready to go. I have it for whatever I need it for. So, I use the cloud all the time. We probably have over a thousand images on that cloud. I’m glad you don’t pay by the image.”

Learn Ultrasound Best Practices from Dr. Salzman

Dr. Salzman is a renowned breast expert and recently published a study confirming that 10.6% of 584 women with silicone breast implants had silent ruptures. He recommends following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance by using ultrasound imaging of silicone gel implants to screen for silent ruptures at 5 to 6 years after surgery and then again every 2 or 3 years. By offering ultrasound in his practice, Dr. Salzman has never been surprised in the operating room. Beyond screening for ruptures, Dr. Salzman uses ultrasound to improve breast augmentation outcomes in a number of ways. To learn how, you’re invited to watch Dr. Salzman’s webinar, “Ultrasound Essentials for Breast Plastic Surgery: Visualizing Silent Ruptures, Aspirating Seromas, and Performing PECS Blocks.”

Book a Virtual Demo with an Ultrasound Expert

If you’re interested in learning how fast, easy, and affordable it is to add high-definition wireless ultrasound to your plastic surgery practice, you’re invited to book a demo today!

Survey Reveals Widespread POCUS Use in Rural British Columbia

A point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) survey conducted by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) has found that ultrasound use is widespread among clinicians in rural British Columbia due to ready access to ultrasound. RCCbc worked with Clarius during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute more than 50 Clarius handheld ultrasound systems to help with diagnosis and management of COVID in rural settings.

Close to 90% of clinicians surveyed reported having access to an ultrasound machine and two-thirds scanned patients at least once a day. Surveys were sent to more than 1,000 rural clinicians, who answered questions about POCUS education, how it is being used and how often, and what supports might be required to improve comfort and safety.

Historically performed primarily within diagnostic imaging departments, ultrasound is now more commonly used at the bedside thanks to technology improvements that have made ultrasound more affordable and easier to use. Physicians in emergency and critical care, pediatrics and general practice regularly use POCUS for faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Tracy Morton, the clinical co-lead of the POCUS Project with RCCbc, said:

Data analysis is ongoing, but when asked how they are using it, many providers reported diagnosing aortic aneurysms, intra-abdominal bleeding and many lung conditions, including pneumothorax and congestive heart failure. Most using it state that POCUS makes a difference to their clinical impression or helps make a clinical decision in half the time. A key finding is that more educational offerings are needed to learn how to incorporate POCUS into day-to-day practice.”

RCCbc provides ongoing initiatives to promote more widespread use of point-of-care ultrasound in rural BC. POCUS practice support is becoming increasingly available through the Real-Time Virtual Support services with weekly lunch-time live scanning and Q&A sessions offered by Dr. Virginia Robinson to rural practitioners.

At the University of British Columbia, advocacy for the expansion of POCUS within the undergraduate medical curriculum has led to the development of POCUS electives at both urban and rural sites within BC. And the Rural POCUS Rounds is now partnering with UBC Continuing Professional Development to teach core POCUS knowledge and skills virtually to clinicians throughout BC and across Canada.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound is a vital tool for clinical decision making in a rural setting,” says Helen Skinner, Country Manager for Canada at Clarius. “The unique form factor and wireless capabilities of these handheld devices, coupled with software and artificial intelligence that can help users quickly triage and diagnose, is making medical imaging more accessible than ever. Clarius is proud to partner with Dr. Morton and the RCCbc, and believe their contribution is invaluable in making POCUS part of the standard for rural care.”

To encourage participation in the survey, RCCbc offered 4 prizes including a Clarius C3 HD3 handheld ultrasound system donated by Clarius. Congratulations to Dr. Pawel Makarewicz from Powell River who won the grand prize.

Redefining Ultrasound Imaging for Every Physician

With high-definition imaging and automated settings, Clarius wireless ultrasound is the ultimate stethoscope for physicians who need to find clinical answers fast. Clarius C3 HD3 is powered by artificial imaging and offers automated workflows to scan every major body part – no need to master knobs and buttons!

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[VIDEO] How an MSK Ultrasound Exam Empowered a Patient with Frozen Shoulder

After experiencing six months of debilitating pain due to a frozen shoulder, Abigail Prout from Washington State was more than ready to understand the cause of her pain. She jumped at the chance to see Dr. Greg Fritz for an ultrasound exam of her shoulder to rule out serious issues such as a muscle tear. She was delighted to learn she wouldn’t need surgery.

It was good to understand the cause of my pain as it helped calm my mental anxiety about what was going on with my shoulder,” Abigail explains. “It’s important to have a visual and to have somebody walking you through the visual as it’s happening is pretty empowering as a patient. Not being a medical person, it actually helps to have a doctor tell me what I’m seeing and where I’m seeing it. It does really help to hear that there isn’t any major trauma to the site other than the inflammation. That actually feels good.”

We had the opportunity to interview Abigail following her ultrasound exam. Watch the video to learn more about what she had to say about her experience with ultrasound.

The Clinician’s Perspective

As a doctor of physiotherapy who has been using ultrasound for more than a decade, Greg Fritz says his experience with Abigail is common.

Using ultrasound to show patients exactly what is happening to cause them pain motivates them to do the work to recover,” he explains. “This patient was concerned that she had a torn rotator cuff so she was fearful of doing the exercises her physiotherapist was prescribing. I was able to show her that there was no tear and she was able to relax and do the work she needed to do to heal. That’s the power of ultrasound imaging.”

Watch Dr. Fritz demonstrate how he examined Abigail’s shoulder using the Clarius L15 HD3 handheld ultrasound scanner.

Handheld Ultrasound for MSK Clinicians 

Ideal for MSK anatomy down to 7 cm, the Clarius L15 HD3 high-frequency ultrasound scanner is available with an optional Advanced MSK Package for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Clarius offers four pocket ultrasound scanners that deliver superior ultrasound imaging for MSK applications. Learn more about which Clarius Handheld Ultrasound scanner is right for your practice. Or contact us today to request an ultrasound demo.

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