Can the scan results be uploaded to an electronic patient record system?Yes, the BioCon scanners output data in an appropriate format (HL7) for uploading to electronic patient records. Please contact de Smit Medical for more details.
What is the pink cross?The BioCon range of bladder scanners has a pink cross which identifies the presence of fluid. This is to confirm to the user that they have located the bladder. The pink cross DOES NOT need to be lined up with the green central line.
What are the contraindications when using a BioCon bladder scanner?
- Foetal use or pregnant patients (safe but not accurate as it will pick up amniotic fluid).
- Patients with ascites (safe but will pick up ascitic fluid).
- Patients with open wounds or damaged skin in the supra-pubic region (risk of infection when using ultrasound gel).
Is the BioCon-700 bladder scanner GS1 barcode readable in terms of generic ID (make/model) and specific ID (serial/batch number)?Yes, BioCon-700 scanner manufactured after June 2015 includes a barcode formatted to GS1-128, which provides the model and unit serial number.
How many scanned images can be stored on the scanner’s SD-Card?For the BioCon-700, 2GB SD cards can store ~700 records, 4GB SD cards can store ~1400 records. For the BioCon-900 and BioCon-900S, up to 50 patient records can be stored - and deleted if required.
How often should my bladder scanner be calibrated?No routine annual calibration is required for any of the BioCon bladder scanners. However, if your BioCon hasn’t had the latest calibration software installed (updated from Jan 2019) you may still need an annual calibration. The calibration software is back upgradeable on all units. Contact de Smit Medical to determine your software levels if in doubt.
What appliance class are the bladder scanners?Class I, type BF isolated patient-applied parts safety requirements. This device meets IEC 60601-1.
What are the maximum and minimum readings of the CUBEScan bladder scanners?The whole BioCon range will display volumes between 0 – 999ml. If a bladder contains more than this the scanner will display 999+. NB: an empty bladder can be difficult to locate and may not be clearly visible on the screen.
Can the ultrasound probe be immersed in fluid?Absolutely not. This may damage the probe and will invalidate any warranties. Refer to our cleaning instructions for compatible cleaning solutions and methods.
Do I need to carry a spare battery?No. The battery capacity and characteristics described above ensure that a spare battery is not required. Integral batteries last 3 ½ years (when in normal use). Therefore, possibly a further 1-2 batteries may need to be installed during the bladder scanner’s lifetime.
Can the BioCon scanner be used if the battery is flat?No, the BioCon scanners are battery operated and in the unlikely event that the battery is flat it should be charged for approximately 10 minutes before the scanner is operational again. It is recommended that the scanner is placed on charge before the charge level indicator reaches 1 bar.
Are there any recommended standard settings?Under the scanner set-up facility (home screen) a variety of scanner settings are user definable. The only settings we recommend for the smooth operation of the scanner are described below under the scan set up section: BioCon setup (images from BioCon-700) 'Image reverse' should be off 'PreScan BladderpointTM Please note: BladderPoint™ (pink cross) is available on the complete range of MCube bladder scanners. Older models can be upgraded to BladderPoint™ software. Should the scanner be deemed to not function correctly, please check that these standard settings are selected. The BioCon-900, 900S & 1100 settings are pre-set. Speak to your EBME department or local de Smit Medical representative. Also refer to the operator manual.
How long does it take to fully charge the BioCon scanners?It will take 6 hours to charge the battery to its optimum level.
What is the battery capacity of the BioCon scanners?A fully charged battery will provide up to 6 hours of continuous scanning. BioCon-700 2400 scans BioCon-900, 900S & 1100 1000 scans The scanner automatically powers down after 7 minutes of inactivity (default setting) to preserve the battery’s charge level. The batteries do not discharge when not in use, they are not on standby.
What setting should I use for obese patients?For high BMI patients, BioCon bladder scanners have a deep scan depth. Please note when scanning high BMI patients, greater pressure may need to be applied in order to achieve a reading (depending upon depth of adipose tissue). In certain patients, you may need to lift the ‘apron’ to gain better access to the abdomen.
What is the difference between the child and adult mode?Scan depth is different between adult & child settings, to accommodate high and low BMI patients: BioCon-700 Adult mode 18cm Child mode 8cm BioCon-900 & 900S & 1100 Adult mode 23cm Child mode 8cm[/expand]
What is a child?Any patient weighing less than 25kg (55lbs) is suitable for the child setting (includes neonates) as it is a shorter scan depth – 8cm. Ideal for low BMI patients too.
What about transgender patients?
- Set to male for any adult patient with no uterus.
- Set to female for any patient with a uterus.
Why male and female settings?The female setting allows the scanner to compensate for the presence of the uterus. (A very small amount of fluid is held within the uterus - approx. +/- 10ml but varies depending upon condition/medication/number of childbirths etc):
BioCon-700 & BioCon-900 Set to male for any adult patient with no uterus.Set to female for any patient with a uterus. BioCon900S & 1100 Has the facility to identify patient who has had a hysterectomy (no uterus).
How accurate are the CUBEscan bladder scanners?All bladder scanners use an algorithm to derive bladder volume (results below are tested on a phantom bladder).
|+/- 15% or 15ml (0-999ml) whichever is the greatest.
|+/- 15% or 15ml