Can the scan results be uploaded to an electronic patient record system?Becky ChamberlainYes, 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?Becky ChamberlainThe 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.
Do I have to manually reposition the probe between different planes to achieve a measurement?Becky ChamberlainNo, once you have located the largest view of the bladder the unit automatically calculates the bladder volume.
Do I need to line up the pink cross and the vertical green line?Becky ChamberlainNo, the pink cross merely confirms the presence of fluid and will move around the whole area of identifying fluid. The green line does not need to be lined up with the pink cross, however the green line needs to be approximately in the middle of the bladder to ensure a centred image on the cross hairs. NB: a small pink cross indicates a small bladder, a large pink cross indicates a larger bladder.
What are the contraindications when using a BioCon bladder scanner?Becky Chamberlain
- 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).
How many print outs can you get out of a BioCon bladder scanner roll of printer paper?Simon GriffithsBased on Mcube's paper roll shipped with each scanner (5 rolls only), set to raw image view: Approximately 38 scan prints per roll with a warning (red edge print) that there is enough paper left for 4 more print outs. Based on de Smit Medical's paper roll (box of 20 rolls), set to raw image view: Approximately 58 scan prints per roll with a warning (red edge print) that there is enough paper left for 4 more print outs.
Is the BioCon-700 bladder scanner GS1 barcode readable in terms of generic ID (make/model) and specific ID (serial/batch number)?Simon GriffithsYes, BioCon-700 scanner manufactured after June 2015 includes a barcode formatted to GS1-128, which provides the model and unit serial number.
How do I clean my BioCon bladder scanner?Simon GriffithsPlease refer to the cleaning and disinfection section (information section) of the Cubescan bladder scanner website.
How many scanned images can be stored on the scanner’s SD-Card?Simon GriffithsFor 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.
Is information saved on the scanner’s internal memory encrypted?Simon GriffithsNo. However, patient records can only be accessed through the scanners internal review function or by uploading the data to a PC and read using the proprietary software supplied with the scanner.
What is the difference between the current reading and the max reading displayed?Simon GriffithsThe current reading displayed is the reading most recently acquired. The max reading displayed is the highest volume captured in a sequence of readings. When printing a record, regardless of the most recent reading captured, it is the max volume and corresponding images that are printed. NB: When capturing pre and post void measurements, once the pre-void reading has been taken and recorded, it is recommended that the ‘new patient’ touch button is selected to clear the reading ready for the post-void phase to be measured.
How often should my bladder scanner be calibrated?Simon GriffithsAnnual calibration is not required with the latest software on all BioCon bladder scanners. Calibration only needs to be undertaken as part of a repair (if needed).
What appliance class are the bladder scanners?Simon GriffithsClass I, type BF isolated patient-applied parts safety requirements. This device meets IEC 60601-1.
What are the maximum and minimum readings of the BioCon bladder scanners?Simon GriffithsThe BioCon bladder scanners will display volumes between 0 and 999 ml. 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 visible on the screen. To find small/empty bladders it is recommended to aim the ultrasound rays towards the patient's feet (to see the bladder neck).
Can the ultrasound probe be immersed in fluid?Simon GriffithsAbsolutely not. This may damage the probe and will invalidate any warranties.
Can any gel be used?Simon GriffithsNo, to ensure greater accuracy, only ultrasound gel should be used. Lubricating gel can interfere with the transmission of the ultrasound signal and should be avoided.
Can the BioCon bladder scanners be used for determining anything other than bladder volume?Simon GriffithsNo. The BioCon bladder scanners are designed for assessing bladder volume only.
Are the BioCon bladder scanners real-time scanners?Simon GriffithsNo. The BioCon bladder scanners are bladder volume measurement devices however, prior to obtaining the reading, a live image of the bladder is displayed to help locate the bladder for greater accuracy (pre-scan). Once scanning is complete, the scanned image of the bladder will be displayed along with the readings allowing for confirmation of accuracy.
Do I need to carry a spare battery?Simon GriffithsNo, the battery capacity and characteristics ensure that a spare battery is not required.
Can the BioCon scanner be used if the battery is flat?Simon GriffithsNo, 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.
Does the battery need to be removed from the scanner to be charged?Simon GriffithsFor the BioCon-700, the battery charges whilst in-situ in the scanner and does not have to be removed. For the BioCon-900 and BioCon-900S, the battery is integral to the scanner and is not removable. To charge wirelessly, sit the scanner on the charging cradle.
Are there any recommended standard settings?Simon GriffithsUnder the scanner setup facility (home screen) a variety of scanner settings are user definable. The only setting we recommend for the smooth operation of the scanner is the 'Bladderpoint' setting. Should the scanner be deemed not to function correctly, please check that these standard settings are selected.
How long does it take to fully charge the BioCon scanners?Simon GriffithsIt will take 6 hours to charge the battery to its optimum level.
What is the battery capacity of the BioCon scanners?Simon GriffithsBioCon-700: a fully charged battery will provide up to 4 hours of scanning life, 2400 scans. BioCon-900: a fully charged battery can perform up to 1500 scans. BioCon-900S: a fully charged battery can perform up to 1000 scans. The scanner automatically powers down after a period of inactivity (default setting) to preserve the battery's charge level.
What setting should I use for obese patients?Simon GriffithsIn adult mode, the BioCon-700 and BioCon-900 scan to a depth of 18cm, and the BioCon-900S to a depth of 23cm. This should be taken into account when scanning obese patients. Greater pressure may need to be applied in order to achieve a clearer view of the bladder and therefore obtain a better reading.
What is the difference between the child and adult mode?Simon GriffithsOnly the scan depth is different. For the BioCon-700 and BioCon-900, the adult scan depth is 18cm. For the BioCon-900S, the adult scan depth is 23cm. In the child mode, the scan depth is set to 8cm.
What is a child?Simon GriffithsA patient weighing less than 25kg (55lbs) and less than 120cm (47 inches) in height is suitable for child setting (includes neonates). Child mode reduces the scan depth to 8cm to ensure the ultrasound rays remain within the abdomen - ideal for low BMI patients <25kg.
What about transgender patients?Simon Griffiths
- Set to MALE for any adult patient with no uterus.
- Set to FEMALE for any patient with a uterus.
- For BioCon-900S, set to option 'H' for any women without a uterus.
Why male and female settings?Simon GriffithsThe female setting allows the scanner to compensate for the presence of the uterus:
- Set to MALE for any adult patient without a uterus. (For the BioCon-900S, there is the option 'H' to select for women who have had a hysterectomy).
- Set to FEMALE for any patient with a uterus.
How accurate are the CUBEscan bladder scanners?Simon GriffithsAll bladder scanners use an algorithm to derive bladder volume. For this reason there will be an error:
- BioCon-700 ±15% or 15ml (0-999ml) whichever is the greatest.
- BioCon-900 ±15% or 15ml (0-999ml)
- BioCon-900S 0-99ml±10ml, 100-999ml±10%