SonoEquipment: SonoSite’s new XPorte and their free teaching files on iTunes #FOAMed

SonoSite has launched a new ultrasound system called XPorte – it is an ultrasound machine and more! It’s all touch screen and not only allows for quick scanning and easy inputting of data, but it has lectures that you can view and listen to right there!

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You can download the free lectures and Xporte info from iTunes here. It’s another great resource for free ultrasound education. Hopefully SonoSite will not change that, but I doubt they will, as they already have a great app for free, called SonoAccess, as well as awesome online lecture tutorials by the best in the field in their online learning center.

SonoEquipment: How to make your own Ultrasound Gel – Guar gum, salt, and water #FOAMed

I saw an interesting blog post, sent to me by my ultrasound uncle, Dr. Chris Fox, that was on the: “Why Is American Healthcare so Expensive?” site entitled “How to Make Ultrasound gel: which is also sterile and edible and environmentally friendly” by Dr.Janice Boughton. Not only did the title catch my eye, but the content drew me even closer. If you are in need of gel – whether that’s because you are doing global health, disaster relief, or healthcare at any resource-limited area – there are ways to make it. Ive heard of a couple alternatives – and here is a way to make your own – that is also sterile, edible, and environmentally friendly. :)

As the blog post states: “Ultrasound requires an aqueous interface between the transducer and the skin or else all you see is black. Ultrasound gel is a clear goo, looks like hair gel or aloe vera, and is made by several companies out of various combinations of propylene glycol, glycerine, perfume, dyes, phenoxyethanol or carbapol R 940 polymer along with lots of water.” – not easy to find, and ot so cheap either. So, she set out and tried six different recipes – yup, that’s right – SIX! …and made the below gel (see pic) from guar gum (found in the flour section of stores), salt and water:


“Guar gum is available in the flour section of many grocery stores and costs about $10 for a 220 gram bag. It is purported to be good for diarrhea, constipation, diabetes and lowering cholesterol.” – how cool is that?!

1. Mix 2 teaspoons of guar gum with 1-2 teaspoons of salt. (The amount of salt isn’t vitally important since it is just added to keep the guar gum from clumping. Using slightly less than a teaspoon of salt per 2 cups makes a gel with which is isotonic, which would be ideal for use near eyes or other mucus membranes or on open wounds).

2. Boil two cups of water.

3. Slowly sprinkle the guar gum/salt mixture into the boiling water while stirring vigorously with a fork or whisk.

4. Boil for about 1-2 minutes until thick and well mixed.

5. Cool before using. Save lives.

To read more about her plight – click here. Thanks Janice!

Below is a video on how to do it made by her too:

An Excerpt from LITFL today: a Cheap way to Make an US Simulator!

An excerpt from Life in the Fast Lane (LITFL): VERY cool US simulator that you can make cheaply!!! Just need hardware….The guys from Saskatchewan, Paul Kulyk and Paul Olszynski ( have developed a trainer for using in simulation which they explain very well in their project summary: “The Emergency Department Ultrasound Simulator (edus2TM) is a portable bedside ultrasound device that allows for the seamless integration of Emergency Department Ultrasound (EDUS) into high fidelity simulation scenarios (HFS). Trainees using the edus2 gain the opportunity to determine whether to use bedside ultrasound (indications), how to properly hold and place the probe (image generation) and finally how to assess scans (image interpretation) as displayed on the edus2 screen all within the context of an HFS scenario.”

SonoStuff: new and upcoming US equipment

Sonosite’s iPAD style US machine – coming soon!’s hand-held Vscan is upgraded! better, faster

Zonare’s faster software and improved image resolution:

Phillips new Clearvue for improved Echocardiography: