Sonic Window Handheld Ultrasound

The Sonic Window* handheld ultrasound provides clinicians with a portable imaging device that offers clear, easy-to-interpret images of vessels up to 3 cm deep on a real-time display.

Who Is It for?

The Sonic Window handheld ultrasound is designed to enable nurses and clinicians to quickly and easily achieve vascular access. Initial evaluation by clinicians showed that the Sonic Window incorporates the benefits of breakthrough ultrasound imaging technology with portability, making it an efficient tool to use in a clinical setting for the successful establishment of peripheral intravenous access in challenging patients. 

"The Sonic Window is like no other vascular access device. Instead of a two-dimensional image that is vertical from the skin surface projecting deeper into the tissue, the Sonic Window displays coronal tissue slices stacked from skin surface down. This gives a ‘window through the skin,’ orienting the vascular anatomy in a familiar and easy to understand view. The sense novice users attain from first operating the device is that they are able to look at individual tissue slices from just underneath the skin down to 3 cm in depth." - Michael Blaivas, MD, FACEP, FAIUM

What Is It For?

Very sick patients often face difficulties with vascular access, which can often delay treatments or give rise to other complications. Typically, peripheral DVA patients tend to be pediatric, elderly, obese, tattooed, or dark skinned, or have different types of serious illnesses. Even otherwise-healthy people can be difficult-vascular-access patients because of extremely narrow veins, lack of hydration, anxiety, or other factors that may temporarily lower their blood pressure or constrict their vessels. Sonic Window is designed to help physicians and nurses access veins and arteries of these challenging patients for vascular access procedures such as catheter placement or peripheral line placement, or simply to draw blood.

Read our whitepaper, written by Dr. Michael Blaivas, MD, FACEP, FAIUM, to learn how the Sonic Window handheld ultrasound performed in a busy emergency department on patients with difficult vascular access. Clinical examples include a chronically ill 67-year-old woman on dialysis who first went through multiple failed blind attempts at cannulation, and a 20-year-old, non-compliant diabetic man who was a frequent ED user with external jugular veins that were used up and could no longer be palpated or seen.


Improved Patient Satisfaction

  • Fewer attempts mean less patient discomfort from multiple sticks, especially for difficult-to-stick patients
  • "Pay for performance" Medicare reimbursement codes are based in part on patient satisfaction

Control Costs and See More Patients

  • Sonic Window can help increase success rates of IV placements in difficult patients by 50-80%. That translates to a savings in time and materials of up to $1250 for every 100 IV starts
  • Reduced number of attempts could potentially increase department throughput and revenues

Manage Risk

  • Potentially reduce liability from complications, inadvertent nerve and arterial puncture/damage
  • May reduce unnecessary central line infections

Enhance Patient Health and Safety

  • Fewer stick attempts potentially reduces risk of complications
  • Fewer failures and less time taken mean patients are treated faster and can move quickly through the hospital system

*Sonic Window is not available in all countries.