FETAL DOPPLER / PERIPHERAL / POCKET / TBI HANDYDOP REVIEW

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For this ‘Fetal Doppler / Peripheral / Pocket / TBI HandyDop’ review, we’re going to be talking about ELCAT’s HandyDop Fetal Doppler device. It is, primarily, meant to be used in the assessment of fetal heartbeat. However, the probes are interchangeable, which does allow for vascular testing as well.

Features

The HandyDop is largely focused on the fetal doppler aspect. Which means, that it’s a little more limited in terms of features. What it does provide, we’ve listed below.

  • As a Fetal Doppler, the HandyDop was constructed to be highly sensitive — allowing you to go up to 2 to 4MHz frequencies — for determining fetal heartbeat even in the early stages of pregnancy.
  • Vascular testing is possible as well with ELCAT’s addition of the 8MHz probe. Which is a hyper-sensitive probe meant for the assessment of blood flow through the arteries (helpful in the diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease.)
  • An audio socket is included in the build as well in order to allow for better and clearer audio output.
  • And, lastly, the device is run on rechargeable batteries — allowing you to save on the price of operation.

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Tests Performed

As mentioned, this was made, primarily, for assessing fetal heartbeat. It’s an audio-only device, with sensitive Doppler probes in three unique frequencies (2MHz, 4MHz, and 8MHz.) To use the HandyDop as a fetal doppler, you will need to use the 2MHz attachment. It performs best if the patient is rested on their back, with gel applied to their lower stomach.

Now, if you want to use the HandyDop as a vascular doppler, you can use either the 4MHz or 8MHz attachment in order to assess the flow of blood in the patient’s limbs. Again, it is best if the patient is rested on their back for this type of vascular testing.

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Fetal Doppler / Peripheral / Pocket / TBI HandyDop Review Conclusion

As far as fetal dopplers go, the HandyDop is a little bit below average — especially when you consider its build. It does broadcast the fetal heartbeat just fine — and can be used for vascular examinations. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it is an audio-only device. Which means, you’ll be relying primarily on what you can hear (no heartbeat counter included.) Most pocket dopplers tend to at least have this feature, which sets it back quite a lot, even with its interchangeable probe heads.

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Technical Specifications

  • Interchangeable Probes (2MHz, 4MHz, and 8MHz)
  • Audio Socket
  • Rechargeable Batteries

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Pros and Cons

A list of pros and cons of the FETAL DOPPLER / PERIPHERAL / POCKET / TBI HANDYDOP system.


PROS:
  • Its best feature is, undoubtedly, the fact that it has interchangeable probes. This is not something that is offered by all pocket dopplers. So, it’s a nice change. You won’t have to purchase several versions of the same product just to get the testing flexibility that you need to perform fetal heartbeat and vascular assessments.
  • Of course, we also can’t forget the fact that it is a pocket doppler. In some cases, this might be considered as a con (because of limited features), however, if your practice has any need of a device for assessing fetal heartbeat or identifying ABI on-the-go, then a pocket device might just be exactly what you need.

CONS:
  • Again, the fact that it is a pocket doppler can be considered a con from just the lack of features alone. However, we do also have to consider the fact that, as a doppler, this device uses older technology period. With this, you would have to rely on human judgement. Whereas, if you got an ABI machine that runs on algorithms, this wouldn’t be a problem.


2.5 Total Score

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