PERIPHERAL DOPPLER/ EXTRACRANIAL/ POCKET/ TBI HANDYDOP PRO REVIEW

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For our ‘Peripheral Doppler / Extracranial / Pocket / TBI HandyDop Pro’ review, we’re going to be covering ELCAT’s HandyDop Pro. This is an upgraded version of their HandyDop pocket doppler (which is an audio-only fetal heartbeat monitoring device.) What have they changed in order to make this one better than the previous? Let’s break it down a little bit at a time.

Features

As mentioned, as the upgraded version of the HandyDop, the HandyDop Pro offers a little more in terms of features. It has the bare minimum required to be considered a working vascular doppler and then some. Including the following:

  • With the doppler, you get the following probes: a 4 MHz and 8MHz probe (one less than the regular HandyDop Doppler – but that’s because the first one was meant to be a fetal heartbeat detector.)
  • One of the biggest differences between the HandyDop Pro and the regular HandyDop is the fact that there is a monitor built-into the Pro version.
  • The monitor will allow you to view and analyze the flow of blood — along with bidirectional speakers that broadcast both the blood flow away and the blood flow coming forwards the probe.
  • An audio socket is also built into the device to make it easier to listen to audio output — which allows for more accurate readings.
  • Lastly, you get extra accessories in the form of rechargeable batteries, gel, and a suitcase in which to keep the doppler and its accessories all in one place.

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Tests Performed

With the HandyDop Pro, you can perform ABI exams on patients who are suspected of having Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD.) Although, for this, you will need a couple of accessories not included in this kit (blood pressure cuffs and a sphyg.) If you purchase those elsewhere, however, you can make use of this device’s 4MHz and 8MHz bidirectional vascular probes to assess the blood in the patient’s lower extremity (and whether it does or does not match the pressure in their arms.)

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Software Used

Although this is not one of the more advanced algorithm-based ABI machines, there is software built-into this device that will allow you to both view and print out recorded pulse volume waveform readings.

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Peripheral Doppler / Extracranial / Pocket / TBI HandyDop-Pro Review

Overall, although we cannot say that the HandyDop Pro is the best pocket doppler in the market, there is no denying that it does get a passing grade. It has all the necessities here. So, if that’s all you’re looking for in an ABI device, then this might work for you.

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Technical Specifications

  • Sensitive 4MHz and 8MHz bidirectional vascular probes
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Built-in Monitor Display
  • Extra Accessories: Hard Carrying Case and a USB charger

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Pros and Cons

A list of pros and cons of the Peripheral Doppler / Extracranial / Pocket / TBI HandyDop-Pro device.


PROS:

  • Unlike the regular HandyDop doppler, the Pro version does seem to be better suited for vascular testing — evident in the fact that you get both a 4MHz and 8MHz probe.
  • We can also celebrate the fact that the Pro version offers a monitor display and print-feature, which is helpful for more accurate analysis and documentation purposes.
  • A lot of what you need also comes with this package — including a hard carrying case that you can use in order to make sure that the Doppler is kept together with all its included accessories.

CONS:

  • The first con is the fact that you can only expect to get what you get. It’s a pocket doppler, which means it has fewer features.
  • We also must consider the fact that Doppler-use is more traditional — ancient even, especially in the application. At least, in comparison to some of the more recent advancements in modern ABI technology.


3.5 Total Score

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