Summit Doppler LifeDop 300 ABI Handheld Vascular Doppler Review

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The Summit Doppler LifeDop 300 ABI Handheld Vascular Doppler System is a low-cost mobile unit made for efficiently testing Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in the lower extremities. It offers traditional ABI testing methods, accompanied with cuffs, aneroid, and a keypad where captured data can be inputted, calculated, and then printed through an internal printer.  

Features 

The LifeDop 300 is a portable and manual system created for easy detection of vessels and blood flow. Its simplicity coordinates with its affordability, but it does allow for accurate diagnosis when used by medical professionals.  

  • Used for basic single-level ABI exams 
  • Portable Vascular Doppler connected with Keypad and Integrated Printer 
  • Small display for showing heart rate 
  • Sensitive 8 MHz Bi-directional probe 
  • Simple ABI reference material and video manual 

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Tests Performed 

The LifeDop 300 is a handheld vascular unit. Which, of course, precludes the manual application of the accompanying 8 MHz doppler to capture dual ankle waveforms. The unit comes with an aneroid, and a large heart rate display that can be used for getting clear readings.  

Readings that can then be punched into the keypad to be calculated before it is printed off of an integrated printer and later used for reimbursement documentation.  

Testing is to be done traditionally, with the patient resting at a supine position and with cuffs attached at the upper arms and ankles. It’s definitely a more vintage method than what is provided with more modern machines, but as mentioned before — its simplicity is matched by its portability and affordability.  

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Software Used 

As a handheld device, the LifeDop 300 doesn’t come with a fancy graphics display monitor or an intuitive reporting software. However, by inputting readings into a keypad, the system can calculate an ABI score and pulse waveforms can be printed off to be later diagnosed by a clinician.  

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Review 

The LifeDop 300 is a simplistic handheld vascular doppler device that can accurately diagnose PAD in patients when in the hands of a trained physician. It offers an array of accessories that complete what is necessary for the ABI test, allowing the clinician to identify ABI from print-able waveform readings and read the calculated score from the handheld system.  

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Technical Specifications 

  • Sensitive 8 MHz bi-directional probe 
  • Keypad Vascular Doppler with an integrated portable printer
  • Aneroid and Large Heart Rate Display 
  • (4) blood pressure cuffs 

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Pros and Cons 

A list of pros and cons of the Summit Doppler LifeDop 300 ABI Handheld Vascular Doppler System.  


PROS:
  •  Can be used for single-level ABI Exams 
  • (4) blood pressure cuffs, aneroid, and easy-to-read heart rate display for getting accurate pressure readings 
  • 8 MHz sensitive doppler for listening to pulse waveforms (which is recorded by the device and can be printed off of an integrated printer) 
  • Compatible with 5 MHz doppler for deeper arteries (purchased separately) 
  • Portable and Affordable bundle complete with printer and carrying case 

CONS:
  • The Summit Doppler LifeDop 300 AHVD uses a very traditional method of testing for PAD. Such methods are not necessarily bad, especially when the testing is done by a trained medical professional. However, there are much more modern alternatives out there that can more efficiently calculate ABI.  


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