Peripheral Vascular Test Examination & Measurement Device

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MedTech Edge is one of the top Vascular Medical Device Companies and delighted to exclusively represent Viasonix Ltd in Australia and New Zealand. Viasonix develops and designs a wide range of advanced Vascular Measurements devices based on cutting-edge technologies, and are intended for use in a variety of vascular-based applications. We are also one of the leading Vascular Medical Device Suppliers in Australia and our expertise is in particular with vascular devices, including transcranial Doppler and various clinical blood pressure and flow applications.

Imagine what you would like to receive from the most advanced non-invasive peripheral vascular diagnostic system. The FALCON/Pro, a class-of-its-own system that sets new standards in professional noninvasive peripheral vascular test and diagnosis that will exceed your imagination.

The FALCON/Pro was designed by Viasonix application and development teams with day-to-day practice in mind: it is extremely simple to operate, allows a very wide range of specialty tests, includes unlimited configurable user-defined protocols, can significantly shorten the examination time, and is designed with extremely friendly user interface. The FALCON Product line is a market leading peripheral vascular diagnosis system. The FALCON systems are ideal for any vascular lab, whether in a large hospital or a private clinic.

 

 

All standard and special PVD examinations can be performed, including:    VSX_LowRes_WhiteBg_FalconOnCart_1

  • Segmental Blood Pressures
  • High Quality Doppler
  • Pulse Volume Recording
  • Photo-plethysmograph
  • Integrated Skin Temperature
  • Venous Reflux test
  • Diagnosis of Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Palmar Arch Test
  • Reactive Hyperaemia
  • Penile Function test
  • MVO/SVC examinations

Falcon PRO features


The FALCON/Pro has the ability to measure simultaneously up to 5 BP (blood pressure) segments at the same time with the aid of PPG sensors. This allows rapid and simultaneous diagnosis of ABI (Ankle-to-Brachial index), which is very useful for rapid patient screening for peripheral arterial disease.

All pressure channels are color coded to help the examiner to quickly place the cuffs on the patient limbs and for ease of use.

ABI measurement using FALCON software

The FALCON/Pro has 10 completely independent pressure channels for rapid and efficient patient examination. The limit for performing simultaneous BP (blood pressure) measurement is 5 due to the number of PPG channels.

Due to the complete independence of the pressure channels, the examiner has complete control over the measurement process and can configure any number of pressure channels to be activated at the same time.

Below is an example of a group of 4 blood pressure measurements performed using 3 photo-plethysmograph sensors and 1 Doppler sensor on the right ankle, all performed simultaneuosly. The right ankle segment was measured using 8 MHz Doppler probe due to an amputated toe. The software calculates Ankle Brachial Indexes of each side automatically and displays them on screen.

Example of ankle-brachial-index measurement using a group of 3 photoplethysmograph sensors on 2 brachial segments and ankle, with additional doppler measurement on the ankle

 

The complete blood pressure measurement process is automatically saved with each examination.  The measurement process can be reviewed at any time, during the examination or offline after the patient is released, and the selected systolic pressures can be modified.

Therefore, after the examination is complete, the blood pressure is not just a number, but rather the whole measurement process that can be replayed with complete audible Doppler sound.

Hence, Falcon is a perfect product for accurate non-invasive Peripheral Vascular Diagnosis


The FALCON/Pro has 5 completely independent PPG channels. All PPG (photo-plethysmograph) channels are color coded, to help the examiner to easily identify the PPG sensors when placing them on the patient.

The FALCON offers a range of high sensitivity PPG sensors, to fit different measurement requirements.

Different PPG Sensors of FALCON family products

Simultaneous measurements of up to 5 PPG channels have the advantage of rapidly diagnosing all of the fingers or toes at the same time.  The use of just 4 such sensors simultaneously allows also quick and rapid simultaneous ABI (Ankle Brachial Index) measurements.

Overall, FALCON is a popular device with Doppler, PPG, APG, PVR and temperaturemeasurementsin Australia trusted by various laboratories, hospitals and private clinics.

The FALCON/Pro has 10 completely independent pressure channels for rapid and efficient patient examination.

Due to the complete independence of the pressure channels, the examiner has complete control over the measurement process and can configure any number of pressure channels to be activated at the same time.
10 Tube Pressure Channels

All channels are color coded to help the examiner quickly place the cuffs on the patient limbs, and for ease of use.

Simultaneous Measurements

A measurement of up to 10 Pulse Volume Recording (PVR) can
be made at the same time, hence completing full body measurement
in just a few seconds. Of course, also quick bilateral measurements
for each segmental site can be easily configured.

Falcon/Pro or the Falcon Quadare quality Peripheral Vascular Laboratory Equipment for Simultaneous Measurements.

10MHz Doppler Probe (To be added in second para and in first line. It will replace this line (“The FALCON/Pro and FALCON/Quad offer in addition also a 10 MHz option”)

Falcon is a popular and unique Peripheral Vascular Examination device with a 10 MHz Doppler Frequency option.


The ability to measure simultaneously 5 BP (blood pressure) segments or 5 PPG (plethysmography) waveforms is particularly advantageous when performing a Raynaud’s Syndrome diagnosis, allowing a quick measurement of all digits at the same time.

All 10 pressure channels are color coded to help the examiner to quickly place the cuffs on the patient limbs, and for ease of use.

Raynaud's Syndrome Diagnosis with 5 PPG Sensors, 5 Finger Cuffs and an intergrated temperature sensor

Due to the complete independence of the pressure channels and the plethysmography channels, the examiner has complete control over the measurement process and can configure any number of pressure channels or PPG to be activated at the same time.

The integrated skin temperature sensor further allows to control and document the temperature conditions under which the examination is performed.


All commercial vascular diagnostic devices offer an option of 1 or 2 Doppler frequencies, typically 4 MHz and 8 MHz.

The FALCON/Pro and FALCON/Quad offer in addition also a 10 MHz option.  This higher frequency can be advantageous when attempting to measure small peripheral blood vessels.

Unlike some commercial vascular systems, the Doppler of the FALCON offers complete high resolution spectral analysis.

4MHz, 8MHz and 10MHz High Quality Doppler Probes

Below is an example of a Doppler measurement on the Dorsalis Pedis performed using our unique 10 MHz probe.

The accurate determination of the systolic of blood pressure when measuring with PPG sensors can sometimes become a challenge because of weak and/or noisy signals. Some commercial systems, such as the Vasoguard, offer just a “truncated” PPG waveform display to help in “cleaning up” the display, but this presentation sometimes tends to be noisy or has the risk of missing some cycles.

The FALCON offers options to display the “truncated” PPG waveform as well, but also the standard un-modified PPG waveform. The combination of these displays helps in better locating the systolic pressure.

In addition, the FALCON provides an option also to display the DC PPG signal, which represents the average blood flow to the limb of interest.  Thus, during limb occlusion the DC PPG signal will decrease, and the region where it starts to rise again indicates the systolic pressure (blood returning to the occluded limb).

Blood Pressure Measurement with PPG Sensor without a DC signal and with a truncated display. The decay curve of the pressure is the cyan line. Identified systolic blood pressure is 102 mmHg.

Blood Pressure Measurement with PPG Sensor without
a DC signal and with a truncated display. The cyan line
is the decay curve of the pressure. Identified
systolic blood pressure is 102 mmHg.

Same Blood Pressure Measurement with PPG Sensor with a DC signal (pinkish curve) and with a standard display. Clearly, a more accurate systolic pressure is 106 mmHg.

Same Blood Pressure Measurement with PPG Sensor
with a DC signal (pinkish curve) and with a standard display.
A more accurate systolic pressure is 106 mmHg.


The FALCON unique integrated skin temperature sensor allows continuous monitoring of skin temperature.

This is particularly valuable when skin temperature is of importance, such as when diagnosing the raynaud’s syndrome.

Integrated Temperature Sensor

Placement of the sensor on the skin is very simple with dedicated adhesive stickers that come with the FALCON.

Measurement of a finger with a PPG Clip Sensor, Finger Cuff and a tempreature sensor attached to the sking using adhesive sticker


Typically, each healthcare facility has its own routine examination methods and tests to be performed.

Sometimes, even within the same facility different examiners or physicians like to perform the patient examinations differently.

The FALCON allows to configure in a very simple manner an unlimited number of examination protocols.  In these protocols, the user can determine the order of sites to be measured, which test to perform on each site, and in addition to configure which measurements he or she would like to perform simultaneously in a group, etc.

Select Protocol screen with predefined protocols. Unlimited protocols can be added to this screen.

Editing a protocol

Editing a protocol (either predefined or a new one) is as
easy as editing an Excel spreadsheet.

FALCON is a multi-test based Peripheral Vascular Test device.

The FALCON/Pro supports numerous standard and new unique features for the benefit of the medical staff and patients alike:

  • Simultaneous measurements of up to ten (10) completely independent Pulse Volume Recording (PVR) channels for rapid and efficient patient examination.
  • Quality control of blood pressure measurements
  • Simultaneous measurements of up to 5 PPG (photo-plethysmograph) independent channels
  • Simultaneous ABI (Ankle Brachial Index) measurements
  • Simultaneous Raynaud’s Diagnosis
  • 10 MHz Doppler probe
  • Enhanced measurements of blood pressure with PPG (photo-plethysmograph)
  • Integrated temperature sensor, ideal for diagnosis of the Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Unlimited user defined protocols
  • Variety of dedicated specialty tests: Stress testing, Venous Reflux, MVO/SCV, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Palmar Arch Test, and more
  • Advanced side-to-side and ipsillateral segmental blood pressure comparison charts
  • One key operation for simplified, automatic, and rapid examinations
  • Interactive screens
  • Unlimited workstations
  • Configurable reports
  • Network support: DICOM, HL7, GDT, SQL
  • Statistical analysis
  • Language support
  • Variety of export formats
  • Large touch screen display
  • Dedicated remote control and foot switch

MedTech Edge can assist your vascular practice by:

  • suggesting the correct FALCON system to your clinic,
  • provide finance options,
  • install and train yourstaff, on-site
  • provide on-going maintenance and service annual service

The FALCON supports many specialized tests in addition to the standard examinations expected from a high-end peripheral vascular diagnostic system.

The specialty tests are supported with dedicated pictures that guide the examiner through the examination protocol and the printed reports clearly correspond the measured waveforms to the different protocol steps.

Read more in Vascular Hub!

Different TOS Positions available in FALCON/PRO

Different positions of Thoracic Outlet
Syndrome
specialty test.

Bilateral Simultaneous MVO/SVC Test

Above is an example of a Bilateral Maximum Venous
Outflow (MVO)/Segmental Venous Capacitance (SVC)

specialty test. Both legs were measured simultaneously. The
graphs above show the complete measurements and the graphs
below present a zoom-in on the deflation part (blue
rectangle).

Abnormal Venous Reflux Test

Above is an example of a Venous Reflux specialty test performed
on a patient. The Venous Recovery Time (VRT) is an index of venous valve patency. A fast recovery time, such as in this example, indicates a suspicion of valvular incompetency.

Palmar Arch Test Schematic Pictures

Example for Palmar Arch Test protocol. First, the Radial artery is compressed during measurement of both extreme digits simultaneously using PPG (Plethysmography) sensors. Then, another measurement while compressing Ulnar artery and finally, measurement is taken while compressing both Ulnar and Radial arteries (for confirmation). If required, the protocol can be configured to measure more digits.


One of the main clinical motivations to perform segmental blood pressure examinations is to identify significant pressure drops along the lower limb and to identify pressure differences between right and left sides.

With a click of a button the FALCON provides a complete and detailed graphical analysis of ipsilateral and side-to-side pressure differences, that highlight “at risk” locations.  In addition, when stress tests are performed, the FALCON provides a special per-site comparison display of resting pressures and pressures after stress.

Comparison Charts of FALCON system


During patient examination it is of utmost importance that the examiner will remain focused on the patient, rather than be concerned about operating the system.  The NEXT button of FALCON system provides a one-button operation platform that allows the examiner to do just that – focus on the patient. Next button allows one key easy operation.

This NEXT button is adaptive and follows the sequence of measurement according to the test performed.  Thus when using the remote control or the foot switch controls the user needs only to press the same button as the test progresses.

FALCON Footswitch Falcon Remote Control, easily operate with NEXT button

The FALCON has a large user-friendly touch-screen display.  Operation is very simple and intuitive and many screens are interactive.  Thus, if the user wants to review a special measurement all that is required is to touch that measurement from the Summary screen.

If patient details need to be edited, simply touch the patient name.  Practically everything on screen is interactive, allowing very intuitive and user friendly operation of the FALCON.

Interactive Summary Screen

The FALCON supports an unlimited number of workstations.  Thus, installing the FALCON software on your computer allows you to review all examinations in full and replay the measurement process with complete audio sound.  You can also modify the examination results, write a report, and perform any other offline activity with the data.  Physicians can review the examination data in their office and not depend solely on the printed report.

In addition, the review stations allow you to investigate any examination which was performed on another Falcon system, for example, if a colleague sent to you by email an interesting examination for review and discussion.

Doctor reviewing FALCON summary screen

The FALCON offers dynamic and configurable report generation. You can print, export as PDF or transmit via network. Reports can be configured to include only what you want:

  • Patient demographics,
  • Symptoms and indications,
  • Medical history,
  • Risk factors,
  • Graphs and schematic pictures of all measured sites,
  • Comparison charts,
  • Stress test results page,
  • Written summary report,
  • Handwritten notes,
  • And much more configurable options…

In addition, all printouts can be customized to include hospital logo and details.


The FALCON supports all popular network communication protocols to hospital systems.

Initial setup is simple & quick and in most cases it is a plug and play process. Although this is completely optional, connecting FALCON to hospital servers is highly recommended.

Networking

The FALCON offers extensive support in all popular network communication protocols and servers. Click here to find out more!

Communication Protocol Function Benefits
DICOM Query patient schedule (worklist) Convenient, save time, avoid typos
DICOM Send image report to PACS Access FALCON generated report from anywhere
DICOM Send structured report to PACS Helps generating a unified report. Include only what you want in a single report for a complete patient visit.
HL7 Query patient details from hospital server Save time, avoid typos
HL7 Receive patient scheduling Convenient, save time, avoid typos
HL7 Send HL7 report (text report or auto generated PDF link) Access report from anywhere
PDF Automatically generate a PDF report for every examination over the network – directly to your office. Easy to setup and no third party software is needed!
SQL Optional connection to hospital SQL database server. Share one central patients and examinations database between multiple FALCON workstations and review stations.
GDT Patient scheduling and sending text report. Support for the popular communication standard in Germany.


The FALCON has built in statistics tool, which over long time periods offers great advantages for both physicians and researchers.

The available graphs include many predefined informative pie charts and an advanced option to compare statistical parameters.

FALCON Statistics Tool

Some benefits of the statistics are:

  • Find interesting information such as what is the most used test and protocol.
  • Find distribution over time of blood pressures and other parameters (ABI, MVO/SVC, VRT, etc.)
  • Use the advanced option to find, for instance, how the average ABI (Ankle-to-Brachial index) changes with age.
  • And many more interesting options…

Statistics Graph 1 Statistics Graph 2
This example shows the distribution of examined patients age in the FALCON patients database. This example shows the distribution of measured ABI (Ankle-to-Brachial index) in the FALCON patients database.


The FALCON operation supports many different languages, to help the examiners fully understand the system operation and capabilities in their native language.

Whether your native language is English or French, Chinese or Spanish or any other language – the FALCON operation is designed for you.

FALCON Support for Different Languages

Below is an example of the menu screen in FALCON software in some of the different languages FALCON supports.

Examples of FALCON Software lagnuage screens

The FALCON provides a variety of export formats to meet any clinical or research need.

With a simple click of a button you can export data, reports, screen & video captures and much more.

PDF Icon Excel Export
Export report of the popular PDF Document. With FALCON you can either export manually or automatically for each examination Export data to Excel Spreadsheet

RTF Export Video Export
Export/import summary report as RTF file. Similar to a Word document (can be viewed or edited by all Microsoft Word versions). Export video of screen capture (also works well with replay of measurements).

Matlab Export VSX Export
For researchers: Export raw data
as a Matlab data file.
Export/import examination in Viasonix File Format. This file contains the complete examinations including summary screens and full audible replays.

Screen Captures

Export screen captures in all popular image file
formats
and in addition, as a PDF document.


The FALCON software is designed for easy touch screen operation, specifically with the All-in-one computer supplied with FALCON. Although keyboard, mouse and remote control are useful for most operations, the large touch screen display of the FALCON allows the examiner to quickly operate the system during examinations.

Touch Screen All-in-one Display

Examiner operates FALCON system


The FALCON comes with a handy remote control. The layout of the remote control is designed with the examiner in mind:

  • Predefined keys for most routine operations such as next, inflate, etc.
  • Up/down buttons for gain, scale, deflate rate, etc.
  • Extra configurable buttons – you can choose what you use mostly from a long list of options.
FALCON Remote Control

In addition, FALCON offers an optional footswitch to assist especially when measuring with Doppler probes.

The high quality footswitch has 3 user friendly pedals, completely configurable that you can easily choose their actions from a long list of options.

Phillips Footswitch

VSX_LowRes_RaynaudsDoneRevised224x270The FALCON product family from Viasonix provides a complete range of physiological tests for diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease. Everything is included as you expect from an advanced state-of-the-art Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic system, but not limited to:

  • An extremely friendly yet fully configurable and sophisticated operating platform
  • Up to 3 Spectral Doppler Probes with different Doppler frequencies
  • Up to 5 simultaneous PPG measurements
  • Up to 10 simultaneous PVR measurements (model-dependent)
  • An integrated skin temperature sensor
  • Up to 10 independent pressure channels
  • Use Huntleigh Vascular Doppler for Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) measurement
  • A variety of user controls

 

The FALCON product portfolio has received a fresh software upgrade to add Reactive Hyperaemia, Penile Function (Impotence), Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) measurements, Stress testing and many other improvements.

Testimonials

“Our update to the Viasonix system has been an important development
for our Vascular Laboratory.
We can offer a complete range of physiological tests for vascular investigations.”
Professor J. Fletcher, Westmead Hospital, NSW.
“We have used the Falcon Pro for the past year and we have found the unit to be easy to
use and requiring a minimum of staff training.
It is easily configurable and has allowed us to save time through the use of the pre-programmable protocols.”
Mr. R. Allan, Flinders Medical Centre, SA.

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