User Stories: Dr. David Bahner goes on an Antarctic adventure with SonoSite iViz

March 25, 2016

Per the invitation of Dr. Carmine Valente, I enrolled on an expedition to the continent of Antarctica. Dr. Valente had also invited 3 radiologists, Dr. Brian Coley (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), Dr. Torben Loretzen and Dr. Christian Nolsoe. We flew into Buenos Aires Argentina and then flew to Ushuaia- the southern most city in the world. They brand the city of Ushuaia as the Fin de Mundo or the “End of the World”. We embarked on the MV Corinthian and sailed out of the Beagle Channel and across the Drake passage

After a 2 day journey through the roughest seas in the world, we arrived at the Shetland Islands of Antarctica. We landed on Antarctica at Aitcho island and performed an ultrasound using the iViz portable device. We made 9 landings in total and this included one continental landing“, said Dr. David Bahner M.D. RDMS


“The expedition consisted of sailing through the Antarctic peninsula and disembarking via zodiac boats to land at each destination. After exploring the various areas, we would pull the iViz out of the back pack and perform an ultrasound scan to test the feasibility of this tool in a remote environment. iViz was portable and able to travel in a back pack. It was ideal for this environment and performed scans, saved B mode and color images and was able to store cases. It was feasible to use this device in the remote environment of Antarctica and its portability and functionality was impressive in this part of the world“