It looks like medical staff could all be walking around with handheld ultrasound devices in their pockets sometime in the near future. Although there are portable ultrasound devices on the market already, there’s news of one that can connect to your smartphone and Wi-Fi networks.
According to a recent article over at technologyreview.com by Sandra Swanson, computer engineers at Washington University created a prototype a couple of years ago, that took ultrasound imaging to a completely new level of connectivity and mobility.
A startup is now awaiting clearance from the FDA, to hopefully start selling the portable ultrasound device from next year. This would be a great device for emergency responders, who could use it to scan injured people to check for any internal bleeding and send the image on to the hospital.
Oliver Aalami — a vascular surgeon who works at the Valley Medical Center in Renton — has been testing the Mobisante device, and says that he carries it around in his lab coat pocket. Aalami states that it’s not only more convenient than a standard ultrasound machine, but it also saves him time.
You can read more about this device via technologyreview.com.