Portable Mobile Ultrasound Devices For More Lightweight Scanning

In today’s technological aspirations, we’ve encountered countless modern and more advanced devices that aim to simplify life. It is believed that we humans will be facing more as the year’s progress, and we might be able to solve problems that have been a burden for centuries.

In the medical field of technology, there are different tools, devices and apparatuses invented and innovated for various purposes — all for medical use. Recently, there has been an expansion on medical technology, and that is with the revolution of mobile ultrasound.

Ultrasound is a medical test that scans and captures images inside the body through frequency waves. It is also known as sonography. During pregnancy, it is used by healthcare professionals to view the fetus to know its condition by giving them images and videos.

Mobile Ultrasound is now possible with the help of new technology using only your mobile phones or tablets. Accordingly, this is another product of artificial intelligence or AI that will be soon capable of treating diseases. Portable ultrasound was first developed in Seattle and is now widely used in medical schools and by healthcare professionals who are serving in the “battlefields” where this type is most convenient.

This tool is a “game-changer” in medical technology according to a physician at the University of Washington. It is a helpful device for those who have limited resources at the moment since it is just handy and lightweight. The mobile ultrasound is also a cost-saver since it is cheaper than any ultrasound devices available. Price ranges from $10,000 below compared to the cart-based models that can cost up to $200,000.

The mobile ultrasound works through merely connecting it to your mobile phone or tablet. The developers of this portable ultrasound are Philips Lumify, Bothell-based SonoSite, and Vancouver-based Clarius.

Medical professionals and Universities have already approved the use of this device. However, it is not a replacement for the larger ultrasound devices. It will only be used for emergency purposes and first checking on patients; the larger models are will still be used.

The advancement in technology and bioengineering in this area is still on process, and there are still some reservations for it according to a senior principal engineer at the University of Washington.

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