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Smartphone Ultrasound Peripheral

Smartphone Ultrasound Peripheral

Ultrasounds will soon be conducted using a smartphone…

We’ve already seen how smartphone applications can send ultrasound images between doctors and patients, as well as family and friends. But now, a year on, a company called Mobisnate has developed a portable smartphone ultrasound device that has just received approval from the FDA.

The ultrasound device, called the MobiUS, has been touted as the ‘world’s first smartphone-based commercial ultrasound imaging system’ that only requires the use of an additional wand, some gel and an app for your handset.

MobiUS offers a high degree of portability compared with traditional systems which can take up as much room as a doctor’s cabinet. Mobisnates new system however, is small enough to fit into a handbag, and because smartphones are typically always connected to the Internet, it’s much easier to share the images.

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MobiUS Ultrasound For Smartphones

Image Credit: Mobisante via Gizmodo.

MobiUS is also much more affordable than standard hospital systems as they typically use dedicated hardware that is not only more expensive to produce, but is also more costly to run.

Mobisante hopes that the new device will open doors for remote medical professionals operating in rural areas that often do not have access to such technology. It could also be useful for doctor making home visits who may want to perform an on-the-spot routine check-up.

Over the last year there has been an increase in medical apps for smartphones. Aside from the apps we featured last year, the FDA has also approved its first medical app for the iPhone – MobileMIM, an interactive app that allows doctors to view and assess diagnosic imagery.

It’s no doubt that smartphones and their accompanying applications have changed the way many of us communicate, navigate and interact, perhaps in the not too distant future, they may also change the way doctors work.

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