FDA OKs Pocket Ultrasound Machine
If you run a doctor's office and balk at the cost of an ultrasound machine, this is the technology for you: an ultrasound run off a smartphone.
Richmond, Wash.-based Mobisante has gotten FDA approval for the MobiUS. It’s an ultrasound device that is based off of a smartphone rather than a stand-alone device. Because it uses what is essentially off-the-shelf technology, the device can be had for $7,495. That sounds like a lot, but it is a lot less than the tens of thousands that a new ultrasound rig can sell for.
An added bonus is the wireless connectivity, which allows for sending images so they can be analyzed for second opinions or diagnosis. The device only works with one model of phone, a Toshiba, so it can’t be adapted to others, not yet. (The phone would need to support USB 2.0, which iPhones and most Android devices in the U.S. do not).
All that said, its relative low cost and portability man that it will be a boon for any travelling obstetrician or nurse, especially in rural areas.
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