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Health Tech: Handheld Ultrasound with a Smartphone

Ultrasound is a medical imaging miracle that lets us look inside without harming the patient. But how can you take it on the road?

Ultrasound is an essential tool in a healthcare professional’s kit. It provides instant imaging deep inside the body without any risk to the patient. It’s so safe that it’s used routinely with unborn children. But most ultrasound systems are bulky and heavy. GE Healthcare has a handheld ultrasound wand that can plug into a smartphone device to display scanned images. The system provides secure wireless data transmission and conforms to the requirements of professional DICOM medical image management systems used by hospitals and healthcare professionals. Secure cloud-based transmissions make it possible for distant physicians to participate in diagnosis and treatment consultations. And it’s small and easy to use for first responders in the field. It’s possible that someday, this type of device will be available to consumers for remote patient and telehealth applications.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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