Prenatal care for expecting mothers has been revolutionize by ultrasound imaging. Now this technology is available with a smartphone.
One of the miracles of modern medicine is digital imaging. Safe and accurate technologies such as ultrasound have made it easier to see what’s going on inside a patient’s body. This is especially true for expectant mothers. Ultrasound lets healthcare professionals check on the baby while it’s still in the womb. Patients still have to travel to a doctor’s office or other clinical setting to get a scan, but that is changing. PulseNmore is an Israeli company that has created an ultrasound transceiver that connects with a smartphone. Mothers can scan their bellies at home, and the system will store and forward the images to healthcare professionals for review. Using artificial intelligence to guide the user, the system has been shown to be 95% accurate. The device is approved in Israel and the EU, with FDA clearance pending. This device could also help improve prenatal care in underserved regions of the world.