The Emergence of Mobile Ultrasound in Healthcare

The Emergence of Mobile Ultrasound in Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 30, 2019

FREMONT, CA – The ultrasound technology has witnessed a giant leap, evolving into a mobile ultrasound solution. The emergence of battery-powered portable ultrasound devices has enabled health care providers to conduct mobile ultrasound examinations via their smartphones regardless of time and place. This has revolutionized medical care across the world, starting from schools to battlefields.

The portable devices have emerged as a boon to people with limited resources to administer advanced medical care and diagnostics. The ultrasound technology can be leveraged for imaging as well as treatment of diseases. It can be used to create a force field to manipulate objects inside the body without the need for surgery.

The mobile ultrasound devices represent the evolution of diagnostic technology, which traditionally involved large and bulky systems. The cart-based systems were succeeded by laptop versions with a slash in computing power and size for better mobility. The new handheld devices, on the other hand, are comparable to the rise of smartphones in the computer era.

The cart-based models can cost up to $200,000, and the laptop versions might go up to $50,000. On the other hand, the handheld versions are available for under $10,000, which is a leap in the direction of accessibility. However, the cart based systems are irreplaceable in terms of computing power when it comes to conducting a comprehensive diagnosis.

The mobile ultrasound devices find most applications in urgent care clinics, telemedicine, and long-term care centers with elderly patients. The compact devices will also come in handy in military battlefields and accident sites to detect internal bleeding that might be caused due to shrapnel. They hold promise in mobile diagnosis of adverse medical conditions in patients when they are being transported to the health centers from remote locations. Prompt diagnosis of the patient can enable quicker intervention, thus preventing the deterioration of the severe conditions.

With the rapid rise of mobile technology in healthcare, there is a need for practical training and skill building. Medical schools need to adapt their curriculum according to the evolving landscape and accommodate emerging technologies for their enhanced incorporation in the healthcare sector.

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