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Windows Mobile Smart Phones on the Horizon for Imaging Kidneys, Liver, Bladder, Eyes, Prostate and Uterine Screenings

Posted Apr 23 2009 4:31pm

Once again, it appears the phones have it.  Not to be outdone by the iPhone, Windows Mobile units could be doing a whole lot more in the future.  I would guess you might want to put the phone on vibrate while doing an ultra sound so as not to affect the outcome (grin). 

I don’t quite understand the biopsy function yet, but perhaps more information will follow soon.  Cell phones are ending up in places we never thought of before.  If the price is around $500.00, perhaps the wireless carrier will give a break on the price with a 2 year contract (grin).  One day we may have to start doing our own ultra sounds before arriving at the ER.  BD  

ST. LOUIS, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. engineers say they have created a USB-based ultrasound probe technology that enables a smart phone to image become a medical imaging device.

The Washington University in St. Louis scientists, led by Associate Professor William Richard and researcher David Zar, said the technology makes commercial USB ultrasound probes compatible with Microsoft Windows mobile-based smartphones. That allows the use of smartphones for imaging kidneys, liver, bladder and eyes, prostate and uterine screenings and biopsies, as well as using vascular probes for imaging veins and arteries for starting IVs and central lines.

We don't know when these might be commercially available, but they are hoping to sell them for around $500 -- significantly cheaper than many portable ultrasounds, which can cost almost $30,000.


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