Portable ultrasound is coming fast
Portable ultrasound is the wave of the future. As computers get smaller with models almost the size of laptops. They are made with more memory and processing speeds. In its early days, ultrasounds were done with a patient partially submerged in a tank of water.
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Then in the fifties, transducers got better and smaller. See Ian Donald
During the early years, Donald was the innovator who made ultrasound portable enough to be wheeled around the clinic or hospital to the patients. He invented the B-mode scanner and became one of the first to differentiate between abnormal tissue such as cancer, fibroids, cysts and normal organs. In the sixties and seventies, the advent of computers becoming small enough to fit in a room and the addition of gel instead of a tank of water made it become common in a doctor's office or clinic to have an examination.
Machines the size of a laptop can create better images than from that of the large units of the past.
Now, ultrasound units are becoming small enough to be hand held.
Mobile phones are also getting into the act. The new ultrasound smartphone is being developed by Washington university in Saint Louis. It will bring twenty first ultrasound technology to the field in places like third world countries and remote places that have no clinics or hospitals. Check the new developments at our
ultrasound smartphone page.
The ultrasound smartphone.
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