Cellphones have come a long way with the rise of the smartphone. What used to be simply a means of making phone calls remotely, now is the way by which we can send emails, text messages, photos, and…acquire fetal images!
You can thank Redmond, Washington-based Mobisante for that last one, because it has announced that its MobiUS ultrasound imaging system has received FDA approval to be marketed in the United States.
MobiUS is the world’s first smartphone-based commercial ultrasound system. It consists of an ultrasound probe and a Toshiba Windows Mobile-powered smartphone with Mobisante’s software on it. Since the system is based on smartphones, it is extremely portable and very affordable compared to traditional ultrasound systems. In addition, it can utilize the cellular network and Wi-Fi capabilities of the smartphone to send images remotely.
Mobisante hopes to get their portable ultrasound systems into remote villages and rural hospitals where resources are limited, population density is lower, and medical assistance is not as easily accessible. Although if things continue to progress well for Mobisante and portable ultrasound technology as a whole, we may soon find expectant moms uploading fetal pictures of their bundle of joy to their Facebook newsfeeds. Thanks to Tom Cruise, only if they live outside of California, of course.
Press release: World’s first smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system cleared by the FDA… (.pdf)
Company page: Mobisante …
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(hat tip: Engadget)