Medical ultrasound includes diagnostic imaging techniques, as well as therapeutic applications of ultrasound. In diagnosis, it is used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs.
It is ascertained that most people around the world die due to cardiovascular related symptoms but a sound cardiac ultrasound can prevent the loss of lives. One of the most important contributions ultrasound can make is diagnosing cardiac problems early, when they can still be treated.
For Davidi Vortman, the answer was obvious: Computers and artificial intelligence could make cardiac ultrasound scanning as easy as operating a video game. Vortman is the CEO of UltraSight, which changed its name recently from Onsight Medical to emphasize its singular focus on ultrasound technology. UltraSight makes the software that guides operators in grabbing the best image of a patient’s heart. Vortman says it cuts the training time down from two years to just a single day.
Usually the ultrasound machines are huge but due to digital technology, they are slimming down and portable. Handheld wands connected to off-the-shelf iPads and other tablet devices are the future, which is good news for cash strapped clinics and those in the developing world.
Israeli Astronaut Eytan Stibbe would be carrying and operating a handheld ultrasound device connected to a tablet to acquire cardiac ultrasound images in real time throughout his space mission. This research will enable to monitor heart anatomy in space as spending long time in space leads to negative impact on the human cardiovascular system. The image interpretation is proposed to be conducted on return to Earth.
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