Feb. 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM ET
We use our smart phones for nearly every little task in life, so it almost seems reasonable that someone would decide to create a medical ultrasound imaging system specifically for mobile devices — or at least that's what the FDA thinks.
According to FastCompany, the FDA recently approved MobiUS, a medical ultrasound imaging system made by medical device company Mobisante. The system basically consists of an ultrasound wand, a smart phone, and a clever app. That's it!
Just like the doctor's office version of such a system, the MobiUS allows a medical practitioner to view, manipulate, and analyze ultrasound images instantly. As a bonus though, he or she will be able to transfer the data wirelessly to wherever it needs to go.
A system like that is amazing because it can go nearly any place that might have a Wi-Fi or cellular data network available unlike traditional — and higher cost — setups. The only downside is that you'll now have to avoid touching your doctor friend's phone. Who knows what that thing was close to.