When the iPhone kicked off the smartphone revolution, one could only dream of the implications of having a powerful computer in your pocket. People now use their phones to compose music, translate signs into other languages, and about a million other things. Now those in the medical field also have something to be excited about: mobile ultrasound imaging.
In a Microsoft blog post, Dr. Jacques Kpodonu shares his experiences with the technology and talks about the future of his profession. He participated in a program that studied a tablet-connected “mobile smart probe” that can be used for ultrasound scans. These tests have previously required bulky, expensive equipment – the kind of equipment that only hospitals can afford. Obviously, a mobile version of this technology would be a huge boon to developing nations, where hospitals and quality medical treatment may be scarce.
Another exciting aspect of mobile technology is the potential for remote healthcare. Dr. Kpodonu gives the example of a pacemaker being remotely monitored and even adjusted. What benefits can you envision from these types of advancements? Share your thoughts in the comments below.