Ultrasound-on-a-Chip for Cheaper, Faster 3-D Medical Imaging
the MPR take:
Entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg claims to have raised $100 million to develop a relatively inexpensive, compact medical device that would show 3-D images of inside the body in real time. The device, currently being developed by the company Butterfly Network, uses ultrasound emitters that are etched onto a semiconductor wafer with circuits and processors to create capacitive micro-machined ultrasound transducers (CMUTs). By integrating these components onto a computer chip, the device can be manufactured in large batches at a reduced cost; it can also more easily create arrays necessary for 3-D images compared to present-day equipment. Rothberg hopes that the imaging device will be used in less developed areas of the world, where medical imaging equipment is scarce, to recognize objects (like body parts in a fetal exam) and generate preliminary diagnostic conclusions with pattern-finding software. Other aspects of the ultrasound-on-a-chip are currently unknown, but if the development is successful doctors could have a cheaper, more reliable window into the body versus current tools.
A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person's chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what's inside is being developed by entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg. Rothberg says he has raised $100 million to create a medical imaging device that's nearly “as cheap as a ...
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