MobiSante has revolutionized ultrasound imaging by bringing us a portable, smart phone based device imaging tool. Sailesh Chutani and David M. Zar, co-founders of MobiSante wanted to fulfill the need for an affordable, accessible, and convenient way to to use ultrasound imaging. Currently, the systems are big and expensive making them inaccessible to many people. However, using a smart phone, software, and an ultrasound probe, a safe and easy to use system has been created that may become the modern day stethoscope.
The pocket sized system currently runs on a Windows mobile 6.5-based Toshiba smart phone. The phone offers the advantage of support for USB 2.0, WIFI, and even cellular (Carrier data rates apply, unfortunately). Other than being mobile and accessible, the system also supports a convenient sharing system and cloud support. Images can be easily sent using the phone's cellular and Wi-fi capabilities. As a result, a doctor or physician can diagnosis patients without them physically being present.
The system's portability already makes it more appealing than the traditionally large and bulky ultrasound devices. However, its cost may make it irresistible. The system sells for $7,000-$8,000 depending upon small customizations compared to the large, currently used devices selling for around $100,000. MobiSante is also investigating tablet based systems to be integrated into systems doctors already use. Presently they are collecting funds to research it further. The work of MobiSante is paving the way for next generation medical technology that we will soon be seeing being used throughout the medical industry.