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ULTRASOUND DEVICE ON THE MOVE THE SIZE OF A MOBILE PHONE

Healthcare in more places.

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The Australian outback as an ultrasound image. The Vscan enables doctors to transmit their patient’s scans to major medical centres (sometimes thousands of kilometres away) for expert diagnosis.

High in the hills of remote West Timor, Australian doctors are treating patients with the help of some innovative portable technology.

One of those doctors is Brian Miller, a member of the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia (OSSAA).

Brian has visited the region ten times, and now carries with him new scanning technology, such as ultrasound machines, previously restricted to modern city hospitals.

GE’s Vscan is the size of a mobile phone, small enough for use in virtually any location.

“We work in tiny little hospitals up in the hills that have minimal equipment,” he said. “If you need something, you pretty much have to take it with you.”

Dr Miller and his team have used it for everything from checking the condition of pregnant women to identifying gallstones or liver problems.

Despite its small size, the Vscan generates detailed images of patients in black and white, or colour scans. Images can then be emailed from the Vscan back to Australia for diagnosis by medical specialists.

“You’re picking up issues before they occur,” he said. “Vscan helps you to do that.”

The device is now a standard piece of equipment for doctors undertaking flying visits to help the people of West Timor.

“Our team provides the only chance for people to be treated and get back to their farm working again,” Dr Miller said.

“In that sense you feel like you’re making some significant life-changing events for people.”

Henry Sapiecha

July 8th, 2014
Topic: APPS, MACHINERY EQUIPMENT, MEDICAL Tags: , ,

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