Tiny Wearable Ultrasond Stickers

Over at MIT researchers have developed an ultrasound sticker. When applied to a human subject, the sticker can generate high resolution images of internal organs. These images can be captured even when the subject is moving around. Here’s more from Wearable Technology Insights:
The researchers applied the stickers to volunteers and showed the devices produced live, high-resolution images of major blood vessels and deeper organs such as the heart, lungs, and stomach. The stickers maintained a strong adhesion and captured changes in underlying organs as volunteers performed various activities, including sitting, standing, jogging, and biking.
The current design requires connecting the stickers to instruments that translate the reflected sound waves into images. The researchers point out that even in their current form, the stickers could have immediate applications: For instance, the devices could be applied to patients in the hospital, similar to heart-monitoring EKG stickers, and could continuously image internal organs without requiring a technician to hold a probe in place for long periods of time.

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