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Low Cost Mobile Ultrasound

The UW device consists of an ultrasound Interson probe that connects via a USB port to a netbook with a touch-sensitive screen. It is designed to be cheap, portable, durable and easy to use. The work builds upon previous work done by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

The UW system uses a handheld ultrasound probe that connects via a USB port to a touchscreen computer.It is designed to be cheap, portable, durable and easy to use and utilize existing local healthcare resources in order to create a sustainable solution that does not depend on continuous foreign assistance. Current estimates put the whole system, including the free software, at about $3,500. The $3,000 ultrasound probe, which the group has on loan from a UW anesthesiologist is the most expensive component.

The UW students and faculty have received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grant. They will use the grant to travel to Africa to test their system in its ultimate capacity as a tool to increase access to ultrasound and lower childbirth-related mortality, which kills an estimated 1,000 women each day, almost entirely in the developing world.

More at the University of Washington Website.


Waylon Brunette (University of Washington)
Wayne Gerard (University of Washington)
Matthew Hicks (University of Washington)
Alexis Hope (University of Washington)
Mitchell Ishimitsu (University of Washington)
Pratik Prasad (University of Washington)
Ruth Anderson (University of Washington)
Gaetano Borriello (University of Washington)
Beth Kolko (University of Washington)
Rob Nathan (University of Washington)

Agencies (that have supported the research):
University of Washington, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


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