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Wireless Ultrasound System in Clinical Trials

Graduate student Philip Cordeiro wears the untethered, battery-powered ultrasound scanner developed at WPI. The reseach effort has been led by associate professor James Duckworth, left, and professor Peder Pederson, both of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

The U.S. Army has begun clinical trials of the first wearable, untethered medical ultrasound system, which was developed by researchers in the Center for Untethered Healthcare, part of WPI’s Bioengineering Center. The voice-activated, battery-powered system is fully integrated into a lightweight vest, enabling a physician to bring the ultrasound scanner to the patient, rather than transporting the patient to a hospital or clinic. The system is completely untethered—no power cords, signal cables, or other constraining wires are needed.

Funded by the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center, the wearable system can be used in situations where it is currently impossible to use medical ultrasound, such as in combat support hospitals, inside ambulances and transport aircraft, and at accident and disaster scenes.

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