Smartphone ultrasound to go on the US market
Monday 14 February 2011
Announced last week, the US Food and Drug Administration has granted Redmond, Washington-based mobile health start-up Mobisante clearance for its smartphone-based ultrasound system, MobiUS.
The mobile ultrasound imaging system will cost between $7,000 and $8,000 (€5,160-€5,900) in full, which includes a Toshiba Windows Mobile-powered smartphone, an ultrasound probe and the company's software. The company announced that it hopes to cut the cost of the system in half over time, but "the pricetag is still much lower than the tens of thousands or in some cases more than $100,000 other ultrasound systems cost today," writes Mobihealthnews.com.
The FDA is a "major seal of approval, and pretty much allows the company to move forward with plans to get ultrasound technology into remote villages and rural hospitals where it's simply not feasible to purchase a $20,000+ system," writes technology website Engadget.com.
The device is one of five being nominated by GSMA Mobile World Congress's Best M-Health Innovation. Winners will be announced during the event in Barcelona, February 14-17. Other nominees include ANT Wireless for ANT+, Research In Motion for BlackBerry solution, RS TechMedic and Sierra Wireless for RS TechMedic's Dyna-Vision, and ZTE Corporation for ZTE Smart Healthcare.
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