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Portable ultrasound probe links with a smartphone

Portable ultrasound probe link...
Vave wirelessly communicates with an iOS or Android mobile device, which is running an accompanying app
Vave wirelessly communicates with an iOS or Android mobile device, which is running an accompanying app
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The Vave service includes on-demand access to ultrasound experts
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The Vave service includes on-demand access to ultrasound experts
Vave wirelessly communicates with an iOS or Android mobile device, which is running an accompanying app
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Vave wirelessly communicates with an iOS or Android mobile device, which is running an accompanying app

Ordinarily, medical ultrasound imaging systems are big and bulky enough that they have to be pushed along on wheeled carts. The new Vave probe, however, can be carried in a pocket and paired with a smartphone.

Created by California-based company Vave Health, the device is the brainchild of CEO Amin Nikoozadeh. It sprung from his studies into the miniaturization of imaging systems, which was part of his PhD research when he was an Electrical Engineering student at Stanford University.

The 340-gram (0.75-lb) device incorporates a piezoelectric transducer, a cast magnesium body that aids in the dissipation of heat, and a silicone hand-grip sleeve. One four-hour charge of its removable lithium-ion battery is reportedly good for over an hour of continuous scanning.

Vave is also IP67 waterproof (submersible down to 1 meter/3.3 ft for half an hour), meaning the whole thing can regularly be submerged and sanitized. Users are able to choose between four imaging presets – cardiac, lung, abdominal and OB/GYN (obstetrics/gynecology) – plus they can take manual control of parameters such as gain, depth and focus.

The Vave service includes on-demand access to ultrasound experts
The Vave service includes on-demand access to ultrasound experts

Imagery is viewed in real time using an app on a Wi-Fi-linked iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. That footage can be saved both on the mobile device and on an encrypted cloud-based server.

Vave is available now via a US$99/month subscription service, which includes an upgraded replacement probe once every two years.

Source: Vave Health

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paul314
If the doctor stops paying the subscription fee, do all the patients' ultrasounds taken with the device vanish from their medical records?
VaveHealth
Hi Paul,

No, your records will not vanish. Depending on how you've uploaded your images, they can be permanently archived into 3rd party systems. As far as images and studies within the Vave cloud, former subscribers will continue to have access.

Please feel free to visit us at www.vavehealth.com or email info@vavehealth.com for further information!

— Team Vave