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Will pregnant patients administer their own ultrasound exams in the future?

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | July 12, 2021
Women's Health
From the July 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

“You can favorite all of the technologies that you will use every day in your exam,” said Del Prince. “This really dramatically simplifies the system so that it is personalized to the user.”

The system’s SonoLysta application recognizes 20 views recommended by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology mid-trimester practice guidelines for fetal imaging.

The tool can identify fetal structures directly from the ultrasound system and automatically perform measurements and label images.

Its SonoBiometry tool reduces keystrokes by automatically suggesting caliper placement and its SonoCNS tool automates the process of measuring the fetal brain.

“If I'm someone newer and I'm trying to perfect my skills, I can utilize this technology to grade my images to make sure I have all of the required pieces of anatomy in the imaging plane,” said Del Prince.

AI technology like this is useful in clinical settings, but it’s absolutely vital for home-based ultrasound to become a reality, said Furman. If patients will one day conduct their own ultrasound exams, the process needs to be as simple as possible.

“There’s this desire to have some independence over your own personal health, so I do think there'll be a willingness [to adopt this technology],” said Furman. “But just as it was slow to adopt all the telehealth technologies before COVID fire started it — I think this will be something similar. Everyone needs to come together and be willing and open to trying something new.”

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