As big as a postage stamp and poster, this is the ultrasound machine of the future

MIT researchers have developed self-adhesive patches that allow ultrasound to be performed on organs for 48 hours. A small revolution may be useful to control tumor progression, pregnancy or to avoid the consequences of overtraining in older athletes.

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I do Ultrasound With high accuracy by applying the equivalent of a small self-adhesive bandage to the skin, that’s what celebrity researchers have done Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. Instead of having a lot of equipment and a monopoly on the operator to pull the probe and move it freeze At the target body site, the patient can wear this patch for 48 hours and take pictures of the organ’s function during various activities. Operation of the patch is equivalent to the work of the probe. Therefore, it is issued Ultrasound To represent the patient’s organs in photographer.

At the moment, this process is still experimental, but researchers have been able to note the effectiveness of this patch in capturing high-resolution live images of major blood vessels and deeper organs such as the heart, lungs and thestomach. Specifically, the self-adhesive patch is approximately 2 square centimeters in diameter and 3 millimeters thick. Between two layers of adhesive and elastic elastomers that adhere directly to the skin, there is a layer water gel A solid material that facilitates the transmission of ultrasound, because it never dries out. The assembly supports a solid set of transducers, which helps produce sharper and more accurate images according to the researchers.

The hydrogel never dries out and this is what ensures good contouring of the imaging organs. © MIT

Ultrasound machine the size of a postage stamp

With the adhesive part, the patch can remain in place for at least 48 hours, and thanks to the radio transmission, instead of capturing the situation in time, it is able to collect changes in the organs as the patient performs various activities.

during the tests, Ultrasound It was conducted while volunteers were standing, sitting, running or cycling. Thus organ deformation or the effect of posture or activity can be examined. This is how the researchers were able to see the minute, temporary muscle movement that can be created when a volunteer lifts weights in real time.

The researchers were able to see in real time the tiny, temporary muscle lesions that can arise when a volunteer lifts weights.

Scientists are already convinced of the immediate interest of this invention. It could indeed make it possible to carry out permanent monitoring of a patient’s organs, without having to immobilize him or take him to a hospital, for example. These patches can be purchased directly from the pharmacy.

Going a little further, by connecting the patch via Bluetooth to smart phonea Request Custom can work AI It is decentralized to directly analyze aggregated images. tracking tumor or a Pregnancy It can then be achieved by sticking and making this patch Ultrasound Normal.

This project isn’t the only one that’s all about miniaturizing ultrasound imaging. More experiments with portable and flexible systems to investigate Members It has already been tried, but the results have remained modest in terms of definition. The devices are stretched to track the roughness of the body and distort the image accordingly. Moreover, it was not possible to perform an ultrasound of the deep organs. Today, with this ultrasonic correction, these obstructions seem to have been removed.

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