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Could AI and 3D printing be the future of OB/GYN ultrasound?

por Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | July 23, 2018
3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Ultrasound Women's Health
From the July 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


Samsung’s S-Vue transducers have a built-in single crystal technology that allows for higher resolution at depth. But it’s through the combination of many of its technologies, that a clinician will achieve good image quality.

“With the transducer, the beam former and the engine architecture of the ultrasound system, and then signal noise reduction and artifact suppression technologies, we have beautiful penetration on high BMI patients,” said Elliott.

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Philips’ PureWave transducer technology is another solution that improves penetration at higher frequencies.

A three-site clinical study conducted in Europe evaluated the use of the company’s C9-2 PureWave transducer and found that clinicians were able to complete over 88 percent of their technically difficult patient exams.

Patient engagement matters
With the industry transitioning to value-based care, patient engagement is now more important than ever. What could make a mother happier than receiving 3D images of her baby on her smartphone?

“Women, as well as their partners and extended family, are more involved than ever,” said GE’s Rott. “We have the need to share more with patients and give them more insights during the ultrasound exam.”
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This is an area that GE and Philips focus heavily on. GE partnered with the startup Trice Imaging to develop an application called Tricefy that securely sends images via the cloud to the patient’s smartphone.

The clinician enters the patient’s mobile number and can directly select from the ultrasound system the images to share. The patient then receives a text message with links to those images.

Philips acquired a company called Parenting Plus. Its flagship product is a platform that allows ultrasound images to be securely sent.

“Five to 10 years ago, you got a little printout, but now people want that electronically, so they can post it on social media and send it to grandparents,” said Philips’ Cohen.

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