We’re tired of seeing it in future movies and games: a technology capable of showing the inside of a human, animal, or alien body in the form of a tablet, or glass that protrudes from a device, or a very small scanner. , All without the need for the large and expensive equipment that we see in medical facilities and hospitals.
Imagine a patch the same thing you buy at a pharmacy like any other plaster, you open it, stick it on your chest and the doctor can see your heart, lungs etc in real time. Well, it exists and they made it.
Until now, medical experts have used conventional ultrasound to visualize our organs without resorting to surgery or other invasive procedures. Contemporary ultrasound has one major drawback: it requires large and expensive equipment. These types of equipment are usually only appropriate in the context of a doctor’s office or hospital. However, a team of researchers at MIT intends to bring this technology closer to those with new high-tech patches.
The team has developed A postage stamp-sized device capable of providing unobstructed ultrasound images of organs for up to two days. Applying the postage-stamp-sized device to research participants produced real-time, high-resolution images of deep organs such as the abdomen, heart and lungs. Wearing the patch, participants performed a variety of activities, including running, standing, sitting, and cycling; The patches remained firmly attached while recording changes in the underlying organs.
From the images generated by the patch, the team was able to see changes in the width of major blood vessels when participants were sitting or standing. The patches were also able to pick up information about deeper organs, such as how the abdomen expands and then changes shape when volunteers drink fluids, as well as how the heart changes when it is stressed during exercise.
Some participants lifted weights for their share of the trials. When lifting weights, the researchers were able to create bright patterns in the underlying muscles, indicating brief microscopic damage., The patch is able to generate high-resolution images over long periods of time by combining an elastic adhesive layer with a rigid array of transducers.
According to MIT graduate student Kanghe Wang, This configuration allows the device to conform to the skin and preserve the relative location of the transducer for more detailed and clear images, In its current version, the patch still requires a wired connection to a device that can convert the reflected sound waves into visible images.
Although the patches also have advantages in their current form compared to traditional ultrasound devices, the team is working to make them work wirelessly, allowing patients to take them home from the hospital or doctor’s office.
A useful, powerful and inexpensive medical device
MIT professor Xuanhe Zhao said the team is envisioning a set of patches that can be placed at different places on the body., and that these communicate with the smartphone. In theory, it would be possible for phone software to analyze images on demand, making the patch a very powerful medical tool.
Xuanhe Zhao: “We believe we have opened a new era of portable imaging: with just a few patches on the body, you can see your internal organs”, The team presented their findings in an article published in the scientific journal Science. And of course, medical technology never ceases to amaze us.