Jul 30, 2022

Engineers develop stickers that can see inside the body

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Ultrasound imaging is a safe and noninvasive window into the body’s workings, providing clinicians with live images of a patient’s internal organs. To capture these images, trained technicians manipulate ultrasound wands and probes to direct sound waves into the body. These waves reflect back out to produce high-resolution images of a patient’s heart, lungs, and other deep organs.

Currently, imaging requires bulky and specialized equipment available only in hospitals and doctor’s offices. But a new design by MIT engineers might make the technology as wearable and accessible as buying Band-AIDS at the pharmacy.

In a paper appearing today in Science, the engineers present the design for a new ultrasound —a stamp-sized device that sticks to skin and can provide continuous ultrasound imaging of for 48 hours.

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