iPhone, Skype Used for Remote Ultrasound

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In another remarkable application of the iPhone, researchers have confirmed that at least two life-threatening conditions, apnea and pneumothorax, can be ruled out remotely using an iPhone with an ultrasound attachment.

The ultrasound images can be streamed from the iPhone using Skype and remotely accessed by a sonographer on a full-size monitor, according to a study published in The Journal of Trauma.

Sonographers are able to rule out sleep apnea or pneumothorax by watching for respiratory motion during sleep known as lung sliding. Researchers at several major universities around the world reportedly confirmed that the images obtained through the iPhone were clear enough to positively identify lung sliding, based on an article in Fierce Healthcare.

Other applications for the technology may include trauma exams, vascular anatomy and fetal wellness assessments.