New ultrasound stickers could let pregnant women watch baby grow on their smartphones

New ultrasound stickers could let pregnant women watch baby grow on their smartphones

Representational image of a pregnant person holding their belly. — Pixabay/Robster_91

 

A new sticker-like wearable that could allow pregnant women to track a developing fetus in the womb has been developed.

The patch, created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can capture continuous live images from inside the body for up to 48 hours. Currently, the team is working on connecting the live image stream of the cane to a smartphone app via AI, according to the Daily Mail.

Stickers can also monitor tumors in cancer patients, allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment.

From now on, to see the inside of your body, you have to have an ultrasound. However, this method requires large, expensive equipment and must be performed in a doctor’s office.

In addition, ultrasound currently uses gels, which can dry quickly, meaning doctors cannot scan organs for long periods of time.

The new patches, according to MIT engineers, will contain the gel in an air barrier, allowing for longer use – up to 48 hours.

According to Professor Xuanhe Zhao, a mechanical engineer at MIT and a member of the team, this new device has “opened up a new era of mobile imaging.

 

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