A recent TechXplore article discussed an innovative method for monitoring the interior of the body. Ultrasounds are a common noninvasive way for physicians to peer inside the body of a patient with live images. However, they require large specialized equipment that is only available in hospitals and physicians offices. A team of engineers at MIT has created an adhesive patch that contains ultrasound technology that could make imaging much more accessible.
The “ultrasound sticker” is about the size of a stamp, and provides continuous ultrasound imaging of internal organs for up to 48 hours. Currently, the design involves connecting the stickers to instruments that translate the sound waves into images. However, the team is working toward a wireless version that could be sold at a pharmacy. A video with more information can be seen here.