This Mobile Ultrasound Startup Is Reshaping A $6 Billion Healthcare MarketJulian Mitchell , CONTRIBUTORI cover entrepreneurs and startups disrupting industries. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.TWEET THISOver the past 15 years, due to miniaturization of ultrasound technology, which has made it more affordable and portable, ultrasound imaging has made its way to the point of patient care.Eventually, we believe every doctor will own a handheld ultrasound that they will use in daily practice, just like a visual stethoscope.PlayMuteCurrent Time 1:56/Duration Time 1:56Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% ShareFullscreen(Photo courtesy of Clarius Mobile Health)The ultrasound market is currently valued at $6 billion globally.Contrary to popular perception, the use of ultrasounds for women’s health and pregnancy follow-ups represents less than 20% of their overall use for healthcare. For example, a diagnostic ultrasound is routinely used to diagnose a wide variety of healthcare conditions such as cancer, gall stones, and cardiovascular diseases.Ultrasounds have also grown to become a more trusted tool for examination amongst clinicians, because they provide a clear, real-time glimpse into the human body without the potential of radiation harming the body, a safety risk associated with x-rays. Additionally, ultrasounds eliminate lengthy delays in diagnosis that routinely result from traditional x-ray processes.Yet, despite offering a lower safety risk and increased efficiency, many clinicians still perform blind procedures due to barriers related to cost and convenience. As medical technology continues evolving at a rapid pace, doctors are faced with the challenges of quickly adapting, or remaining reliant upon methods that prove more expensive, inefficient and potentially harmful to patients. Understanding the next generation of clinicians must be on the cutting edge of technology, not just medicine, one startup developed a mobile ultrasound system designed for the digital age.ADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsFounded in 2014 by Laurent Pelissier, Clarius Mobile Health merges the power of mobile phones, advanced technology, and decades of collective ultrasound experience to produce high quality, point-and-shoot mobile ultrasound devices. Compatible with virtually any smart device, the technology is easy to operate, using the same functionality as touch screen smart devices. Creating an ultrasound device clinicians can carry in their pockets has led to a heightened adoption rate and expedited care times, with the majority of controls being automated.The startup was developed by a trained collective of experienced innovators who have played an instrumental role in reshaping the ultrasound industry. Their team of developers were the brains behind the first PC-based platform for ultrasound research. Additionally, Clarius Mobile Health introduced the first touch screen ultrasound system with a simplified user interface.
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