It is difficult for non-radiologists to carry out ultrasound as they often don’t have the required knowledge. But in recent years, more and more physicians have started using ultrasound on a daily basis. This is because many emergency situations arise where radiologists might not be present and an ultrasound is necessary. Keeping this growing trend in mind, Philips developed Lumify which is an app-based ultrasound device that uses mobile technology.
A press release by Lumify said it offers “high-quality imaging on a compatible smart device through a subscription model…a new ultrasound approach [that] brings together mobile applications, advanced ultrasound transducer technology, integrated IT, training, education, and support services.”
The Lumify Device
Lumify uses your own tablet as the interface and display. It looks like a standard transducer. There is a micro-USB plug on the far end of the device.
Randy Hamlin, vice president and business segment leader for Ultra Mobile, Philips Ultrasound, said “There is a time and place for each of those, but they don’t replace each other, they both do a lot of the same things. Yet there are times when I want to spend a little bit longer time typing a document or creating content, and I’ll go to my laptop.”
To use the device, you have to download the Lumify app onto a tablet which is compatible with Android. You can then plug in the transducer in the micro-USB port and you are ready to use the ultrasound system. The app lets you share scans, add notations and send emails to colleagues.
The app can be updated to add new features and make the user experience better.
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Not a Threat to Radiologists
The launch of the device does not mean that the radiologists will be in a threat.
Hamlin said “Radiologists can play a great role in mentoring and creating credentialing guidelines for use of ultrasound outside of the radiology department. And I think that’s the role that they can play in helping to make sure that the quality of ultrasound outside of radiology is maintained.”
In the future it is expected that Lumify will work as a real-time connected device which will let a radiologist in a hospital watch a live ultrasound being carried out at an urgent care center. The radiologist will have the ability to guide the medical professional at the center regarding the treatment process, in real time.
Thus, Lumify will help both radiologists and non-radiologists to perform ultrasound without any hitch.
The small size of Philips Lumify provides the flexibility to scan hard to reach places. http://t.co/4v53eYjhfD
— Philips Health (@philipshealth) July 3, 2015
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