Ultrasound on the go? Smartphone-based imaging system released by Mobisante

Ultrasound systems can be bulky and expensive. But a Redmond company by the name of Mobisante is looking to transform the industry with a new technology that turns a smartphone into a miniature ultrasound device.

Mobisante is expected to begin selling the $7,495 ultrasound attachment this month, with BusinessWeek noting that some top-end portable ultrasound systems can cost upwards of $100,000.

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Meanwhile, VentureBeat reports that there’s been a back-and-forth with the FDA over the Mobisante device. In fact, it has dragged on so long that reporter Heather Kelly notes that the system “ships with a Toshiba TG01 touchscreen phone running Windows Mobile 6.5 — a device that was originally released in 2009.”

Mobisante execs said at a recent health care conference that the delays cost the company more than $100,000. Nonetheless, the company — which competes with GE’s new Vscan device — still writes on its Web site that the release is “probably the shortest time frame for a medical device to move from concept to a commercial product.”

Founded by Sailesh Chutani – a former Microsoft mobile exec — and David Zar — a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis — Mobisante is backed by WRF Capital and others.

Here’s a demo of the Mobisante system:

  • http://twitter.com/davidniu David Niu

    Wow! That’s great, game changing technology not only here but also for the millions around the world who don’t have easy, cost-effective access to pre-birth care. Kudos to the team.

  • http://www.thinkspace.com/blog Kristin Eide

    Love seeing Sailesh and the Mobisante team featured in Geekwire!! They’re one of our members here at thinkspace. Over the summer, I had a chance to play with the device and do an ultrasound scan of my carotid artery- pretty mind-blowing technology.

  • http://twitter.com/bryantr bryantr

    Congrats Sailesh! Phenomenal achievement!

  • http://www.puzzazz.com Roy Leban

    I had the opportunity to see this product fairly early in its life and was very impressed with the potential. Congrats to the whole team on the launch!

  • http://twitter.com/SueAtkins Sue Atkins

    Fascinating !

  • http://twitter.com/carolune Carolina Ödman

    WOW!
    Now that’s what I call real progress in medicine. Not drugs, but accessibility! Please send us a few million to the developing world, it’ll save millions of mothers’ lives.
    Who said cool technology could not have a direct impact on the millennium development goals?…. And…I so want one!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/carolune Carolina Ödman

    WOW!
    Now that’s what I call real progress in medicine. Not drugs, but accessibility! Please send us a few million to the developing world, it’ll save millions of mothers’ lives.
    Who said cool technology could not have a direct impact on the millennium development goals?…. And…I so want one!!! :)

  • Ali

    Good Idea, but too much exposure to X-Rays can damage the fetus..so it probably wouldn’t be smart to have one that you can play with whenever you want

    • Baxter2002

       It’s ultrasound imaging, nothing to do with X-Rays

  • jennifer

    is this available on iphones in the app store?

  • Samirbitar

    Hi,hwo CAN i get one?