A group at Waseda University led by Dr. Hiroyasu Iwata is working on a new internal imaging robot for emergency situations. Traditionally, individuals in accidents must wait until they reach a hospital to determine whether they have internal bleeding or not. The portable internal imaging system will allow emergency responders to work with a doctor at a remote location to check for internal bleeding. The system uses an iPhone to control a robot that is attached to the chest area using a belt and can be remotely operated by a physician. An ultrasound probe sends images to the physician as the robot moves. Internal bleeding appears as black shadows. The system will work anywhere with a network connection and researchers hope to eventually place them on ambulances so doctors will be able to check for serious injuries prior to a patient’s arrival.
(Source: DigInfo TV)