An Ultrasound Machine with a Brain

Author: Shannon Lee

For the most part, human anatomy is the same. If a patient comes into the Emergency Department (ED) and has a small bowel obstruction or a pulmonary embolism, the current standard is to get a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan to rule out these specific conditions. Although a CT scan is accurate and identifying patients with specific conditions, the drawbacks include the patient having to leave there bed, the cost of the scan, as well as the radiation given off. The move to newer and advanced technology is NOW. Ultrasound is a leading method of prognosis that can be done at bedside and does not give off radiation. The current studies at the UCI Medical Center?s Emergency Department have already showed promise in the power of ultrasound. In all of these studies, ED physicians are equipped with the knowledge to preform the ultrasound, but what IF we outsourced to college students and volunteers to do the ultrasound. In reality what is seen on the ultrasound machine are essentially sound waves that produce an image based on changes in density. If images of healthy individuals are the same and can be differentiated, shouldn?t they also be the similar on other imaging devices like ultrasound too? Regardless of the type of women, how much she weighs, and other medical conditions she may have, ultrasound will spot her baby regardless. I propose we create a profile of the various common conditions that can be identified on ultrasound, and ?teach? the ultrasound machine to observe the changes in density and recognize the images of different conditions. I want to create Ultrasound Machine that can think. Although ultrasound is very time-efficient and has many benefits, the limiting factor can often be the physician. By creating a ultrasound machine that only requires any individual to hold the probe and move it close to the patients, the changes in density and similarity patterns can tell the individual which way to move and how hard to press, similar to how a GPS works. This method would reduce the amount of time spent by physician as well as improve the accuracy. Ultrasound is a leading technology, and it deserves a brain to go with it.