Portable imaging technologies and the democratisation of clinical imaging

Author(s): Dr Gregory Makris

Hospital: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine 47, 557, 21


In the not so distant past, most of our everyday activities revolved around a specific location. If you wanted to watch a movie you had to go to the cinema. If you were waiting for a phone call you had to wait over your telephone for that precious ring and, of course, your boss expected you to be chained to your office desk. In the micro-cosmos of the hospital and healthcare the reality was similar. If you wanted a blood test your blood sample had to go all the way to the lab and if you wanted an x-ray or an ultrasound you would have to go to the x-ray or ultrasound department. Needless to say, the world has changed a lot in the last 20 years and mobility (and battery life) is probably the number one quality of any product. In medicine, as always, slowly but surely we are catching up.

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