Diagnostic imaging  

Plug-and-play USB ultrasound probe

21 May 2006

San Ramon, Calif., USA.  Direct Medical Systems, LLC (DMS) has launched a plug and play ultrasound probe system (Ppups) for connecting to a laptop or PC.

The plug and play ultrasound probePpups is a complete ultrasound imaging system built into a small USB-compatible probe for B-mode imaging. The cost of the probe is under $3,700 and it weighs 7.5 ounces. The probe is operational by loading the software and plugging the USB cable into the USB (2.0) port. The probe captures images and sends them to the PC for processing. The image quality increases by eliminating the analog signal noise caused by travelling through a cable to be processed in the system. The Ppups is offered in 3.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 12MHz for the most common ultrasound applications.

"Once FDA approval comes in the fourth quarter of this year the possibility for uses of the Ppups are endless, third world countries, ambulances, military, OBGYN, urology, dermatology, you name it," Mark Falkowski, President & CEO of Direct Medical Systems states. "This ultrasound can go anywhere and for a price anyone can afford."

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