According to the report, the device isn’t meant to replace large ultrasound machines, but to allow ultrasound technology to be used in situations in which the larger, full-featured machines are inconvenient or not practical. One example given is for a doctor making general rounds, where ultrasound could be a very useful evaluation tool but doesn’t warrant the time and trouble it would take to employ a full-sized machine.
I can envision how Healcerion’s device would be very useful in rural medicine, home healthcare, and in resource-poor areas. The ability to package ultrasound technology into a hand-held, wireless unit points to how other medical technologies will become eminently portable and convenient as well. It will be a great boon in providing underserved populations access to sophisticated healthcare technologies.