New ultrasound technology proving to be revolutionary
July 24, 2018 12:01 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An old healthcare tool is rapidly changing. The ultrasound has come a long way from what anyone is used to, and doctors at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center say it’s saving lives and cutting down on costs.
David Stromberg is just one doctor using new ultrasound technology from the convenience of an exam room. Something old, stationary ultrasound equipment wouldn't have allowed doctors to do.
“I really do think there’s a lot of technology that drives us away from patients. This is a technology that brings us closer to patients,” Stromberg said.
These days ultrasound machines are smaller, portable, and give doctors images they would never have dreamed of.
“So looking at the lungs with ultrasound and historically speaking we didn’t think that was possible. And then we found that we can see a ton of different things looking at the lung that we didn't even realize we could look even 10 years ago,” Stromberg said.
That’s changing the game when it comes to rural health care.
“From a patient perspective, you talk to a patient about a concern, let’s say a clot in their leg. They're worried about that. Historically you’d send that person to the hospital to get an ultrasound. But now we have this new tool, where we could do that right then and there,” Stromberg said.
The benefits to the patients are many, especially when it comes to costs. In some cases, he said a simple scan doesn't cost a patient a thing.
“If you have someone coming into the clinic with a specific concern and we're able to diagnose in the clinic and not have to send them for a CT scan, but in addition to that also send them to a hospital, we've reduced their cost considerably, and we've reduced the cost to the system," Stromberg said.
And moving forward, Stromberg said it could really change the way doctors practice medicine.
“If this gets to the place where everyone has one in their pockets, which honestly we're not too far away from, we may be thinking about the way we look and listen to the heart very differently."
Created: July 24, 2018 12:01 PM
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