Pen-sized ultrasound machine makes care more accessible

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Many communities around the world rely on donated healthcare equipment, which often consists of machines in the last years of their life, making them potentially less effective and efficient. Having seen firsthand how particularly remote communities struggle to access healthcare, particularly the most up-to-date equipment and medicines, two bioengineering PhD students from Imperial College London created a miniature ultrasound device that is the size of a pen. The team is already planning to continue shrinking the design until it is the size of an easily-swallowable chip.

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