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Diagnosis Murmur: How 'Intelligent' Ultrasound Could Benefit Medicine

from Wired

If you have ever seen the heart of a baby pulsating away on the screen of an ultrasound scanner you will also have noticed how much the success of the scan depends on the skill — or luck — of the operator to jiggle the probe to get the best image and then measure a skull or a limb lurking somewhere in that confusion. With this in mind, Professor Alison Noble is working to improve the image quality and diagnostic power of this most widely used of medical imaging tools through Intelligent Ultrasound, spun-out from Oxford University by Isis Innovation. Launched earlier this month, the company already has £610,000 of seed finance to develop software that will reduce the risk of incorrect or missed diagnoses and the incidence of costly rescans, saving the NHS £40 million per year in cardiology alone, let alone antenatal. And while you probably haven't heard of Noble before, you are likely to hear a lot more about Oxford's Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the future. more

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