By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 23 -- GE Medical Systems Global Technology, Waukesha, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,535,227) developed by Menachem Halmann, Milwaukee, and Shinichi Amemiya, Hachioji, Japan, for a "method and system for PDA-based ultrasound."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system are disclosed for a compact, inexpensive ultrasound system using an off-the-shelf personal digital assistant (PDA) device interfacing to a hand-held probe assembly through a standard digital interface. The hand-held probe assembly comprises a detachable transducer head attached to a beamforming module that performs digital beamforming. The PDA runs Windows applications and displays menus and images to a user. The PDA also runs ultrasound data processing software to support a plurality of imaging modes. An internal battery is provided in the PDA to power the system. The transducer head is detachable from the beamforming module."
The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2005 (11/044,401). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8535227.PN.&OS=PN/8535227&RS=PN/8535227
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.