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InnerVision Medical Technologies Develops Ultrasound Device to Image Morbidly Obese
Date:9/11/2013

Ramamurthy, Ph.D., chief technical officer of InnerVision. “Ultrasound is one of the least invasive and most cost-effective diagnostic tools available to health care professionals; however, conventional ultrasound lacks the ability to penetrate at an adequate depth to provide useful diagnostic images for obese patients, a condition that affects roughly one in three Americans. In fact, a large number of abdominal ultrasound exams are sub-optimal for this patient population due to body habitus.”

Klein Biomedical Consultants reports just over 22 million abdominal ultrasound exams were performed in 2012. Through an independent, ad hoc survey of physicians, it is estimated that up to 10 percent of abdominal ultrasound exams are non-diagnostic due to obesity.

“For our early clinical evaluations, comparative ultrasound exams were performed on subjects with BMIs ranging from 50 to 66 using our system and an industry-leading system,” continued Dr. Ramamurthy. “Initial results show that the InnerVision Medical system consistently delivered a more uniform image with better resolution at depth, providing definitive, diagnostic information on deep structures, such as the liver and kidney. For one subject (BMI 57.5), a physician commented specifically that the industry-leading system’s images of the subject’s liver and kidney were non-diagnostic; however, the InnerVision Medical images were clearly diagnostic.”

Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions including hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, gallstones, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease (CAD), sleep apnea and cancer. Obese individuals have a 50-100 percent increased risk of premature death, and it’s estimated that obesity may be the cause of 300,000 deaths per year according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the WHO, class I obesity is defined by a BMI of 30 or greater; class II obesity is defined by a BMI of 35 or greate
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