Mount Sinai and Rush University piloting telemedicine ultrasound robots

Researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are testing the feasibility and efficiency of telerobotic ultrasound examinations for cardiovascular imaging.

A cardiovascular specialist at Mount Sinai controls a robotic arm with ultrasound technology at Rush University Medical Center using a standard Internet connection. Specialists at Rush will also conduct in-person, manual ultrasound exams to compare detection results.

"Launching long-distance, telerobotic ultrasound exams between two major hospitals in two large cities is a sign that we may be able to make waves in accelerating access to and cost-effectiveness of this critical heart health imaging diagnostic tool to other cities, small towns or rural communities in need," says Partho P. Sengupta, MD, the study's principal investigator at Mount Sinai and director of interventional echocardiography and cardiac ultrasound research, and associate professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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