Application of a Wireless Finger-mounted Ultrasound Transducer and Imaging Platform

Period of Performance: 09/03/2015 - 02/03/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Sonivate Medical
8880 SW Nimbus Ave. Suite A
Beaverton, OR 97008
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


We propose to add ultra-wide-band (UWB) wireless connectivity to a wearable, battery powered, finger-worn ultrasound probe and system (under development through a separate contract) capable of performing the FAST exam for use in the battlefield. UWB is particular suited to medical defense needs on the battlefield as the wireless transmission is undetectable, uses low power and has high bandwidth for video transmission. Starix, Inc. (Irvine, CA) will serve as a subcontractor and the project will utilize their ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to incorporate wireless connectivity of the beamformer and transducer system to connect and display images on a SMART device such as an Android-based miniature display or NETT warrior platform. Providing wireless connectivity to an existing field monitor or smart phone untethers the medic and minimizes the footprint and weight of the ultrasound system. The wearable wireless finger-worn probe will bring ultrasound capability to the front line, enabling rapid triage and effective diagnosis to guide immediate treatment prior to transport, which will reduce battlefield mortality. The compact wearable form of the probe and system puts minimal burden on the medic and allows the exam to be performed under all circumstances including on solders wearing body armor.