Integrated Ultrasound: a disruptive technology changing the paradigm of medical care
 
Doctors have been using different medical devices for improving their medical practice since ancient times.

When Renee Laennec presented the stethoscope, he probably didn’t realize that he was completely changing the way of doing medicine for the next generations. Although very resisted at first, the Laennec’s device has been used for more than 200 years in the medical practice, enhancing the decision making process.

As the stethoscope many years ago, integrated multifocal ultrasound, another example of innovative and disrupting technology, is changing the paradigm of medical care and the way of doing medicine in multiple different clinical scenarios.

Nowadays it has become an essential tool in the medical practice and is helping doctors from all over the world in the management of their patients, both in hospital and in pre hospital settings, as well as in rural and remote areas.

When there is no time, seeing with sound in a few seconds what is happening inside the human body, can make a big difference for many patients.

Not based in organ exploration as the traditional, radiological use of ultrasound, this problem based use of ultrasound is a visual and holistic way of doing medicine. It allows us to explore the patients from head to toe, integrating ultrasound both in the diagnosis, monitoring, follow up and in the guidance of different interventional procedures.

The concept of visual medicine, thanks to the use of ultrasound, is not only changing the way of doing medicine, but also the way of teaching and learning medicine.

Every year more medical schools are incorporating focal ultrasound in their curricula to enhance the learning and the teaching process of anatomy, phisiology, semiology and to improve the decisión making process in different complex clinical scenarios. As the stethoscope since 200 years ago, today many students are using ultrasound since their first contact with the medical practice at their medical schools.

The miniaturization of the devices maintaining the image quality and the high connectivity of the new devices give us the possibility of a live interaction with experts located anywhere in the world, and permits its use in remote and isolated critical scenarios. Lately the incorporation of artificial intelligence in small devices is changing again the paradigm already changed only a few years ago. Integrated, multifocal ultrasound is already an essential part of our daily medical practice and a fundamental part of the clinical decisión making process.

Probably in the next few years, it will not be uncommon to see all doctors with small US devices hanging around their necks.