“We all have this idea that science is the place to be, to do science,” said Dr. Scott Lutz, a physician at the University of California, San Francisco, who is an expert in fetal medicine.
“Science, by definition, is a social enterprise, and social enterprises need people.”
He is one of the few medical experts who has been able to persuade colleagues that ultrasound technology is not only useful, but also valuable.
“The whole idea that we need a whole bunch of ultrasound machines in every single hospital is really ridiculous,” Dr. Lutz said.
“We don’t need a bunch of machines everywhere.
We need people who can do ultrasound.”
In many countries, the average cost of a single ultrasound is around $400.
“In the United States, it’s more like $300,” Dr, Lutz noted.
“And you have to pay for the whole procedure, so if you do it in a clinic you’re not getting much value out of it.”
In the U.S., a single doctor can provide up to 40 percent of the nation’s needed care.
In the UK, the typical cost of two such scans can be up to $800.
“It’s not that we’re lacking technology,” Drs.
Luthiers and Ziegler agreed.
“If you can find a device that’s a fraction of the cost of the cheapest devices out there, you’re better off going out and buying it.”
If you want to get a glimpse of the technology, Dr. Zieglers, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins University, is currently developing a device for the $100,000 price tag.
His company, Ziegling Imaging, is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“I’m a little bit of an engineering nerd, and I like to invent things,” he said.
He and his colleagues have developed an inexpensive and powerful machine, which is capable of scanning the entire body.
He hopes to sell the device by the end of the year.
In a world where most hospitals don’t have much in the way of imaging equipment, Dr Ziegles hopes to be able to use it to scan an entire person at a time, with a single scan.
He said that his machines are a way for hospitals to get an overview of the entire patient.
“You could be in the ICU and your doctor is in the OR, but they don’t know who’s coming to them.
And you have this huge swath of the population that they don