South African medical company is launching an innovative wireless ultrasound device
A South African investment holding company aimed at bringing innovative technology to the African medical industry through its investments has launched its wireless ultrasound solution, as reported by Pretoria News, a partner of TV BRICS.
This comes after Innov8 Group Holdings co-founders Dr Chad Marthinussen and Abdul-Malick Salie entered into a successful partnership with the Irish fund and family office earlier this year.
They have signed a five-year distribution deal with international medical giant Avacare Global to distribute their cutting-edge U-Image wireless ultrasound solution.
The U-Image concept was developed by Marthinussen, a qualified medical doctor, in 2018 while he was working at a public hospital in the Western Cape.
In early 2021, Innov8 Group Holdings received accreditation from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and immediately set about building a device based on its transducer.
The U-Image wireless ultrasound device is claimed to be the world's most affordable point-of-care ultrasound device. Despite being smaller than a smartphone, it provides the world's best performance in various medical fields.
The device, which is a 3-in-1 ultrasound transducer, can scan the entire body in all conditions.
The device, which has already been commissioned, is said to have already been a game changer as it allows healthcare professionals to improve bedside examinations and clinical care, detect symptoms and reduce intervention time. It is a win for patients already suffering in South Africa's overburdened healthcare sector.
The technology company said the U-Image ecosystem is also designed to seamlessly connect the scanner and scanned data to its medical artificial intelligence (AI) system for image processing, enabling real-time analysis and decision-making. This way, doctors get the information they need when they need it most.
One of the first institutions to purchase U-Image for its medical student base was Stellenbosch University.
Since then, Western Cape hospitals such as Tygerberg Hospital, Khayelitsha Day Hospital, and Worcester Hospital have used the device and technology successfully and effectively.
Innov8 Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Marlon Parker said U-Image is committed to improving healthcare delivery through technology.
Africa Intelligent Machines founder Storm Rhoda said the combination of the U-Image ultrasound device and its AI-enabled imaging system offers a complete solution for healthcare providers, providing accurate, efficient and immediate results.
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