The future of fetal ultrasound diagnostic technology is here. Adia is a revolutionary device that performs a complete scan of the fetus, which then produces a three-dimensional, rotating image of the fetus. The data collected from the scan can then be sent for diagnosis nearly anywhere in the world. In particular, Adia may prove to be a lifesaving tool in developing countries, where maternal and infant mortality rates are the highest.
The initial research for Adia was performed in Sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. The need for this type of advanced ultrasound equipment is crucial, as it is estimated that, over the next 10 years, more than 2.5 million women will die during pregnancy and almost 49 million will endure lifelong disabilities from labor complications, which will also mean a loss of nearly $45 billion in productivity.
Of these deaths and disabilities, it is estimated that nearly 75 percent are preventable, provided that women have access to appropriate care. Adia is expected to fill the gap in delayed care for millions of women around the world, thereby helping them achieve a healthy pregnancy.
Adia uses a specialized technology called Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer, known simply as CMUT, which is embedded into a blanket that is place over the mother’s stomach. Each of the CMUT transducers sends a signal and collects an image from around the mother’s stomach, which then is sent to the device’s internal software. The software combines all of the images to create a three-dimensional, rotating image than be easily manipulated on any computer.
The data produced by the CMUT technology can then be sent to any doctor in any part of the world for diagnosis. The blanket is comfortable for the mother and can easily fit over any mother’s growing abdomen, thereby providing a friendlier alternative to traditional ultrasound machines.
Adia is a blanket which is embedded with CMUT transducers. Each transducer sends a signal, collecting an image from every angle around the mothers’ stomach. The internal software combines all the images together to create a 3D rotate-able image, which can be rotated on any computer using a simple mouse click. This data can then be sent to any available doctor around the world for diagnosis. Adia is so simple and easy to use, the technician only needs to know how to put it on the mother and turn it on, and the rest of the technical information is processed elsewhere.
The blanket is designed to fit any mothers growing abdomen, and is a warm and friendly alternative to current ultrasound machines.