The French company AdEchoTech has designed MELODY, a robotized tele-echography system that can perform real-time remote ultrasound examinations. The project was initiated in response to medical desertification and the lack of services in isolated areas around the world.
A radiology nurse in a local hospital can position the robot on a patient’s body. The entire examination is conducted via videoconference with the robot manipulated remotely by a radiologist. The robot reproduces the radiologist’s movements, and maintains the same probe angle. The radiologist uses monitors to view both the procedure and the ultrasound image.
The radiologist takes full responsibility because he/she is the one actually manipulating the probe and reading the image. Direct two-way communication between doctor and patient is possible.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.