Professor Joshua Broder, lead researcher from of Duke University, North Carolina, explained: 'With 2D technology you see a visual slice of an organ, but without any context, you can make mistakes.'These are problems that can be solved with the added orientation and holistic context of 3D technology.'Gaining that ability at an incredibly low cost by taking existing machines and upgrading them seemed like the best solution to us.'Demonstrating the device at the American College of Emergency Physicians Research Forum in Washington, DC, the researchers showed how the £7.50 () chip provided £38,000 (,000) ultrasound machines with many of the abilities of £190,000 (0,000) 3D scanners.
Professor Broder said the idea came to him while playing with a Nintendo Wii gaming system with his son.
Professor Broder said: 'Ultrasound is such a beautiful technology because it is inexpensive, it is portable, and it is completely safe in every patient.'And it is brought to the bedside and it doesn't interfere with patient care.'His team has already patented the technology and hope to bring it to market in a couple of years.
With the game console's ability to accurately track the exact position of the controller, he wondered about just sticking the controller to an ultrasound probe The team is also working to bridge some of gaps between their adapted 3D ultrasound and 3D machines, such as the ability to capture a beating heart in motion.
Scroll down for video Scientists used a common microchip costing just £7 () that tracks how your smartphone or controller is oriented to convert current hospital ultrasound machines.
It produced an instant 3D model similar in quality to a CT scan or MRI that are five times more expensive The chip mounts onto a traditional plastic ultrasound probe that slides over a patient's skin, relaying two dimensional pictures of internal organs or unborn babies.
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To get the best 3D images, the team also devised a plastic stand to help steady the probe as the user hones in on one part of the anatomy.And it is brought to the bedside and it doesn't interfere with patient care'Newborn babies are also notoriously difficult to get images of, but doctors may need numerous scans when there is fluid on the brain or a congenital condition.MRI machines require patients to be still for minutes at a time, which often means sedating an infant.With the game console's ability to accurately track the exact position of the controller, he wondered about just sticking the controller to an ultrasound probe with duct tape.His team created their prototypes in 3D printing labs, starting with a streamlined plastic holster that slips onto the ultrasound probe.
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