The feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it all is one that we are all likely to experience at some time in our lives. Luckily the increasingly sophisticated technology that is available to us can help to make life that little bit easier. Technology can enable us to fly across the world in the space of a day, be connected to the internet whenever we need it and wherever we are and of course, own smartphones that can seemingly do almost anything.

However, how can technology help with relation to veterinary ultrasound? Regular visitors to the Vet Image Solutions website may have noticed that I have mentioned how the advancement of technology is likely to benefit the field of ultrasound in previous articles. It is therefore unsurprising that I recently read about the creation of a wireless ultrasound scanning machine by a company called dBMEDx, which can be used as a means by which to image the bladder, termed the ‘Benchmark Bladder System’ (originally published on DOTmed). The original article discussing this new scanner has been previously posted on the Vet Image Solutions Facebook page. Rather than discuss all the functions this new wireless scanning device possesses and the resultant advantages to the operator, I instead want to elaborate on one particular feature of this wireless scanner, and how we here at Vet Image Solutions predict this technology would be used for ultrasonography in the future.

The ability of this device to independently locate the bladder caught my eye, presumably negating the need for the operator to save time by having to do this themselves. It is this technology that could therefore prove invaluable in the context of pregnancy within the veterinary species. Ultrasound imaging is a crucial tool that is used in the detection and confirmation of pregnancy across the animal kingdom, and can provide vitally important information to breeders, farmers and veterinarians. Whilst a technician would still be important in helping to confirm the absence or presence of a foetus in the animal in question, this technology may aid in helping the gestational age of the foetus to be more rapidly assessed. To take an example, it is easy to see how this could greatly benefit breeders, particularly if they require this information to pass on to potential clients.

Consequently, I would therefore predict that a wireless scanner is going help revolutionise the world of ultrasound as we know it. Although I do not envisage any dramatic changes in the way that we use ultrasound in the near future, it is this kind of technology that will help to build on the ultrasound scanning machines currently available on the market – helping to increase the amount of information available to those that work in the veterinary field.