Thanks to the MELODY Expert system, the imaging expert performs ultrasound exams on a patient located remotely.
He manipulates a “dummy probe”, similar to the real one, allowing him to control the robotic arm.
The ultrasound image is displayed on a screen in real time. The expert is capable to make the settings of the ultrasound machine from distance.
The ultrasound image, the robotic arm command and the videoconferencing are transmitted through internet in real time.
The videoconferencing system allows the expert to speak with the patient.
The system has been designed to use a limited internet bandwidth (2Mbits/s onwards), and therefore it is fully operational in rural areas with ADSL, 3G+, 4G and satellite networks.
A healthcare professional with no ultrasound skill is able to assist the imaging expert by positioning the robotic arm on the patient.
The ultrasound probe is mounted on the robotic arm.
The MELODY system replicates exactly the motions generated by the hand of the expert in real time.