South Korea offers some of the most innovative medical IoT devices in the world. One Korean tech entrepreneur named Benjamin Ryu has created a Korean startup called Healcerion. Benjamin has been a major player in the tech industry in Korea for some time now. He has done many projects that include email and digital processing, embedded systems technology, and operating systems technology. He even got a medical doctorate degree in 2011. Therefore, now he is committed to combining his two great loves, technology, and medicine.

Portable Ultrasound Device by Healcerion

Healcerion SONONDr. Ryu is fascinated with smartphone technology and is eager to see if smartphone technology can be applied to the medical industry. In 2012 he founded Healcerion which looked to make the first and smallest sonogram device possible that can sync with smartphones as well as tablets. Now people can get instant results on their screens within seconds.

Most ultrasound devices are big and heavy. Therefore, expecting parents need to go to a hospital that carries the device which can cost hospitals over $100,000 (USD) and weigh over 150 pounds. Most emergency rooms don’t carry this device because of the price as well as the size. Now with the device and the app, doctors and hospitals can have easy access to sonograms that are cheap as well as portable.

How does SONON work?

SONON comes in the SONON 300L and the SONON 300C. SONON 300L is the best option for MSK exams while the SONON 300C is best used for ultrasounds. A convex probe is attached at the end of Sonon 300C to allow for precise sonogram readings.

Both have a compact design and offer wireless connectivity. Since both are handheld devices they can be taken anywhere. The device is used with the SONON X which is the world’s first wireless, app-based ultrasound. It works with the SONON Ultrasound Imaging System. All SONON devices have been CE and FDA approved.

Now patients do not need to be transferred into a room that has sonograms. Doctors can bring the device to the patient to provide an instant diagnosis. The image and results will show up on the app within seconds. Imagine a pregnant woman in pain at home unable to move. Therefore, the only option was to bring her to a hospital that actually had a sonogram….now emergency crews can go to her with the device and diagnosis the problem in her own home. It is not hard to imagine to see every hospital do away with the conventional sonogram and use this innovative portable sonogram device.

In addition, Imagine doctors in third world countries performing sonograms out on the field in third world countries and have the images sent to hospitals for analysis. Pregnant women in South Korea get an ultrasound exam every month, however, women in developing countries have to walk great distances to the nearest hospital just to get one ultrasound.

“We work with the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations to provide our products to local healthcare centers in developing countries,” said CEO of Healcerion, Benjamin Ryu.

Ultrasound for COVID Lung Scanning

Portable Ultra SoundSONON can even be used to detect signs of pneumonia in patients. Currently, it is difficult to do CT scans on all patients since it requires large machines. Thanks to SONON, finding patients with pneumonia is very easy. The 12 area examination method is used to carry out the exam. The lung area is divided into three areas called the anterior, lateral, and posterior. Furthermore, according to the Beside Lung Ultrasound in Emergency Protocol, the lungs are further divided into upper and lower fields by the blue dots in the picture shown below.

healcerion COIVDAs a result, the two lungs are divided into 12 areas. The ultrasound exam is carried out by placing the device on the chest wall perpendicular to the ribs. The device is then moved up and down and side to side. The doctor will get to a clear image of the plural gland and potential signs of pneumonia. Therefore, doing a comparison of the ultrasound images between a normal lung and an infected lung will reveal clear signs of infection.

HealcerionA normal lung (left) demonstrates a strong bright horizontal line called the pleura line. Signs of an infected lung (right) are irregular and thickened pleural glands as seen below.

COVID-19 screening centers in Korea are using portable ultrasound devices. They have played a large role in detecting signs of COVID early. Therefore, countries around the world are looking for access to SONON. The good news is that SONON has already started to export the device to over 40 countries around the world. SONON is safe, radiation-free, cost-effective, and portable. This makes SONON the optimal tool in the field.