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Portable Ultrasound: An Essential Tool in Women’s Health

   March 7, 2024

Portable ultrasound machines are commonly used by obstetricians/gynecologists to diagnose several conditions related to a woman’s health. These conditions include fetal monitoring and detection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy-related conditions, disorders related to infertility, ovarian & uterine cancers, and other conditions related to the female reproductive system.

Ultrasound enables imaging of the fetus and the postpartum conditions in obstetrics and imaging of reproductive organs in gynecology. Due to its radiation-free nature, ultrasound is extensively used for fetal scanning, growth monitoring, and anomaly detection.

Portable ultrasound machines play a crucial role in evaluating female reproductive organs, abdomen, pregnancy-related conditions, and in the determination of infertility causes. The assessment of women’s health has become an essential part, particularly in the early diagnosis of ovarian, uterine, and other conditions that affect the female reproductive organs.

Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases Using Portable Ultrasound

The global prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and heart disease is increasing. In 2021, approximately 41 million people succumbed to chronic diseases, constituting about 71% of all global deaths. Among these, cardiovascular diseases accounted for around 17.9 million deaths, followed by cancer at 9.3 million, and chronic respiratory diseases at approximately 4.1 million annually (Source: World Health Organization). Lung cancer is projected to escalate to 3.63 million cases by 2030 from 2.21 million in 2020 (Source: GLOBOCAN). The aging population, coupled with increasing numbers of individuals adopting sedentary lifestyles and engaging in poor dietary habits, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use, are primary drivers fueling the rise in chronic disease prevalence.

Ultrasound devices deliver immediate results. This speed can be crucial for time-sensitive medical conditions, allowing healthcare providers to make timely decisions. Portable ultrasound devices offer the advantage of being used directly at a patient's bedside, in compact examination rooms, or even in field settings. Thus, patients do not need to navigate through hospitals, preventing long waiting times and unnecessary movement.

AI, Machine Learning, and Wearable Ultrasound Devices – Prominent Trends Shaping the Future of Portable Ultrasound Industry

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are being readily adopted into the healthcare industry, including in medical devices. Portable ultrasound devices integrated with AI and ML enable automation, reducing labor, increasing accuracy, and reducing the requirement of human skill sets to perform tasks. Even with handheld ultrasound systems, there is a need to streamline the learning curve for novice users to effectively utilize ultrasound imaging. Even experienced users require time and attention to fine-tune the image, diverting their focus away from the patient.

As a result, artificial intelligence (AI) has become crucial to leverage the full potential of handheld ultrasound devices by automating image optimization and providing guidance on probe positioning. For instance, AI can play a pivotal role in automatically enhancing image quality and assisting users in probe placement. With AI integrated into handheld ultrasound devices, clinicians can simply position the scanner on a specific area of the abdomen, and the software autonomously identifies the organ and optimizes the image quality without requiring manual intervention.

Wearable ultrasound devices leverage advancements in miniaturization, wireless connectivity, and ergonomic design. These wearable ultrasound devices are compact and lightweight and can be comfortably worn on the body, enabling healthcare providers to conduct ultrasound examinations virtually anywhere, from point-of-care settings to remote locations and even during emergencies.

Insights from Portable Ultrasound Market Analysis

Recent insights from Meticulous Research® provide valuable perspectives on the future trajectory of the Portable Ultrasound Market. Projections suggest a potential worth of $3.8 billion by 2031, driven by a remarkable Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2024 to 2031. At the heart of this transformation is the growing preference for portable ultrasound devices by physicians coupled with the growing burden of chronic diseases. Additionally, the growing demand for point-of-care/near-patient/bedside testing and the need for portable ultrasound in emergency departments fuels the market growth.

There are a few players in the portable ultrasound market which currently dominate the market globally, including GE Healthcare Technologies Inc. (U.S.), Siemens Healthineers AG (Germany), Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd. (China), Koninklijke Philips N.V., (Netherlands), Samsung Medison Co. Ltd. (A subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.) (South Korea), and FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. (A subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation) (U.S.). However, at the regional level, the portable ultrasound market is fragmented and is driven by price-based competition. In essence, this comprehensive overview from Meticulous Research serves as a gateway into the portable ultrasound market.


The growing prevalence and awareness regarding women’s reproductive health conditions have propelled the demand for portable ultrasound. Furthermore, the trends of technological advancements such as AI and ML integration and the development of wearable ultrasound devices depict the continuous efforts by the players to upgrade and offer better products to improve the accuracy of diagnostic imaging. Additionally, the high burden of chronic diseases coupled with the growing demand for point-of-care testing is one of the major factors for the market’s growth.

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