Developing accessible and life-saving ultrasound imaging

using the latest advances in microchip technology and deep learning.

Problem

The past few decades have seen amazing advances in the capabilities of medical diagnostic technologies. We can now detect diseases faster, earlier, and cheaper than ever before, and with far greater confidence.

But here at Microsonix we asked ourselves – what use is this great technology if it can’t reach the parts of the world that could benefit from it the most?

A two week delay in a pregnancy screening in the developed world is unfortunate. But fly just 8 hours away and there are people who will never even have the chance to be screened due to lack of resources.

We hope to change that.

Solution

The heart of our solution is a novel handheld ultrasound scanner which we aim to provide for under US$1,000. Our patent-pending microchip sensor is capable of reconstructing ultrasound images from sparse, compressed data. This unique approach allows for massive space, power, and cost reductions by integrating everything required to do ultrasound beam forming and image reconstruction into a single chip the size of a postage stamp. In the resource poor regions of the world, our low cost, low power, solid state system will change the face of medical care.
Our Automated Virtual Assistant is an AI co-processor which performs feature extraction and object identification on the scanner itself. It doesn’t replace the skill or experience of a doctor, but it can hold the hand of a less experienced remote care worker when it comes to automatically calculating the due date from the size of the fetus, or measuring the flow through a heart valve. AVA will also show its user how to obtain the best images possible with simple on-screen guidance to help move or tilt the scanner.
Alongside our ground-breaking scanner and on-system AI, we are designing a user-friendly distributed PACS system for secure patient record storage so that critical images are always available when needed. Not only will our software manage image storage and retrieval, it will also allow doctors to collaborate and seek second opinions either in real-time or off-line, depending on local telecoms infrastructure.
We have a vision of a world where the medical advances of the developed world are made available at prices affordable to the developing world. Not hand-me-downs, but a re-thinking of the business models and services needed to make the world a healthier place. Changes that are small and incremental to us can be truly revolutionary when placed in the scenario of a deprived remote clinic. We are a company that believes in maximising the health impact out of our technology, not just in seeking the biggest profits. Come join us!

Use Cases

Maternal Imaging

There are parts of the world where pregnancy is still a leading cause of death for women. Our SonoPen allows for the monitoring of normal and high risk pregnancies in areas where a standard scanner is worth more than the clinic itself.

 

Emergency Triage

Ultrasound is now established in the emergency rooms of all developed nations for rapidly detecting internal bleeding or organ failure, taking the place of risky and expensive exploratory surgery. Why should the developing world continue to bear these higher costs because of the lack of a simple screening tool?

The ability to triage victims in the field during natural disasters or warfare will also change the outcome of many conditions that are currently undetectable.

 

Cancer Diagnostics

Ultrasound is used in the early detection of breast, eye, prostate, pancreatic, kidney, ovarian, and testicular cancers, as well as monitoring responses to treatment. While not as sophisticated as an MRI machine or a CT scanner, our simple low-cost device can mean the difference between life and death for many who would otherwise go undiagnosed.

 

Team

Graham Peyton

Graham Peyton

Founder - Product Achitect - Lead Engineer

Graham has degrees in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and computational neuroscience. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Imperial College London, where he is the recipient of the prestigious President’s PhD Scholarship. Graham founded Microsonix in 2016 while completing his PhD in the development of highly miniaturised, low-cost ultrasound imaging devices. He therefore has in-depth experience in all areas of the SonoPen project, including analogue/digital integrated circuit design, and electronics and portable ultrasound imaging.

Hamid Soleimani

Hamid Soleimani

Co-Founder - Digital/AI Lead

Hamid has degrees in electrical and electronic engineering and was awarded the Hans Rausing Scholarship to pursue his PhD at Imperial College. Hamid has extensive experience with designing digital imaging systems and machine learning hardware accelerators utilising FPGAs and/or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). He has co-/authored several peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in biomedical related topics.

Dr. Robert M. Learney

Dr. Robert M. Learney

Co-Founder - Clinical Lead

Robert is a qualified medical doctor and completed his MSc and PhD in bioengineering at Imperial College. He was the winner of the James Dyson Fellowship 2012 for his proposal to develop a new way to support organs en route to transplant. He has 12 years of experience of clinical medicine in various locum positions. He is also a co-director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering (IC3RE), which he co-founded to explore the emerging phenomenon of blockchain technology.

Stephen Garside

Stephen Garside

Execuitive Chairman

Stephen is a veteran software developer and designer who proved himself leading product management, marketing and engineering teams in great companies such as ICL, Compaq, Symantec, DEC and Citrix Systems. Based in Switzerland, he serves on a number of boards and is in demand as a mentor to start-up technology companies..

Dr. Wen Wu

Dr. Wen Wu

Power & Wireless Lead

Wen is an Electronic Engineer and completed his MSc and PhD in Chinese Academy of Science and Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London, respectively. At Imperial, he was awarded the departmental bursary and full Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship. Now He has more than 9 years experience of analog circuit and mixed-signal design, especially in Power Management area, readout circuits for various biochemical sensors and low-power wireless chip applications. He has published a UK patent and several academic papers. Currently he is working for the Apple on its cutting-edge power management system.

Prof. Huafeng Liu

MEMS Lead

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Dr. Hao Jiang

Analogue/digital Engineer

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