Stethoscope of the future funding successful

Issued: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:55:00 BST

School of Life Sciences students and staff will have access to a state of the art pocket-sized ultrasound machine thanks to Dr Ourania Varsou's successful SparkFunder campaign.

The £3,600 target was reached with days to spare and will now be invested in what has been described as the 'stethoscope of the future'.

Boasting in-built training and image processing software, this portable machine has the capability to produce images that are 2D, 3D, 4D (moving 3D images) and Doppler (visualisation of blood flow), promoting research in life sciences and clinical medicine. 

Having access to such cutting-edge equipment will help University of Glasgow academy staff to continue making scientific and medical advancements that help our global community.

Students will gain a hands-on experience of the machine and practice their scanning skills on our bespoke training phantoms, developing an even better understanding of anatomy, physiology, and disease.

This incredible technology will bring a new dimension to the learning and teaching experience of our students and staff across the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Head of Anatomy Professor Fabio Quondamatteo said: "Every academic year we teach Anatomy to over 1000 students largely by means of cadaveric anatomy and thanks to our generous community that supports this with numerous donations.

"Developing this ultrasound-based teaching will be an important asset and a precious complement to our current teaching resources and will enhance considerably the educational experience of our students."