Together, Zonoobi and radiologists Jaremko and Dr. Jeevesh Kapur began working on software to augment current ultrasound technology. The first product was built around hip dysplasia — a hip joint abnormality that causes osteoarthritis if it isn’t caught early.
Medo’s technology transforms a series of scans taken from different angles into a 3-D model of a baby’s hip. Using machine learning algorithms, the 3-D model is then compared against a database of millions of other scans to produce a recommended diagnosis in real-time. The software is device agnostic and was developed as a web application to ensure accessibility — all you need is an ultrasound tool and an Internet connection.
In addition to being an area of interest for Dr. Jaremko, hip dysplasia was chosen because the condition can be diagnosed with a single imaging modality (there is no need for a secondary scan from a CT or MRI machine).
But Medo envisions ultrasound becoming a primary diagnostic tool for multiple health conditions — primarily because it is safe (there is no radiation involved), cost-effective and portable.
In countries like Canada, Medo’s software would help streamline the diagnostic process and reduce ever-increasing wait timesby allowing primary care physicians to diagnose or order follow-up tests with more certainty.
“It’s giving a tool to clinicians that they’ve never had before,” says Zonoobi. “Until now, your family doctor has been relying on what you say, some physical tests, and a simple stethoscope, when making a diagnosis.”