Clinical, Safety and Engineering Perspectives on Wearable Ultrasound Technology: A Review

Pengfei Song, Michael Andre, Parag Chitnis, Sheng Xu, Theodore Croy, Keith Wear, Siddhartha Sikdar

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Wearable ultrasound has the potential to become a disruptive technology enabling new applications not only in traditional clinical settings, but also in settings where ultrasound is not currently used. Understanding the basic engineering principles and limitations of wearable ultrasound is critical for clinicians, scientists, and engineers to advance potential applications and translate the technology from bench to bedside. Wearable ultrasound devices, especially monitoring devices, have the potential to apply acoustic energy to the body for far longer durations than conventional diagnostic ultrasound systems. Thus, bioeffects associated with prolonged acoustic exposure as well as skin health need to be carefully considered for wearable ultrasound devices. This paper reviews emerging clinical applications, safety considerations, and future engineering and clinical research directions for wearable ultrasound technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Acoustics
  • Biomedical monitoring
  • Blood flow
  • Imaging
  • Monitoring
  • Muscles
  • Quantitative Biomarkers
  • Ultrasonic Imaging
  • Ultrasonic Transducers
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Wearable Health Monitoring
  • Wearable Sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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