3D ultrasound could offer new way to check blood pressure

16th June 2011

The days of having your blood pressure checked with an uncomfortable armband may be numbered, after a new, more comfortable technique was discovered by scientists.

A new procedure, pioneered at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, involves using a 3D ultrasound, most commonly used on pregnant women, to discover blood pressure at points around the body.

It is thought that the technique may help to prevent more heart attacks and strokes, by giving a more accurate measure of blood pressure.

Dr Nathalie Binjnens said: "By performing a simple scan, the physician can detect vascular disease in an early stage and decide for a preventive treatment."

The development of the technique, which is currently being tested on volunteers, comes after years of searching for a non-invasive method to read blood pressure.

Blood pressure is considered to be a good indicator of health problems including heart problems. High blood pressure means that the heart is having to work harder to pump blood around the body.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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