Bioadhesive ultrasound for long-term continuous imaging of diverse organs

Science. 2022 Jul 29;377(6605):517-523. doi: 10.1126/science.abo2542. Epub 2022 Jul 28.


Continuous imaging of internal organs over days could provide crucial information about health and diseases and enable insights into developmental biology. We report a bioadhesive ultrasound (BAUS) device that consists of a thin and rigid ultrasound probe robustly adhered to the skin via a couplant made of a soft, tough, antidehydrating, and bioadhesive hydrogel-elastomer hybrid. The BAUS device provides 48 hours of continuous imaging of diverse internal organs, including blood vessels, muscle, heart, gastrointestinal tract, diaphragm, and lung. The BAUS device could enable diagnostic and monitoring tools for various diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Adhesives*
  • Elastomers
  • Humans
  • Hydrogels
  • Monitoring, Physiologic* / methods
  • Transdermal Patch*
  • Ultrasonography* / methods
  • Wearable Electronic Devices*


  • Adhesives
  • Elastomers
  • Hydrogels