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Butterfly Network unveils Handheld ultra-scan machine

Pocket-size ultrasound machine changes game for telemedicine at CES 2019

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Butterfly Network demonstrates its handheld personal ultrasound system, with a doctor tapped in on video chat seeing the imaging in real-time.

No need to leave your living room. Using the Butterfly iQ handheld ultrasound wand and an iPhone, you could scan your own heart.

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According to a reporter, "It's not a theory — it's possible right now." "At CES 2019 I saw this technology in action for myself, watching someone scan their own heart and talk with their doctor."

The technology is Created by Butterfly Network.

The Butterfly iQ is a new type of FDA-cleared ultrasound technology that makes medical imaging more accessible than ever before, at just a fraction of the cost of traditional, bulky machines.

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To some consumers, it is not about the CES show, rather the technology has become a source of hope to many seeking for personal scan especially the pregnant women who could take advantage of the technology to make a private scan to see the baby in their womb without having to see the doctor.

Well, not quite. That FDA clearance is for medical-professional use only right now but possible extension of license for private users could be possible later.

However, the Butterfly team is beta testing software to take tele-medicine to the next logical step for real-time analysis from anywhere without your doctor.

And if someone isn't trained in how to do a proper ultrasound, Butterfly also demonstrated AI-infused software that can help guide someone to capture the image correctly, so the file could be sent to an expert to analyze. That software is also still in testing.

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Butterfly iQ is an entire ultrasound machine that fits in your pocket and attaches to an iPhone or iPad.

So if a future mama has a hard time getting to a doctor for their ultrasound checkup, or someone lives too far away for regular visits, this system can provide the solution.

The usual ultrasound machine is not something that fits in a pocket. It's a wand attached to large machines that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Often they'll need special attachments to scan different parts of the body with different densities.

Butterfly iQ costs $2,000 and the technology inside is different from other machines. It doesn't need any extra attachments or accessories to scan any part of the body. Just slap on some of that typical ultrasound gel on top of the scanner and you're good to go.

Butterfly Network is testing AI software that can guide an untrained person to take a proper ultrasound, so the file can be sent to a professional for analysis.

 

The FDA clearance covers a wide-range of uses, including prenatal ultrasound scans. And the iQ is out in the world now, shipping since October.

In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see how this can help make imaging technology more universally accessible and affordable, making a personal ultrasound reading as common as a home glucose meter or blood pressure cuff.

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Originally posted 2019-01-11 08:12:03.

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