The gadget (Butterfly iQ for iPhone) allowed the doctor to identify his own tumour
Butterfly Network has received FDA 510(k) clearance in October for an ultrasound-on-a-chip based imaging system, the Butterfly iQ for iPhone, according to a news release. The device is designed to make ultrasound more portable and more widely accessible around the world. It enables a single scan of the entire body to be carried out for a relatively low cost — under $2,000. The device is designed for three different settings: the emergency room, the intensive care unit, and medical education. It’s not intended to replicate the quality of a larger imaging device but it’s designed with portability as a priority.
Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, founder, and chairman of Butterfly Network predicted the device’s impact would be not unlike the milestone development of camera phones. The company plans to combine the device with artificial-intelligence software with an eye to helping new doctors properly position the probe, collect the right images, and interpret them, according to MIT Technology Review. By next year, its software could allow users to automatically calculate how much blood a heart is pumping, or detect aortic aneurysms and other cardiac events.
Despite not being an oncologist, Dr. John Martin found a mass on his neck and by using Butterfly iQ he was able to diagnose his own tumour.
The tiny ultrasound device on his smartphone allowed him to start receiving cancer treatment earlier this year. In a YouTube video, John opens up about his shock diagnosis.
He says: “Rather personal story, but the butterfly ultrasound device that we use today, I diagnosed my own tumour with it.”I felt something funny on my neck, connected the probe to my phone, did an ultrasound, and there it was – my tumour. “Once I made the diagnosis and I saw the mass, I didn’t know it was cancer yet, I had to wait for a biopsy.”
n the video, John discusses the importance of time, saying the sooner a diagnosis is made, the quicker treatment can begin. The Butterfly iQ is designed to replace bigger and pricier machines. When John felt some discomfort in his neck, he was able to use the pocket-sized device to easily scan it. The resulting image was then fed from the scanner straight through to his iPhone, delivering the devastating news in a clear way. But John said the benefit of the device is that it allows medics to ‘conquer time’ and hasten the time to diagnosis, treatment and getting better.
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