The waves of technology are now coming nearer and nearer to us as per the arrival of Butterfly IQ, a machine for ultrasound diagnostics viewed through our smartphones.
“If you have a window into the body where anyone can afford it, everyone can use it, and everyone can interpret it, it becomes a heck of a lot more than an ultrasound device,” said John Martin, a surgeon who discovered his cancer through the machine.
When he first had a hand on the device, he tested his throat where he had been “feeling some kind discomfort.”
He connected the Butterfly IQ on his iPhone and saw the results immediately – a dark mass of about three centimeters. He went on to seek treatment through surgery and radiation.
The company which produces the device, Butterfly Network, was founded in 2011 and raised about $100 million (P5.12 billion) for the Butterfly IQ.
The conventional ultrasounds, which use vibrating crystals, are replaced with 9,000 tiny drums on a semiconductor chip no bigger than a post stamp to conduct the test.
Moreover, the device itself resembles the size of an average electric razor.
Butterfly Network seeks to make the scanning more reachable by including them in ambulances and in remote regions where access to quality healthcare is unobtainable.
The Butterfly IQ is priced at $1,999 or about P103,000.
See the video demonstration here:
Story first appeared on Inquirer.net.