Personal Ultrasound

Saw this on Twitter yesterday:

Butterlfy iQ – Personal Ultrasound

This is a compact ultrasound device that connects to a phone (or a tablet, I’m assuming) to provide a portable point-of-care ultrasound solution. The probe (there’s only one option, and it covers most POCUS bases) uses advanced technology to get the size down and enough battery life for a full shift. The software looks amazing—making full use of a touch screen to make depth and gain adjustments intutive. It also includes a secure cloud solution to store files and to send imaging as secure, HIPAA-compliant messages. All for under $2,000—which for ultrasound devices, is a great price.


POCUS evangelists have been preaching that the stethoscope is doomed and pocket ultrasound will replace it. This device really shows that potential. Still priced out of reach of paramedics, but definitely moving our way fast. Give it another ten years, and  chances are pretty good that ultrasound will be as much an EMS standard of care as waveform capnography and 12-lead ECGs, while your cutting edge paramedics (the ones carrying the electronic/Bluetooth Littmans now) well have one of these in their pockets. Or bat belt.

2 thoughts on “Personal Ultrasound

  1. This ought to be an agency-level purchase, could very easily link to truck-issued smartphones and would really, really aid in diagnosis, placement, etc. Imagine being able to show exactly why a patient needed a trauma-center trip to the MD- and the insurer.

    • I tend to agree, especially since the ~$1,000 price point would make it very feasible for services to put on units. I think the monitor of the future will probably include ultrasound with more probe options and quality. Look at the Tempus ALS for instance. I can see a pocket ultrasound supplementing the monitor one.

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