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.