A regular ultrasound machine costs over $100,000 but a new ultrasound on a chip device attached to smartphone will be $2000 in 2018. It will be portable and will eventually make ultrasound as common as blood pressure cuffs in hospitals, clinics and doctors offices and with first responders and field medics.
Butterfly iQ is FDA 510(k) cleared for diagnostic imaging across 13 clinical applications which span the whole body:
Butterfly iQ can be purchased by any licensed healthcare practitioner or facility in the United States permitted to perform diagnostic ultrasound in their state of practice. Butterfly iQ is a prescription device and is not yet available for use by consumers.
Butterfly iQ will begin shipping to customers in early 2018.
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The Butterfly Network ultrasound chip is based on the software that combines thousands of telescopes to generate better astronomy images.
Arrays of capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducers (CMUT) were printed onto a semiconductor chip.
Stanford professor Pierre Khuri-Yakub, who made the first CMUT back in 1994 helped with the chip.
There are amplifiers and signal processors on the chip.
Deep learning software combines the signals and helps interpret the images.