CES 2019: Take your own ultrasound with Butterfly iQ’s handheld scanner
Hey Bridget Carey here at CES 2019.
As someone who is pregnant, I've had a little bit experience with ultra sounds, but here is a device, a whole different type of ultra sound technology.
This is the modified IQ.
The first to hand out the whole body of a sound system.
It's very small and connects to an iPhone or tablet.
Normally auto some systems are attached to big machines that cost 10s of thousands of dollars.
All they need special attachment to scan different parts of the body with different intensities.
But the company here invented new technology that could do the same thing without any extra attachments or accessories.
One scanner can do any part of the body and you can see it in real time through the app at a fraction of the cost.
That makes it easier to get this imaging tech in more places that may not have access to big machine.
The device has been cleared by the FDA for use by medical professionals but what if you could use it at home.
Butterfly is testing software that lets you call up a doctor and get live guidance as you scan your own body Recording and capturing footage or let's say the device is being used with someone who is not trained to read ultrasounds.
Even if you don't know what you're doing or how to capture an image, AI software could tell you when you scanned it correctly.
And then send that file to a professional that can read it and get back to you.
Not everyone lives close to a hospital.
What if you have a complicated and you just scan your belly at home.
Live chatting with your doctor instead of having to travel far for regular check ups.
It's so portable it can also save lives in rural areas where folks cannot get to a specialist easily.
The Butterfly IQ is about $2,000 and it just started shipping out in October.
This could be a game changer in health care.
At CES 2019, I'm Bridgett Kelly.