Pocket-Sized Ultrasounds

A $2,000 handheld ultrasound device is useful for doctors anywhere. But in poor countries where CT and MRI scanners are scarce, emergency medicine specialist William A. Cherniak has big plans for the Butterfly iQ.

The electric shaver-sized device is used mainly to check for pneumonia, but other uses are revealing themselves as medical charities deploy the devices in low-income countries, including Uganda.

“Two-thirds of the world’s population gets no imaging at all,” says Jonathan Rothberg, founder of the device manufacturer, Butterfly Network. “When you put something on a chip, the price goes down and you democratize it.”

The New York Times

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