by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | October 07, 2020
Butterfly Network has released a new version of its Android and iOS-compatible whole-body handheld ultrasound system, Butterfly iQ+.
iQ+ provides faster imaging, enhanced needle placement guidance capabilities, greater durability and longer battery life, while retaining the $1,999 (plus membership) price tag of previous versions.
"Two years ago, Butterfly introduced the world's first handheld, single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system. Since then, the device has been used by tens of thousands of medical professionals across the globe with significant clinical, economic and societal impact," said Laurent Faracci, Butterfly Network's CEO, in a statement. "We have collaborated with the Butterfly community of users to define our innovation path. The first result in that journey is the new Butterfly iQ+, a big step forward for point-of-care ultrasound, with our most advanced chip ever and a number of amazing innovations and improvements that our talented team and partners developed."
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Butterfly aims to democratize healthcare by making medical imaging accessible to everyone around the world. From underserved communities in the U.S. to remote areas around the globe. "These new capabilities bring us one step closer to realizing the full potential of bedside point-of-care ultrasound as the stethoscope of the future — a true window into the body," said Dr. John Martin, Butterfly Network's chief medical officer.
With patented on-chip digital micro-beamforming enabling 15% faster frame rates and 60% faster pulse repetition frequency, healthcare providers can see image details in the heart, lungs and bladder with optimized clarity. Needle Viz technology available on Butterfly iQ+ can provide healthcare professionals with an enhanced ability to see a needle, improving confidence for central line placements, regional nerve blocks and other guided procedures. Butterfly iQ+ extends battery life by 20% and scanning time by 100% while also withstanding wear and tear with enhanced durability.