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Handheld POC Ultrasound System Powered By Semiconductor Technology for Automated Image Acquisition

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 09 Jan 2024
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Image: Butterfly iQ3 will feature a brand-new ergonomic design to be revealed soon (Photo courtesy of Butterfly Network)
Image: Butterfly iQ3 will feature a brand-new ergonomic design to be revealed soon (Photo courtesy of Butterfly Network)

A next-generation handheld point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system offers unparalleled image quality and new digital imaging modes, powered by advanced semiconductor technology for easier, automated image acquisition.

The Butterfly iQ3 POCUS system from Butterfly Network (Burlington, MA, USA) is the third iteration of the world’s first semiconductor-based single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system. In 2018, Butterfly created the world's first handheld single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology, Butterfly iQ. The company went on to launch its second generation Butterfly iQ+ in 2020, and the third generation iQ3 in 2024 – each with increased processing power and performance enhancements. Butterfly iQ3 features a brand-new ergonomic design and will deliver double the data processing speed for optimized image resolution, sensitivity and penetration, as well as faster 3D capabilities to power novel, automated image capture modes: iQ Slice and iQ Fan.

With its proprietary Ultrasound-on-Chip technology, intelligent software, and educational offerings, Butterfly is paving the way to mass adoption of ultrasound for earlier detection and remote management of health conditions around the world. Butterfly devices are commercially available to trained healthcare practitioners in areas including, but not limited to, parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. The Butterfly iQ3 POCUS system has received US FDA clearance, with more details about its advanced imaging capabilities to be released soon.

“Butterfly iQ3 is the turning point for digital ultrasound. Butterfly started a revolution in ultrasound when we commercialized the world’s first fully digital handheld ultrasound in 2018, and subsequently, iQ+ in 2020,” said Joseph DeVivo, Butterfly Network’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. “Over 145,000 customers have since realized the value of our chip-based ultrasound. With iQ3, the revolution takes full charge. Physicians across disciplines now rank our overall image quality at least equal to traditional piezoelectric-based handhelds, and our new digital capabilities are designed to make ultrasound more accessible and approachable than ever before.”

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