This iPhone-based ultrasound machine can detect cancer
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A novel iPhone-based portable ultrasound machine called Butterfly IQ has been developed by Connecticut-based start-up Butterfly Network that can help detect cancer easily at home. The device which is a scanner of the size of an electric razor can display black-and-white imagery of the body when paired with an iPhone. By 2018, its software will let users automatically calculate how much blood a heart is pumping, or detect problems like aortic aneurysms.

Earlier this year, John Martin, a US-based vascular surgeon and chief medical officer at Butterfly Network, discovered a cancerous mass in his own throat while testing the device. Martin felt an uncomfortable feeling of thickness on his throat, thus he oozed out some gel and ran the probe along his neck. Black-and-gray images quickly appeared on his phone. He found a 3 cm mass that was diagnosed as squamous-cell cancer.

The Butterfly IQ uses "capacitive micro-machined ultrasound transducers", or CMUTs, tiny ultrasonic emitters layered on a semiconductor chip a little larger than a postage stamp. The company now plans to combine the instrument with artificial-intelligence software that could help a novice position the probe, collect the right images, and interpret them...

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