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In African Villages, These Phones Become ­ltrasound Scanners


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Dr. William Cherniak with a patient and other health workers.

Doctors are using a new ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.

Credit: Esther Ruth Mbabazi

Doctors are using a new hand-held ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.

The battery-powered Butterfly iQ scanner is designed to upload medical imaging scans to facilitate diagnosis in far-flung rural communities, and help personnel treat pneumonia and other afflictions for populations that otherwise would lack access to medical diagnosis and treatment.

The scanner uses microchips rather than piezoelectric crystals for durability.

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

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