Introducing the Butterfly iQ: Future of Point-of-Care Ultrasound
On 25 October 2019, Professor Alistair Royse, Acting Director of the University of Melbourne – Department of Surgery and Ultrasound Education Group welcomed The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minster of Planning and Housing Victoria to demonstrate the Butterfly iQ ultrasound. The Hon. Richard Wynne has shown his commitment to health and the future by personally donating a Butterfly iQ ultrasound machine to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr Royse took some time on Friday to demonstrate this new technology.
The Butterfly iQ is a portable battery-powered ultrasound machine which is about the size of an electric shaver. It can be plugged into a handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet, and the scanned image will appear on the screen.
Due to its price (Approximately AUD$3000) and its portability this product will make ultrasound technology accessible to more hospitals, GP’s and point of care professionals. The invention of this device potentially means that stethoscopes will be obsolete in the future and will allow healthcare workers to provide rapid test results and diagnosis’ in a timely manner.
"This is dramatically going to change the way medical practise is done, I genuinely think this the opportunity to throw away your stethoscope," said Professor Royse, when he was interviewed by the ABC.