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Ultrasound Machines that Connect to Smartphones are Helping Doctors Safely Scan Coronavirus Patients

When Butterfly Network first began rolling out its handheld ultrasound scanners in 2018, much of the focus was on providing tools to parts of Africa and Latin America, where access to large and more traditional ultrasound machines was far more restricted. "I don't need to transport that patient to another area of the hospital for additional imaging and exposure to additional staff and potentially patients along the way," said Mike Stone, a Portland-based emergency physician and Butterfly Network's director of education. He said that the fact of just using a handheld device that plugs into a phone is very helpful!

Photo Credit: Clarissa Watson

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