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Butterfly Network gets grant for guiding operators to capture ultrasound images with handheld device

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Butterfly Network, Doppler ultrasound imaging was a key innovation area identified from patents. Butterfly Network‘s grant share as of February 2024 was 59%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Guiding operators to capture ultrasound images with handheld device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Butterfly Network Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11928859B2) discloses an innovative ultrasound system that integrates a handheld computing device with an ultrasound device to enhance medical imaging processes. The system is designed to streamline the imaging process by obtaining electronic medical records of a subject, identifying target anatomical views for ultrasound imaging, and providing both coarse and fine instructions for capturing ultrasound data. The handheld computing device displays graphical and textual instructions on its screen, guiding operators on where to place and how to manipulate the ultrasound device to capture the desired images accurately.

Moreover, the system incorporates advanced features such as inputting ultrasound data into a neural network for diagnosis, accessing electronic medical records remotely, and providing instructions for specific medical conditions like congestive heart failure. It also includes functionalities like determining proper positioning of the ultrasound device, calculating results such as ejection fraction and ventricle diameter, and displaying abnormalities in the results. Additionally, the system utilizes augmented reality interfaces for providing fine instructions, prompting operators to input relevant medical information, and ensuring proper application of gel on the ultrasound device. Overall, this patent showcases a comprehensive ultrasound system that leverages technology to improve the efficiency and accuracy of medical imaging procedures, ultimately benefiting healthcare providers and patients alike.

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