WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – October 02, 2018 - Butterfly raises $250 million for portable full-body ultrasound scanner

02-10-2018

(Worldkings.org) In the decades following the deployment of the first clinical ultrasound machine in 1956, high-frequency scanners have become a go-to tool in many clinicians’ diagnostic arsenals — at least in the developed world. Unfortunately, despite the proliferation of smaller, cheaper devices like GE’s Vscan, they remain prohibitively expensive. The going price for a single machine is between $9,000 and $20,000, with individual scans costing about $250.

 

 

That’s because traditional ultrasound machines rely on transducers containing quartz crystals and other specialized components to generate images. But Butterfly, a startup cofounded by 2015 National Medal of Technology and Innovation award recipient and Carnegie Mellon graduate Jonathan Rothberg, claims to have pioneered a technologically superior alternative. The company‘s eponymous $2,000 Butterfly iQ shrinks ultrasound tech down to a peripheral the size of an electric razor.

 

 

Butterfly today announced that it has raised $250 million in a Series D funding round led by Fidelity, with participation from Fosun Pharma, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jamie Dinan, along with other returning and existing investors.

According to venturebeat

 

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