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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Entrepreneur Develops DIY Medical Imaging

Entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg has raised $100 million to create a medical imaging device the size of an iPhone that can portray a moving 3-D image of what’s inside a person, according to MIT Technology Review. (


The technology, which relies on a new kind of ultrasound chip, could eventually lead to new ways to destroy cancer cells with heat or deliver information to brain cells. The imaging system is being developed by Butterfly Network, but Mr. Rothberg won’t allude to how the device will work or what it will look like. Details will come out in the next 18 months when he is ready to sell it, he said.


Concept drawing filed with the patent office. MIT Technology Review;


Mr. Rothberg also told MIT Technology Review that the device will cost “a few hundred dollars, connect to a phone, and be able to do things like diagnose breast cancer or visualize a fetus.” The device will be a “compact, versatile new ultrasound scanners that can create 3-D images in real time,” according to Butterfly’s patent applications.

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