In the last few years, the ultrasound industry has seen a rapid progression of innovation from the development of smaller, more portable touch screen units to smart phone technology. Paving the way was Mobisant’s MobiUS. The more recent arrivals include, the Phillips Lumify, Clarius, Butterfly IQ, BiiM, and Sonon HEALCERION. This month, we discuss the Butterfly Network’s Butterfly IQ. The Butterfly IQ is an Apple IOS-based ultrasound unit with Cloud and AI capabilities which recently debuted at ACEP 2017 creating a new hype coined the “Butterfly Effect.”
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A product of an ACEP ultrasound section grant, the new ACEP Point-of-Care OB ultrasound book is bursting with crucial information that will be a huge aid to any bedside provider. This book bypasses the traditional method of book publishing by being available exclusively in iBook format. Besides the rapid dissemination and the price tag of $0, another asset of the book is its abundant multimedia. The authors report that their book contains 967 illustrations and 10 hrs of mini-lectures, which function to help augment the stellar literature review and instructional content already present. This iBook is available on Apple devices, is free to download, and will make an excellent addition to the bedside sonographer’s armamentarium.
Ultrasound G.E.L. (Gathering Evidence from the Literature) is a new medical podcast featuring reviews of recent studies in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Especially as more and more indications for ultrasound are discovered, it is important to keep abreast of the available literature so we can use ultrasound safely and appropriately to help our patients. The goal of the podcast is to disseminate an evidence basis for POCUS. The podcast reviews a single article every two weeks and attempts to briefly summarize the study and provide take-home points that you can bring to the bedside. The podcast is available on iTunes, and summary notes and infographics can be found on the website: www.ultrasoundgel.org. While there are many high quality ultrasound podcasts out there, most require your attention to images and videos. Here is one that you can (safely) listen to on the way to work.