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<< ....most non-cardiologists simply aren't that good at using them (stethoscopes) anyway. >>

Well, most cardiologists are that good at using them either! ;-)

All joking aside, stethoscopes yield very little information even in the best of hands....err...ears. When you hear an abnormality with a stethoscope, what do you order? And echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound).

<< ... (you) need ultrasound gel to use the Butterly. >>

Not really. A few drops of water on the skin work just as well. That's a trick taught me by one of our locals radiologists. But I'm guessing you knew that, right? You're moniker is IRdoc. I assume you're an Interventional Radiologist.

<< I don't know how many people are going to be willing to pay a monthly fee.... >>

As of now, the required app to use the Butterly is free; the fee allows you to use their cloud-based storage. At any rate, it's a nominal fee.

<< Are people going to save images.... >>

We save our images, but no one has ever looked at them in retrospect. For now, it's a formality.

<< Most people never learned how to use them (ultrasounds). >>

I honestly believe using an ultrasound will become part of all medical training. It is already widely taught in many (most?) residency programs.

<< Alan, how are you doing your procedures? Do you use real time ultrasound guidance? Do you have a stand for the display device? >>

I use the Butterfly for virtually all of my real-time procedures (nerve blocks: central line and arterial line placement; difficult peripheral IV starts; volume status). I just lay my cell phone on the bed/patient nest to the procedure site.

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