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Surgeon Uses Smartphone to Detect Cancer in his Body

Surgeon Uses Smartphone to Detect Cancer in his Body

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 - 06:00
A patient receives chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. (Reuters)

An American doctor used an ultrasound device connected to his smartphone to detect cancerous cells in his body.

According to CNET, US vascular surgeon John Martin found cancerous cells in his own neck while testing a portable ultrasound device called Butterfly iQ.

The Butterfly iQ connects to your iPhone and looks a bit like an electric razor. Then, the device should be placed it on the area of the body you wish to examine and a black-and-white ultrasound image will appear on your phone.

The Butterfly iQ's portability means it could be used in ambulances or at home.

The device's creator, Butterfly Network, hopes it can incorporate artificial intelligence into the software so that even a novice will be able to use it.

According to MIT Technology Review, Martin has undergone surgery and radiation treatment since diagnosing his cancer.

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