Doctor Discovers His Own Cancer Using His iPhone

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Independant / Butterfly Network

A doctor diagnosed himself with stage four cancer using only his iPhone.

Last summer, vascular surgeon Dr. John Martin felt irritation in his throat and decided to investigate the root of his discomfort. He used the Butterfly iQ - a pocket-sized ultrasound device - created by the Butterfly Network, where he is the the chief medical officer.

After the revelation of a tumor, Dr. Martin consulted with a fellow specialist to confirm his cancer results, Daily Mail reports.

"I walked across to a technician, and we looked at each other, and I flew home the next morning," he said.

While anxious over his diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma - a type of skin cancer - Dr. Martin said he was thankful for his company's portable ultrasound device.

"There's a million things that go through your mind," Dr. Martin said. "But one unexpected thought he had when he realized he had cancer was, I'm glad I've got this picture."

While the Butterfly Network said the device can only be purchased by a licensed medical profession, the vascular surgeon said the rapid speed of the machine can help expedite a quicker diagnosis.

"The sooner diagnoses could be made in other cancer patients, the sooner treatment could start," he said. “The secret behind our device, is that we’re conquering time. We’ve not invented an ultrasound machine, we’ve invented a time machine."

Butterfly Network founder Jonathan Rothberg agreed with Dr. Martin, adding the it could have taken up to two months to get other imaging results back.

"Those [saved] two months hopefully will make all of us a lot happier," Rothberg said.

The device is also significantly inexpensive compared to the average ultrasound systems, making it more appealing to hospitals.

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