Butterfly Network, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Collaborate to Advance Ultrasound Education

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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veterinary student demonstrates the handheld Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound unit
A first-year Purdue veterinary student demonstrates the handheld Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound unit for visitors at the College of Veterinary Medicine Open House held in April during Purdue’s Spring Fest weekend.

A new generation of ultrasound capability has arrived at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine to enhance the education of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing students. The college will begin integrating the use of Butterfly iQ+ Vet — the world’s only single probe, whole-body, multi-species imaging system — into the first year of the DVM program as well as the Veterinary Nursing (VN) program.

The smartphone-operated Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound system will be assigned to groups of four to six Purdue DVM or VN students for use in courses such as anatomy and physiology to foster their three-dimensional knowledge of anatomy. Students will perform ultrasound on phantom models and live animals in parallel with traditional dissection and palpation to confirm and reinforce their growing knowledge of organ structure and position in vivo. The Purdue Office of the Provost provided a grant to the college in support of the initiative.

Veterinary students are introduced to the Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound during a skills lab.
Veterinary students are introduced to the Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound during a skills lab.

By using the Butterfly ultrasound probe, students will be able to explore in a self-directed manner the anatomical relationships between organs and variations within and between species. Students also will be able to upload images to the Butterfly Cloud for interactive discussions with their classmates and the faculty members teaching the courses.

student using the ultrasound device paired with their smartphone
The Butterfly ultrasound probe can be plugged into a student’s smartphone or tablet, which will operate the unit and display the ultrasound images.

“Incorporating this technology early in the curriculum is especially significant because ultrasound is rapidly becoming an integral diagnostic tool for veterinary and human medicine, on par with the stethoscope,” said Susan Mendrysa, Ph.D., associate professor of basic medical sciences, who coordinated the proposal for the grant from the Provost’s Office. “Providing Purdue DVM and VN students with access to the Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound device from the beginning of their training will give them opportunities to hone their hand-eye coordination and gain experience in obtaining standardized ultrasound, thereby enhancing their preparation for the clinical portion of their education.”

The iQ+ Vet is the second-generation veterinary ultrasound device from Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY), a digital health company transforming care with handheld, whole-body, multi-species diagnostic imaging. The iQ+ Vet brings sharper imaging, a new procedural guidance tool, and hardware improvements that make the solution more powerful, versatile, and easy-to-use.

Veterinarians can request more information about Butterfly iQ+ Vet at: vet.butterflynetwork.com.

About Butterfly Network

Founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg in 2011 and listed on the NYSE through a merger with Longview Acquisition Corp (NYSE: BFLY), Butterfly Network is the creator of the world’s most advanced handheld, single-probe, whole-body veterinary ultrasound system, Butterfly iQ+ Vet. Butterfly’s mission is to enable universal access to superior medical imaging, and part of that mission is to enable the scanning of every animal at each veterinary visit. Through its proprietary Ultrasound-on-ChipTM technology, Butterfly is paving the way for earlier detection and remote management of health conditions around the world. The Butterfly iQ+ Vet can be purchased online by veterinary practitioners in approved countries at the store or by contacting sales.

About the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to advance global animal and human health and well-being through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Home to the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital and Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the college serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.

Faculty research both animal and human health, with an emphasis on animal welfare science and the human-animal bond; infectious diseases and immunology; cancer; neuroscience; and musculoskeletal biology and orthopedics. The college is also one of only a few nationally that educate all members of the veterinary team. Students may pursue the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, bachelor’s or associate degrees in Veterinary Nursing, post-graduate internships and residencies for specialty training, or graduate degrees in Basic Medical Sciences, Comparative Pathobiology, or Veterinary Clinical Sciences.


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