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October 5, 2021

Guilford’s Butterfly Network debuts upgraded vet ultrasound device

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED A new device from Guilford-based Butterfly Network, the iQ+ Vet Ultrasound, can help vets diagnose pet ailments.

Patients who bark, meow and neigh are set to benefit from a new device from Guilford-based Butterfly Network, the iQ+ Vet Ultrasound.

The company’s latest device is designed for veterinarians and comes with presets to aid in procedures involving the bladder, musculoskeletal, small organ and vascular systems of small animals, as well as horses.

Butterfly CEO Todd Fruchterman said, “Veterinarians provide incredible care and face the unique challenge of serving patients that cannot speak… We’re creating a new shift in care centered around acquiring crucial information from inside the body that our system allows to be utilized in real-time.”

The  iQ+ Vet Ultrasound, the second generation of the device, features sharper imaging, a new procedural guidance tool and hardware upgrades. Improvements include color-doppler sensitivity, increased max depth, a 15% smaller probe face and an up to 20% increase in battery life.

As part of the rollout of the new device, Butterfly also announced a collaboration with Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, a vet-practice management company which will use the iQ+ Vet at its affiliated clinics. 

CEO Dan Espinal said, “Rarebreed is excited to partner with Butterfly to make ultrasound accessible to more patients.” Backed by private equity funding, Rarebreed employed 800 people across 33 clinics in the Northeast as of this May, according to a news release.

Known for its portable, pocket-sized ultrasound devices, Butterfly Network merged with hedge fund-backed Longview Acquisition Corp. and went public earlier this year in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. 

The company plans to move its headquarters to Boston in the first quarter of next year but said it would keep its Guilford offices open.

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