I never thought I would be using the iQ on my dad first.

The back story

Yeah.  So, I’m a Board Certified Internist.  I trained in the Yale System at Greenwich Hospital.  I’m a Hospitalist at, in the Yale System at Greenwich Hospital.  I’m also a Primary Care Doctor.  I do telemedicine for weight loss and primary care and I’m opening a primary care practice.  So, I’ve always been very interested and I talked to you about how I’ve been interested in ultrasound as a tool for prevention.  And I never thought I’d be using in on my own dad, but the minute I got it, here we are.  Using it on my own dad.  

Yeah, so I was looking at the Lumify and the GE VQ Scan, but the problem is those, although the Lumify was somewhat convenient, you still needed three probes.  And so, it was not versatile and it was expensive.  So, when I learned about the Butterfly about two years ago, a year and a half ago, I immediately went on the list, the price points amazing and the fact that you need one probe for all various uses.  I mean whether I’m looking at a carotid or I’m doing an echo, I can use one probe and just switch between the modes.  That was like the key selling point for me.  And the price point was the icing on the cake.  I was going to get the Lumify and I was telling you, don’t make me get the Lumify.  And you’re like, no wait, wait.  It’s coming out.  It’s coming out.  And I’m glad I waited.  It’s just, the cost and the ease of use, there’s no excuses not to have one really, for any medical student, doctor.  And so there’s no excuse for me.

How did this make you feel?

Yeah, so right now I use it in the hospital.  If somebody comes in with chest pain or shortness of breath, I can quickly look at their heart until we get a formal echo.  I can quickly look at their lungs until we get a chest X-ray.  With my patients in my primary care setting, I’m using it mainly for screening.  Like carotid intermedial thickness, which is how we can kind of predict atherosclerotic disease and abdominal aorta screening, carotid stenosis screening.  So, really I hope to use it in a preventative sense.  And then obviously, if somebody comes in with it, you know, chest pain or shortness of breath, being able to look at their lungs and heart is, why do I need the stethoscope if I can actually look at it just as easy as, just as quickly.  So, I hope to become more and more comfortable with it and use it more in the primary care setting.

I mean I was, my dad is so stoic.  He comes in and he’s like, yeah I’m a little short of breath, but I feel OK now.  And so, I wasn’t really worried.  I was just going to send him back to his doctor and let him get a stress test, kind of in a week, or two weeks.  I wasn’t too worried.  But then when my mom said no, when he was coming off that airplane, on that ramp, he could not move and she looked scared.  And so, when she looked scared, immediately I realized by dad is just being stoic and he’s trying to explain it away.  And so, it was my daughter’s birthday.  Everybody’s there.  We’re celebrating.  I didn’t want anybody to be scared, so I said let’s go upstairs.  I laid him down in my bedroom and he’s

I feel strongly about ultrasound at this point.  There’s no excuses.  It should be in everybody’s hand.

Still scared.  Still worried about him.  But I mean you know, I feel strongly about ultrasound at this point.  There’s no excuses.  It should be in everybody’s hand.  This is a preventative measure.  This is a diagnostic measure.  Why are we carrying around these stethoscopes that don’t give us much information?  I mean we can literally be looking inside of people, preventing disease, diagnosing disease, giving them reassurance when we know that the, something’s negative or something’s not there.  I mean that’s a huge emotional value.  So, look, there’s no reason why everybody shouldn’t have this.  Shouldn’t have the Butterfly.  What was your question?  I don’t know if I answered it.

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