A vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound iPhone gadget.
Despite not being an oncologist, Dr John Martin found a mass on his neck and by using Butterfly iQ he was able to diagnose his own tumour.
The tiny ultrasound device on his smartphone allowed him to start receiving cancer treatment earlier this year.
In a YouTube video, John opens up about his shock diagnosis.
He says: “Rather personal story, but the butterfly ultrasound device that we use today, I diagnosed my own tumour with it.
“I felt something funny on my neck, connected the probe to my phone, did an ultrasound, and there it was – my tumour.
“Once I made the diagnosis and I saw the mass, I didn’t know it was cancer yet, I had to wait for a biopsy.”
In the video, John discusses the importance of time, saying the sooner a diagnosis is made, the quicker treatment can begin. The Butterfly iQ is designed to replace bigger and pricier machines.
When John felt some discomfort in his neck, he was able to use the pocket-sized device to easily scan it.
The resulting image was then fed from the scanner straight through to his iPhone, delivering the devastating news in a clear way.
But John said the benefit of the device is that it allows medics to ‘conquer time’ and hasten the time to diagnosis, treatment and getting better.