Journal of Clinical Neonatology

: 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-

Obtaining neonatal head ultrasound using butterfly iQ

Shabih Manzar 
 Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Louisiana State University of Health Sciences, Shreveport, LA, USA

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Manzar S. Obtaining neonatal head ultrasound using butterfly iQ.J Clin Neonatol 2021;10:146-146

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I read the recent article by Venkatesh[1] published in the recent issue of the journal. With the advent of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), it is now possible to scan patients at their bedside. Butterfly iQ is one of the POCUS devices that has been launched to be used in adults and pediatrics.[2] However, its role in the neonatal practice has not been described in the company's literature. After obtaining parental consent, we used Butterfly iQ on one of our stable-term neonates. An antiseptic technique was followed (wiping the equipment with Sani-Cloth® as per company's recommendation, washing hands, and wearing protective gloves). The equipment was connected to the phone (app already installed on the phone), and then ultrasound gel was applied at the probe. The probe was then placed on the anterior fontanelle. After trying different modes, finally, we were able to get the best images by using the “pediatric abdomen” mode [Figure 1]. The gain was set as 50% and depth to 13 cm. The probe was used in sagittal and transverse planes.{Figure 1}

In a recent review, Conlon et al.[3] have described the usefulness of POCUS in a variety of pediatric conditions. Similarly, in neonatal care, having access to POCUS could be of great help in obtaining real-time information and guiding the management as elucidated by Venkatesh.[1] Currently, we are piloting POCUS for screening echocardiogram in stable neonates using Butterfly iQ.

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1Venkatesh IH. Physics behind ultrasound – What should i know as a neonatologist? J Clin Neonatol 2020;9:157-61/
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3Conlon TW, Nishisaki A, Singh Y, Bhombal S, De Luca D, Kessler DO, et al. Moving beyond the stethoscope: Diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric practice. Pediatrics 2019;144:e20191402.