Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

October 28, 2009

GE Launches New Venue 40 Miniaturized Ultrasound Product Line

Filed under: Portable Ultrasound — Leslie @ 8:45 pm

WAUWATOSA, WIS. – GE Healthcare, the $17 billion business unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today introduced the new Venue™ ultrasound product line to the medical market. The Venue 40, the first product launched, provides visualization for needle guidance procedures and rapid diagnostics in real-time at the bedside. These “point of care” settings are the fastest growing in ultrasound around the world. In the U.S., these applications grew an average of 30 percent per year over the past four years, as cited in a recent 2008 industry report issued by Klein Biomedical Consultants, an internationally recognized source of ultrasound market trends.

An intuitive touch screen and streamlined design make Venue 40 easy to use and easy to clean, especially for clinicians who use ultrasound to make immediate care decisions, or guide procedures.

Clinicians can execute all functions through an intuitive touch screen. Annotations and measurements can be entered quickly and precisely with a stylus. The sleek system is free from buttons, knobs or a keyboard on its touchscreen. Its small size and streamlined cart allows for imaging in some of the smallest of clinical spaces, such as at the bedside or in a trauma bay. The lightweight Venue 40 system can be easily transported from room to room.   A clinician can quickly dock the compact ultrasound unit in the cart or table dock, without tools.

The Venue comes in five versions for the following procedures:





Point of Care

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October 20, 2009

Medison’s New 3D/4D Ultrasound System

Available October 2009

As an innovator of 3D/4D ultrasound, Medison announces their newest system, Accuvix 20 Prestige.  The system features new ergonomics and new technology to produce greater quality images resulting in diagnostic confidence while providing an ideal scanning environment for the sonographer.

According to the company’s press release, its technology includes “cutting edge 3D MXI(TM) (3D Multi-eXtended Imaging(TM)), the ‘Prestige’ also comes with extended diagnostic tools including DMR+(TM) (DynamicMR+(TM)), Auto IMT(TM) and Panoramic imaging technology.”
In addition, the “DMR+(TM) (DynamicMR+(TM)) is fully optimized for evaluating detailed obstetrical, pelvic and abdominal anatomy.”

To learn more, visit their site at

October 13, 2009

Supersonic Imagine

A new company, Supersonic Imagine, based in Aix-en-Provence, France, introduced the Aixplorer system which provides measurements of tissue stiffness. Unlike Toshiba’s reliance on operator compression or Siemens’ articulated transducer arm, SuperSonic Imagine uses a proprietary technique called ShearWave Elastography to produce consistent results. ShearWave Elastography is user-skill independent as it does not rely on compression but is based on the simultaneous use of both ultrasound waves and shear waves to assess tissue stiffness. ShearWave Elastography uses
remote palpation to provide an objective assessment of tissue stiffness in real time using color-coded mapping.”Beam formation and scan conversion are done by software rather than the hardware found on other systems”, company founder Jacques Souquet, Ph.D., the former chief technology officer of ATL and later Philips Ultrasound Souquet said.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Leslie @ 2:37 am

For over 15 years, the technology of Elastography has been researched and studied.  Elastography is rooted in the practice of palpation, one of the oldest concepts in medicine. When an abnormal mass is discovered in a patient, an important aspect of the initial clinical examination is physically palpating the mass to assess its stiffness.  Elastography takes this concept one step further by using ultrasound to perform sophisticated and sensitive measurements of relative stiffness and creating detailed images depicting this information.  The technical term for the way a solid mass moves in response to a force is called elasticity. Scientists say that cancerous tumors have very low elasticity – they do not change shape readily when pressed. It is this property that enables Elastography to work. Elastography refers to the measurement of elastic properties of tissues, based on the well-established principle that malignant tissue is harder than benign tissue.  Research has shown that normal tissue and fat have smaller elasticity profiles, while hard areas, such as cancers, are larger than the gray-scale appearance.

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Leslie @ 1:10 am

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