Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

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.

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