Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

April 16, 2010

Sonosite Education Key Uses Simple USB Plug-In

Health care professionals with a Sonosite M-Turbo or S-Series portable ultrasound system and who specialize  in the areas of point-of-care: Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care, are able to download training programs.

According to the company “you can plug your SonoSite Education Key directly into your ultrasound system, which allows for true point-of-care training.  The SonoSite Education Key can also be used on any PC or MAC computer with a USB Drive.”

SonoSite states that by “leveraging the integration of Texas Instruments’ multimedia DaVinci™ technology, SonoSite’s Education Key program is available on a USB thumb drive that can be played right on the M-Turbo system itself. The Education Key features clinical training videos with market specific versions for anesthesiology, emergency medicine and critical care. The M-Turbo system training modules are also available to help new users quickly learn how to optimize the system.”

If you are looking for on-site training of the following procedures or if you require ultrasound per diems with this experience, contact Renaissance Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound Evaluation of the Abdominal Aorta
  • Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks
  • Ultrasound Evaluation for Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Ultrasound Guided Paracentesis
  • Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis
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April 10, 2010

GE’s Logiq E9 Improves Interventional Procedures

GE showcased their new volume navigation technology on the GE Logiq E9 at the Society of Interventional Radiology.  The needle features a highly sensitive electromagnetic tip which improves accuracy and avoidance of key anatomy.

A company representative states “LOGIQ E9’s advanced needle tracking can now help medical professionals utilize ultrasound during in-plane and challenging out-of-plane interventional procedures,” said Brian McEathron, general manager of General Imaging Ultrasound, GE Healthcare. “This can reduce time, limit repeat procedures, improve outcomes and result in a better overall patient experience.”

In addition, “Before the skin is even penetrated, the LOGIQ E9’s advanced technology projects the path to the target, helping to plan the optimal angle and point of entry. During the procedure, the system displays the needle’s position in real-time graphics that are overlaid on the image of the scan plane. The trajectory can then be monitored as it progresses toward the target.”

To read more about the GE Logiq 9 ultrasound system click here

March 18, 2010

SonoSite’s NanoMaxx and GE’s Venue Ultrasound Systems

Filed under: Anesthesia,GE Ultrasound,Portable Ultrasound,SonoSite — Leslie @ 4:19 pm
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It seems like yesterday when I first plugged in my computer and connected to AOL, I can still hear the unmistakable sound of connection as a new world opened up.  As technology in our computers and cell phones change daily, so does the technology in ultrasound.  Sure some of the systems are smaller and faster, but do they truly provide the same diagnostic accuracy as their big brothers?

Behold the SonoSite  NanoMaxx ultrasound system which, according to the company, “is an extremely portable, high-resolution imaging tool that provides point-of-care visualization to a variety of medical specialties. Empowering physicians to meet the highest standard of patient care, the NanoMaxx system targets applications that will improve patient safety and minimize complications. With one-dial control, advanced proprietary imaging algorithms, a 20 second boot-up time, and a rugged form factor (successfully drop-tested from three feet), the NanoMaxx system is a breakthrough technology that truly meets an unmet clinical need.”

Although SonoSite has been the leader in portable ultrasound systems, GE’s Venue(TM) ultrasound system is like an a la carte diagnostic device: Choose your desired modality and you are off and running.  The system is without a keyboard and instead contains a USB and SM card so that the clinician can plug in the probe, scan, review results.  The portable ultrasound system was designed for vascular, anesthesia, interventional,  musculoskeletal  and point of care modalities.

There is definitely a need for the light-weight and portable in a point of care environment, time will tell how these mighty systems compare to the dinosaurs before them.

SonoSite Nanomaxx


GE Venue 40


Learn more at www.SonoSite.com and www.GeHealthcare.com

March 12, 2010

Upcoming Ultrasound Tradeshows

Ahhhh, the sound of happy feet not having to support me for 8 hours while standing in the trade show booth greeting and educating customers on the latest and greatest innovations.  It’s kind of hard to explain why our technology was so much better than the competition’s when they essentially were the same – ugh.

Now I travel to network my company, Renaissance Ultrasound, and learn about the new technologies so that I can ensure my team is up to date.  Kudos to those writing and submitting clinical papers!

Here’s a list of some of the upcoming tradeshows over the next few months – hope to see you there!


SIR Society of Interventional Radiology March 14-17 Tampa, FL
ACC American College of Cardiology March 14-16 Atlanta, GA
AIUM American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine March 24-27 San Diego, CA
SPA Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology April 16-17 San Antonio, TX
AMSSM American Medical Society for Sports Medicine April 17-20 Cancun, Mexico
ACP American College of Physicians April 22-24 Toronto, Canada
ASRA American Society of Regional Anesthesia April 22-25 Toronto, Canada
ASBS American Society of Breast Surgeons April 29-May 1 Las Vegas, NV

December 5, 2009

Snapshot of the New Portable Ultrasound Systems

RSNA Update #2

Here’s a quick rundown on the new tiny tots in the ultrasound marketplace:

SonoScape S6BW

SonoScape out of China introduced the S6BW ultrasound system which is a black & white ultrasound system with an available color Doppler option.   It includes a full transducer family: convex, phased array, linear, transvaginal, transrectal, bi-plane.  In addition, 3D imaging is available on all of the transducers.

Flex Focus

BK Medical announces the Flex Focus in 3 different models:  Flex Focus 400, 400-Anesthesia, and Flex Focus 200.  These systems feature: 19″ LCD monitor, Tissue Harmonics, 3D capable, DICOM features, 2 standard transducer ports and one to support BK’s mechanical transducer.

Zonare highlighted their z.one ultra sp portable ultrasound system which can be utilized as a laptop or a full-featured cart based system.  This system is designed for interventional radiology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, venous ablation, OB/GYN.  It features a 19″ monitor and 3 hours of battery life.

z.one sp ultra


Mindray shows us their existing M5 portable ultrasound system, but with the 2.0 upgrade, which provides high frequency scanning with the new L14-6 Linear transducer.


Out of China again, we have the CHISON Q8  a multipurpose, all digital, portable color Doppler ultrasound system.  It fits in a range of diagnostic applications such as abdominal, obstetric/gynecological, cardiac, vascular, small parts, pediatric, neonatal and musculoskeletal. Q8 also has features like real-time 4D, tissue Doppler imaging and transesophageal echocardiography scanning.  To enable easy scanning, the system also has an ergonomical keyboard design, double probe connectors and USB and DICOM connectivity.

November 20, 2009

SonoSite Dazzles Again – now with SonoAccess for iPhone

As SonoSite continues to pave the way as the leader in patient point-of-care, it has launched a new App for the iPhone to provide the physician with even more hands-on information for ultrasound applications.  According to the SonoSite website, the features of SonoAccess include:


Video Case Studies
The Video Case Studies provide an in-depth look into specific cases that you may encounter in your practice.
Clinical Image Gallery
The Clinical Image Gallery is designed to give you a look at expert ultrasound images for anatomy recognition and as a quick comparative reference for you to compare your results to.
Quick-Start Guides
The Quick-Start Guides are abbreviated user manuals designed to give new SonoSite users a digital roadmap of their system’s controls and features to help navigate the user interface.
Reimbursement Guides
The Reimbursement Guides are designed to provide general coverage and payment information for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures so you have accurate coding and billing information.
News Feed
The SonoAccess News Feed keeps you up-to-date on the latest SonoSite news.
See it in action!


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