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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March 26, 2010

Siemens S2000 Adds New Feature: Aids in Breast Cancer Detection

Women with dense breast tissue have been termed a technically-difficult patient in the past, but with the new Siemens S2000 ABVS scanner, this is no longer the case.  The innovative device is attached to the ultrasound system and is the world’s first device of its kind, capturing three-dimensional volume images of the breast, including a coronal view, which has not been available with conventional ultrasound.

The system is well-versed in completing a comprehensive breast exam from physician palpation, to scanning with elastography, to capturing 3D volume images, to conducting biopsies.  Siemens S2000 ABVS user, Dr. Frank Stöblen, has stated “The system application is extremely flexible. I can immediately follow-up with a manual examination after an automatic image acquisition or use the system for a biopsy if necessary.”

Advances in technology and in this case, conducting breast screening exams, decreases patient anxiety and increases turn around time for diagnoses.  Patient care is improving when the coronal display of the breast Volume images provide an even better overview of the anatomy and architecture of the breast tissue than earlier techniques. These 3D images are now able to display the coronal view of the breast (from the nipple to the breast wall) in slices. This view simplifies and accelerates the diagnosis.

To receive on-site training for breast imaging or ultrasound system training, click on the link to learn more at RenaissanceUltrasound.

Siemens S2000 ABVS

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

February 5, 2010

Check Your Heart. Check Your Lungs. Check Your Boob.

OK – I’m straying from our world of ultrasound to talk about what appears to be an amazing new product on the market.  We all know that Elastography is the latest and greatest technology is helping detect breast malignincies.  Some companies execute through the transducer and others through proprietary software and hardware.  But both come with a hefty price tag and a full-blown ultrasound system.  What if there was a different way?  A hand-held, laptop device that without the physics knowledge base of a sonographer or physician, could easily print an image with report findings related to benign or malignant breast lesions.

Not possible?  Take a look:

This is not a diagnostic device and it is to be used by the physician to better inform the patient about next steps, either recommending a biopsy, ultrasound, or mammogram, based on the findings of the SureTouch system.   The price point is well under $20,000 and it seems to me that it should be a staple in every internal medicine, OB/GYN, and family practice office.  Breast cancer in men is on the rise, and this could become part of their annual check up along with their prostate exam.

Our heart and lungs are routinely screened, our boobs should be to.

Learn more at medicaltactile.com

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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