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

April 2, 2010

Doctor Loses License: Blames Faulty Ultrasound System

A doctor in Sarasota, FL chose to try a complicated  procedure on a patient which was not only risky,but also one he had never performed before – yet he blames the mistake on faulty ultrasound equipment.

“According to an administrative complaint, four years ago Dr. Matthew Kachinas decided to try a procedure called selective fetal reduction, which he never before performed.

State officials said last week at Kachinas’s hearing in Tampa that during the procedure, which was on a woman carrying twins, a healthy one and one with signs of Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, he aborted the wrong fetus.”

“He blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for his error.”

This is a tragic story for the patient and the family, but as professionals in the ultrasound industry, let’s learn from this mistake (provided nobody performs a risky procedure he is not trained in doing).

If you purchase refurbished ultrasound equipment, make sure you purchase from a reputable company who continues to answer your phone calls post-sale!  The equipment should also come with a standard 90 day warranty with an option to purchase a service contract.  There are several excellent service-related companies who employ former OEM service engineers who know the equipment inside and out.  One such company is Unisyn Medical, located in Golden, CO with depots and engineers across the country.  There is no reason not to have a service contract on your equipment and to get annual inspections, called PMs – preventive maintenance – you prevent something from going wrong or missing/dead elements in a transducer that need to be fixed for better image quality (having a transducer that does not fire at 100% degrades your image and you can lose valuable information).

Next is quality, system-specific ultrasound training, buying refurbished equipment is a great way to save some money, but you need to be trained on how to utilize all of the software features and technology in addition to specific clinical applications.  Our training sessions are customized to the system being used and the staff’s experience level.  When learning a new clinical application a full day will be spent doing lecture and hands-on scanning with CMEs provided from the SDMS.

Granted, the doctor performed a very complex procedure which is beyond Renaissance’s scope, but it is imperative that health care professionals be properly trained on ultrasound equipment and clinical applications to ensure the best patient care possible.  This includes servicing the equipment before something goes wrong!

To read more about the doctor, click here.

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.

December 4, 2009

Reach Out and Grab Your 3D Baby Face

RSNA update #1

Although trolling at RSNA, somehow I missed seeing this in action, and I’m from Acuson/Siemens, shame on me!      Actually, I think it was demonstrated during a scientific meeting.   Copying and pasting from the press release, sorry….


Utilizing technology that has its roots in immersive 3D movies, the new Siemens ultrasound fourSight Workplace image management software uses NVIDIA 3D Vision stereoscopic glasses and NVIDIA Quadro FX high-end professional graphics solutions to create the most stunning 3D/4D images of an unborn baby.

The clinical images, obtained with the ACUSON S2000 ultrasound system, are further enhanced using Amnioscopic Rendering, a Siemens-exclusive technology that produces photo-realistic 3D images of the fetus. While conventional 3D ultrasound technologies use two-dimensional monitors for the evaluation of 3D images, utilizing NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, users can experience 3D images in real 3D, vastly improving the overall ultrasound experience.

“Imagine the absolute thrill of an expectant mom and dad putting on 3D glasses and being able to really see what their baby looks like in vivid, high-resolution detail,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions. “NVIDIA Quadro technology enables our partners like Siemens Healthcare to make the impossible possible — offering remarkable 3D visual experiences that are also cost-effective for physicians.”

“This technology takes 3D/4D ultrasound imaging to the next level,” said Barbara Del Prince, Global Segment Manager, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Siemens. “Our fourSight Workplace, combined with the NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solution and 3D Vision technology, offers a truly remarkable experience that’s rewarding for parents and their doctors, while also delivering practical benefits in medicine.” This quality improvement may provide additional information to the physician and assist in communication with surgeons and patients or to aid in treatment or surgical planning.

Read more……

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 www.Medison.com

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