Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

March 6, 2010

Ultrasound System Training – Who Needs it?

So… somebody decided to purchase a refurbished ultrasound system (better known as used equipment), it was within the budget, it came with a 90 day warranty, and the user thought “How hard can this be? I’ve been scanning for years with a different system, but they’re all the same, right?” Well, no, not really.  I think that buying an ultrasound system from a reputable reseller is often a good idea when budgets are tight, it’s kind of like buying a new vs. a used car, new things drop in value as soon as they are bought so often you can get a relatively new ultrasound system for a great price.  However, if you buy a system that nobody has scanned on before you are not maximizing that investment and getting the most out of its features.

Many of the systems have the same types of general features such as image optimization, but do you know where that knob/button is and how best to utilize it to capture the image?  What about the DICOM features on the system?  What about learning how to start doing aortas or stress in a cardiology practice?  What if you are now scanning on a different version (we call them revision levels) of an ultrasound system, do you know what’s the same or what has changed?

Take me to Renaissance System Training!

Nobody has time to sit down and read the manual (if you even got one with your system delivery), so rely on an expert to come to your site and teach you about that newly acquired ultrasound system so that you can begin taking better images resulting in better diagnoses.

Now… if only someone could show me how to change the clock in my used SUV…

November 2, 2009

Toshiba’s New Ultrasound System

Filed under: Uncategorized — Leslie @ 12:36 pm

RSNA is sure to be an adventure this year with the Big Guys introducing new and smaller ultrasound systems to meet the growing demand by clinicians.  Toshiba is the next company to unleash a mighty machine, check it out:

The Aplio MX is approximately 30 percent lighter than traditional cart-based
systems and improves ergonomics with its 19-inch flexible monitor and
customizable key console. It can also include Toshiba`s iAssistTM technology,
which pre-registers frequently used protocols into the system, saving time
during exams and increasing productivity for facilities performing multiple
exams daily. 

Toshiba`s Aplio MX ultrasound system includes:

* 4D imaging to produce high resolution renderings and arbitrary volume cuts in
real-time or offline allowing virtual reconstruction in formats similar to CT
and MRI. 
* Differential Tissue Harmonic Imaging for the better imaging of
difficult-to-image patients, like bariatric, without sacrificing resolution to
give superior border and tissue definition. 
* ApliPure to enhance both image clarity and detail definition with real-time
compounding technology to simultaneously perform spatial and frequency
compounding during transmitting and receiving. 
* Advanced Dynamic Flow to provide color Doppler imaging at an unprecedented
level and show flow with directional information for even the smallest vessels. 
* Precision Imaging to provide more detailed ultrasound images by capturing
information from multiple lines to improve definition of the structure and
minimizing noise and clutter.

Read more at Toshiba

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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