Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

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

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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.

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

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

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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