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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.

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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……

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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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 28, 2009

GE Launches New Venue 40 Miniaturized Ultrasound Product Line

Filed under: Portable Ultrasound — Leslie @ 8:45 pm
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WAUWATOSA, WIS. – GE Healthcare, the $17 billion business unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today introduced the new Venue™ ultrasound product line to the medical market. The Venue 40, the first product launched, provides visualization for needle guidance procedures and rapid diagnostics in real-time at the bedside. These “point of care” settings are the fastest growing in ultrasound around the world. In the U.S., these applications grew an average of 30 percent per year over the past four years, as cited in a recent 2008 industry report issued by Klein Biomedical Consultants, an internationally recognized source of ultrasound market trends.

An intuitive touch screen and streamlined design make Venue 40 easy to use and easy to clean, especially for clinicians who use ultrasound to make immediate care decisions, or guide procedures.

Clinicians can execute all functions through an intuitive touch screen. Annotations and measurements can be entered quickly and precisely with a stylus. The sleek system is free from buttons, knobs or a keyboard on its touchscreen. Its small size and streamlined cart allows for imaging in some of the smallest of clinical spaces, such as at the bedside or in a trauma bay. The lightweight Venue 40 system can be easily transported from room to room.   A clinician can quickly dock the compact ultrasound unit in the cart or table dock, without tools.

The Venue comes in five versions for the following procedures:

Vascular

Anesthesia

Interventional

Musculoskeletal

Point of Care

Learn more at www.venue.gehealthcare.com

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.

Elastography

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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