Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

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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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 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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