Hitachi announces new enhancement package for premium ultrasound system

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Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. announced the upcoming release of its Version 2.0 enhancement package for the HI VISION 8500 Premium ultrasound system.

Hitachi said the software enhancement will provide users with a host of imaging and operating improvements including a one-touch optimization feature and a new digital zoom with increased resolution and selectable sector size for maximizing frame rate.

In addition to the software component, the upgrade also will include a new DVD+RW storage solution.

Hitachi said that upon release, customers covered by warranty or service contracts will receive the software enhancement and the DVD hardware at no charge.

Additionally, the new operating software will support the HI VISION 8500's optional SonoElastography feature, which allows users to acquire tissue elasticity information in conjunction with conventional B-mode images.