Siemens debuts ultrasound platform for echocardiography
Siemens Healthcare is unveiling the Acuson SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system, which can acquire non-stitched, real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart in one single heart cycle, during the 19th Annual Session of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Toronto, June 7-11.

Called "Echo in a Heartbeat," the new technology marks the greatest paradigm shift in ultrasound since the introduction of 2D imaging, according to Siemens.

"The system has unparalleled capabilities in information rate processing that allow us to acquire a full volume of the entire heart with 90 degree pyramids. With a high-volume acquisition rate like this—in one second, every second—acquisition time is dramatically reduced, improving the overall workflow in the echocardiography suite,” said Klaus Hambuechen, CEO, ultrasound, at Siemens.

The proprietary 4Z1c transducer is a single transducer solution for adult echo applications that enables full output power within regulatory limits, which results in improved penetration, reduced noise and high-volume acquisition rates when compared to conventional 3D transducers, the company said.