Siemens introduces Acuson Antares 5.0 release and spotlights Acuson X150 ultrasound system
Siemens Medical Solutions Ultrasound Division has introduced the 5.0 release of their Acuson Antares ultrasound platform at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The 5.0 release offers innovations in five clinical application areas, including breast and OB/GYN imaging. Siemens' eSieTouch elasticity imaging technology includes an adaptation designed for fatty breast imaging, and bundles with Siemens' Advanced SieClear spatial compounding, which provides 13 lines of sight, as well as dynamic TCE tissue contrast enhancement technology providing speckle reduction and motion correction.

For OB/GYN applications, the Antares 5.0 release offers advanced fourSight technology, a comprehensive suite of acquisition, rendering, and post-processing tools, and syngo Auto OB Measurements. Amnioscopic rendering, a surface-rendering technique developed by Siemens corporate research, provides realistic views of the fetus. With Advanced fourSight technology, users now have greater flexibility to analyze 2D, 3D and 4D studies.

New features include multiSlice imaging, which displays a matrix of 2D images from any plane in a volume and automated volume measurement for rapid segmentation and capture of volume measurements from any 3D volume.

Siemens' syngo Auto OB Measurements software generates semi-automatic biometric fetal measurements for bi-parietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length. The software can shorten exam time by reducing keystrokes required for these measurements up to 75 percent, as well as improve departmental consistency by reducing operator variance.

Siemens will also showcase the newest member of its X Class family of products, the Acuson ultrasound system. Field upgradeability allows the user to add sensitive color and power Doppler capabilities and a cardiac screening application. The Acuson X150 features 3-Scape real-time 3D imaging for the construction of real-time 3D images during free-hand acquisition. Its 15-inch flat panel display is mounted on an arm providing a wide range of motion.