Smaller, More Powerful Ultrasound Devices are BIG News

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Good things come in small packages. In recent years, more power has been packed into more compact ultrasound systems—smaller than a breadbox—and easily portable. Best of all, performance rivals their more traditional, larger cousins. This year, one new system is small enough to fit into a labcoat pocket. While size is news, what’s taking ultrasound imaging to the next level are more features such as live 4D. Overall, ultrasound systems offer improved contrast and image resolution, over-time comparison views, and color. The option to be wireless also provides flexibility throughout the enterprise for laptop and cart ultrasound systems.


Advanced Imaging Technologies (Booth 2179) is introducing image-guided biopsy capabilities as a key component of its real-time, through-wave breast ultrasound device, ARIA BIS. Also being featured is a new workstation designed to deliver multiple image displays including whole breast bilateral and inter-modality and over-time comparison views, as well as superior contrast and spatial resolution of dense tissue. Both new product features make it possible to provide breast imaging, diagnosis and image-guided biopsy in one PACS/DICOM compliant system, the company says.

Biodex Medical Systems (Booth 8924) is showcasing redesigned ultrasound tables. The Sound Pro combination table is equipped to accommodate the imaging needs of ultrasound and echocardiography and offers a height range from 23 to 39 inches, is 30-inches wide, has a 2-to-3-inch thick table pad and accommodates a 500-pound patient.  

GE Healthcare (Booth 1729) is exhibiting their LOGIQ line of laptop-size ultrasound systems. The LOGIQ i laptop-size ultrasound imaging system is suited for beside radiology. The 10-pound system empowers clinicians with volume imaging and wireless capability for comprehensive point-of-care radiology, vascular, neonatal, breast and musculoskeletal imaging, including areas with constricted space such as the intensive care unit or between incubators in the neonatal intensive care unit, the company says. The LOGIQ i features the capacity to store raw ultrasound data and transmit it wirelessly to a workstation.

The LOGIQ 7 shared service ultrasound system features enhanced performance for cardiac applications, including an exclusive tool to allow clinicians to visualize in the hemodynamics of cardiac blood flow, called B-Flow Color, for real-time, more dynamic imaging.

LOGIQworks FX offers the ability to add the advanced image review and post-processing capabilities of LOGIQworks to existing Centricity RA600 and ViewPoint. The system removes the necessity for a separate workstation to achieve enhanced image review of ultrasound studies, including both raw data and volume image processing.

Hitachi Medical Systems America (Booth 1144) is exhibiting their Hi Vision 5500 digital ultrasound system in Chicago. The 5500 performance features include quadra beam processing, Hi Vue circuitry, directional color flow angiography and real-time Doppler measurements. Standard features include a patient and image database management system, enhanced Cine and M-mode recording with Cine-max memory and customizable presets and preset-operation functions.

Medison America (Booth 2903) is showcasing a new ultrasound product, Accuvix V10. 

Accuvix V10 enables enhanced diagnostic accuracy and shortened diagnostic time, providing high-quality images through its 17-inch, 1280x1024 high-resolution flat-panel display set on an articulating arm. The Accuvix V10 provides Doppler image quality using speckle reduction filter, full spectrum imaging, DynamicMR ,and features 2D, 3D and 4D image technologies. 

Philips Medical Systems (Booths 4048, 4129, 4165) is introducing Vision 2008 upgrades for the iU22 ultrasound system. Delivering new workflow and imaging capabilities, the enhancements include the ViewForum workstation. Clinicians can now view ultrasound in the same format as CT and MR, gaining new efficiencies throughout the department. Further, the upgrade enables users to view a sequential block of volume data, virtually rescan at any time to obtain their most diagnostic 2D images, and utilize familiar manipulation and quantification tools. ViewForum provides a total volume imaging solution for any radiology PACS environment.

Also new on the iU22, the C5-1 transducer is a solution for imaging technically difficult patients, including the obese. It provides the penetration needed to get key diagnostic data, while combining