Toshiba enhances ultrasounds, provides new way to view images
Toshiba America Medical Systems at RSNA 2006 last month highlighted the latest updates and additions to its Aplio ultrasound system in the form of a system dubbed the Aplio XG. The system provides several enhancements including the new 4D technology which allows users to acquire volume data sets for subsequent, off-line review. The Aplio XG’s 3D multi-slice view delivers sequential imaging with a presentation format similar to CT and MR. Additionally, slice thickness and the number of images displayed can be selected by the user. A new ergo-optimized control panel and 19-inch LCD also have been added to increase user comfort. The Aplio XG also is IHE-compliant for improved connectivity and workflow. Lastly, the system now offers a speedier boot-up time for less waiting. The system will be available this month.

Additional Aplio XG features include Differential Tissue Harmonic Imaging (DTHI), Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF), ApliPure and iASSIST. DTHI provides clearer images, resulting in faster assessments and more accurate diagnoses. Advanced Dynamic Flow accurately displays blood flow with directional information, even for tiny vessels, and improves diagnoses. ApliPure uses real-time spatial and frequency compounding technology to deliver clearer image quality. iASSIST utilizes Bluetooth technology and allows clinicians to operate the Aplio system from a distance without hardware applications, resulting in streamlined workflow processes and ease of use for clinicians.

Toshiba also highlighted its recent partnership with McKesson which has resulted in a way for images acquired via Aplio and other systems to be sent over and evaluated on McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging Store 100, a mini-PACS for 200 beds or less facilities. Working in this way provides many benefits, such as standardizing the acquisition of images, enabling the viewing of multiple slices, providing images that “appear very similar to CT scans or MR images,” and is “the biggest thing in ultrasound since color Doppler,” said Gordon Parhar, director, ultrasound business unit.

Adding to this, Parhar stated that the volume imaging allows for a scan plane that previously could not be achieved.

The company also has made some improvements to its Nemio line with the new XG system, which benefits from a number of features that have been migrated over from the Aplio.