Toshiba America Medical Systems introduced MicroPure in conjunction with a host of women’s ultrasound imaging techniques and transducers at the 2008 RSNA conference, including its 18 MHz high-resolution Dynamic Micro Slice transducer for breast imaging, ElastoQ quantitative sonoelastography suite as a work in progress and Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation (STIC).
Toshiba developed its MicroPure ultrasound technique to help physicians detect breast lesions and microcalcifications more clearly. MicroPure is less strenuous than mammography on the technician and patient, and it could help improve the quality of patient care, Toshiba said.
The high frequency, 18 MHz Dynamic Micro Slice transducer is designed to image superficial structures and identify lesions. The transducer offers very precise focusing in all directions and a high versatility for a variety of clinical applications. It is compatible wit h Differential Tissue Harmonics and available on the Toshiba Aplio XG Version 3.0 and above.
Toshiba highlighted STIC, its new gating technique to assess the fetal heart. Using STIC, data is acquired via an automatic volume acquisition capturing a high number of 2D frames in a volume set. The resulting volume image displays a loop of the beating fetal heart. Because there is 3D information behind each frame, scan planes can be moved, rotated and manipulated. Together with Cavity Imaging, where hollow structures are displayed as solid and the tissue is removed, STIC may be beneficial in the detection of fetal heart pathologies.
ElastoQ is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that evaluates tumors based on their elasticity compared to normal tissue. The tissue is examined while it is slightly compressed and decompressed, since cancerous tissue tends to have a significantly lower elasticity than healthy tissue.
Toshiba also introduced Differential Tissue Harmonic Imaging (D-THI), STIC and cavity imaging for its Xario XG ultrasound system.
D-THI helps provides Xario users a more accurate diagnosis, especially in technically difficult studies where penetration and resolution have been sub-optimal in the past. D-THI is a Toshiba exclusive patented non-linear technique where a dual frequency pulse is emitted, which results in uniform imaging for both superficial and deep structures and anatomy.
STIC acquires data via an automatic volume acquisition capturing a high number of 2D frames in a volume set. The resulting volume image displays a loop of the beating fetal heart. Because there is 3D information behind each frame, scan planes can be moved, rotated and manipulated. Together with Cavity Imaging, where hollow structures are displayed as solid and the tissue is removed, STIC may be beneficial in the detection of fetal heart pathologies.
Xario XG features a 19-inch monitor and comes standard with a bundled software package consisting of _Advanced Dynamic Flow, which accurately displays blood flow with directional information; ApliPure, which uses real-time spatial and frequency compounding technology; QuickScan one touch auto optimization for 2D and Doppler imaging and Trapezoid, which provides wide or expanded field of view imaging.