Ultrasound & Echocardiography: The Images are Speaking Volumes

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New systems are gaining significantly in portability, 3D and 4D scanning, wireless capabilities, multiplanar imaging, ergonomics and automatic image optimization. Better measurements and workflow enhancements are being offered, too.

GE Healthcare (Booth #2700) will be showing off a host of new products, including two new systems for cardiovascular ultrasound, three new products for general imaging and new capabilities for the Voluson 730 Expert System for use in obstetrics and gynecology. Also on display is the new LOGIQ Book XP.

The Vivid 7 Dimension cardiovascular ultrasound system, with real-time 4D and multidimensional imaging capabilities, brings new echocardiography acquisition, reconstruction, and analysis techniques that allow physicians to view images in multiple planes simultaneously. New clinical tools include: multidimensional imaging, with acquisition technology that acquires bi-plane and tri-plane images with color and Doppler; 4D imaging, with real-time display of 3D imagines of the heart; 4D tissue synchronization imaging, a dynamic 4D parametric imaging model of dyssynchrony from a single heart beat; and bloodflow imaging, a vascular imaging mode.

The Vivid i, a miniaturized cardiovascular ultrasound system, features a portable, wireless design. The system's clinical utility and light weight make it ideal for urgent care, emergency room, critical care, and operating room use, according to the company. 

In general imaging, GE is featuring the new LOGIQ 9, a new release on the LOGIQ 7 and the new LOGIQworks Workstation. The LOGIQ 9 premium system offers volume and multi-planar imaging. With LOGIQ 9 and new 4D transducer technologies, clinicians can acquire and construct volumetric images instantaneously, up to 30 volumes per second. The system is built on GE's TruScan architecture that enables automatic image optimization and the flexibility of raw data manipulation and management.

The LOGIQ 7 has new shared service capabilities. CrossXBeam spatial compounding and Speckle Reduction Imaging (SRI) optimize image quality for a full range of clinical applications. For cardiovascular imaging, the system offers transesophageal scanning and stress echo and quantitative tools such as Q-Analysis, Tissue Velocity Imaging (TVI) and Tissue Velocity Doppler (TVD).

LOGIQworks is a workstation that integrates GE's raw data processing and Centricity multi-modality workstation for high-performance processing and image review. A scaleable solution based on DICOM standards, LOGIQworks can support any clinical setting, from an imaging department to a fully networked  healthcare enterprise. The workstation features quick organ review, multi-planar measurement tools and volume analysis.

GE also is debuting new Volume Ultrasound capabilities on the Voluson 730 Expert system. Building on 4D imaging, the Voluson 730 Expert allows clinicians to acquire, optimize, navigate and analyze volumetric data in real-time. New 4D transducers and Inversion Mode and Speckle Reduction Imaging further enhance visualization and diagnostic confidence with the system, according to GE.

Lastly, the new LOGIQ Book XP enables cardiac assessment and trauma and surgical imaging. It delivers a broad range of clinical applications and connectivity solutions that give clinicians the confidence and freedom to scan outside of the department, GE said. In some cases, such as in surgery or the emergency department, the system's clinical and IT capabilities can help physicians make rapid life-critical decisions and enable remote consultation - when every second counts.

Philips Medical Systems (Booth #7171) is showcasing the Philips iU22 intelligent ultrasound system at RSNA that combines advanced ergonomics with new levels of automation. With xSTREAM architecture, the system includes 3D and 4D imaging.

The Philips iU22 intelligent ultrasound system provides revolutionary performance and workflow by combining advanced ergonomics with new levels of automation. The iU22 features the latest breakthroughs in high definition imaging and diagnostic capability improving accuracy and user confidence. In addition, Philips exclusive xSTREAM architecture is built for today and tomorrow, with advanced imaging technologies, including 3D and 4D imaging for the first time on a premium ultrasound system. In one ultrasound system, clinicians get exam efficiency, more automation and ease of use, and the most ergonomic system available in the industry (according