Zonare releases upgraded ultrasound platform
Zonare Medical Systems released new upgrades for its z.one ultrasound system at the 2008 Society for Vascular Surgery annual meeting, held in San Diego last week.

The Convertible Ultrasound platform, based on Zone Sonography technology, will feature new software, hardware and transducer technology to help vascular surgeons optimize clinical data for more confident diagnoses as well as improve workflow efficiencies, according to Zonare.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company highlighted its new 2D performance enhancements including the virtual apex array format for a wider field of view on all linear transducers. The new format allows clinicians to view more anatomy and pathology information on a wide range of patient types, Zonare said.

The company also demonstrated its new full-screen, live-imaging display, which enables physicians to view exams by using the entire 19-inch display area on the z.one ultra system. Additionally, the DICOM Structured Reporting for Vascular Exams will be showcased, allowing for automatic transfer of calculation results to a PACS reporting solution accepting DICOM structured reporting data, Zonare said.
The company also highlighted its new multi-transducer port, which allows clinicians to choose between three different transducers that are connected to the system simultaneously. As a result, patient exam times are shortened because there is significantly less time involved in changing out transducers, according to Zonare.