Diagnostic imaging  

Siemens showcases new portable ultrasound system

10 May 2005

San Francisco, USA. Siemens Medical Solutions is highlighting the all-digital SONOLINE G40(TM) ultrasound system this week at the 53rd annual clinical meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in booth #801, from May 9 - 11, San Francisco, Calif.

The newest member of the Siemens ultrasound family, which combines best-in-class image quality, workflow advancement and color Doppler capabilities to meet daily clinical needs in a variety of clinical settings, commenced shipment this week to customers worldwide.

According to Brooke Combest, RDMS, of Women's Care Group in Knoxville, Tenn., the new G40 system is easy to use and the image quality is excellent. "We use the G40 system for first, second and third trimester imaging, as well as a lot of transvaginal work, and we have found the harmonics to be great for imaging detail. The image quality is crisp, the color sensitivity is superb, and the storage capabilities on the system are excellent for accessing and archiving our patient data."

The G40 system's intuitive user interface allows clinicians and sonographers to offer comprehensive, diagnostic ultrasound exams to more patients in less time, and the compact system with built-in cable management allows for easy transportation between exam rooms or suites. Additionally, with the DIMAQ-IP integrated workstation and built-in CD read/write drive, small private practices and hospital ultrasound departments alike can cost-effectively archive patient exam data. The embedded connectivity solutions on the G40 system allow simple integration into DICOM-enabled networks and PC-based workstations.

Siemens Ultrasound Division will also showcase capabilities of its Encompass release for the flagship ACUSON Sequoia(TM) ultrasound system, including the revolutionary Native TEQ(TM) dynamic ultrasound technology(1) for improved diagnostic image quality, workflow and ergonomics. Native TEQ technology enables the ultrasound system's computer to read the signals that are returning from the individual patient, and then automatically adjust image brightness in two dimensions while the operator is scanning, so all images are optimized in real-time and the sonographer or physician can scan freely without having to touch the keyboard. The technology is particularly helpful during portable exams, such as in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or the operating room (OR), when quick, diagnostic exams are important and overgained studies often occur due to bright lighting conditions.

The company's fourSight(TM) 4D ultrasound imaging technology will also be highlighted at ACOG 2005. The imaging technology allows for real-time display of three-dimensional (3D) images on the SONOLINE Antares(TM) ultrasound system. Clinical evaluators say the advent of real-time 4D imaging enables interactive examination of internal structures from any viewpoint, detection of potential abnormalities and improved diagnostic assessments. Additionally, evaluators feel the fourSight 4D technology is perfectly suited for the Antares system due to its best-in-class 2D, 3D and Doppler performance, and its full range of advanced imaging capabilities for a broad range of diagnostic applications.

(1) Native TEQ(TM) dynamic ultrasound technology is not yet commercially available.

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