Diagnostic imaging  

New mobile high definition ultrasound system from Philips

19 June 2005

Andover, Mass., USA. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has introduced a new low-cost, mobile, high-definition ultrasound system aimed at the basic scanning needs of small office practices, hospitals and clinics.

The Philips HD3 high definition system provides greyscale and colour Doppler imaging with one button image optimisation, Cineloop review, Tissue Harmonic Imaging, an adjustable flat-panel monitor, and analysis packages and measurements for a wide variety of exams.

As the technology of ultrasound imaging advances, more sophisticated systems are helping improve the physician's diagnostic confidence, providing real-time three-dimensional views of the inside of the body. However, for most small office practices, hospitals and clinics, the need is for simplicity — high quality, ultrasound that meets their daily scanning needs. This type of low-cost, high definition ultrasound is what is required for many basic OB/GYN, abdominal, small parts, pediatric, vascular and basic cardiology examinations.

"We have worked to give these customers more of what they need and less of what they don't," said Barbara Franciose, CEO, ultrasound, for Philips Medical Systems. "Less expense, less weight, less to learn and more time to concentrate on their patients."

Like Philips premium ultrasound systems, the HD3 has a broadband digital beamformer that captures and preserves more tissue information than conventional narrowband systems, and its wide dynamic range and digital focal tuning provide exceptional sensitivity and detail resolution. It has also been designed with an intuitive interface, simple controls and a self-paced training CD that allow someone with basic ultrasound knowledge to start scanning quickly. Single-control image optimization also makes it easy to capture a quality image based on common settings for a wide variety of patients and helps improve image consistency between exams.

The HD3 is small enough to move easily between exam rooms, around the bedside or position in a crowded emergency room. Yet, the cart design of the HD3 allows quick access to multiple transducers, scanning supplies and necessary peripherals such as printers and recorders. It can also store images and reports to convenient recordable CDs or connect to DICOM-compatible patient information and image archiving networks.

First customer deliveries will start in Q3 2005.

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