SonoSite, Inc. has announced the release of its latest, laptop size ultrasound system. From the press release:
The MicroMaxx system, at less than eight pounds and the size of a laptop computer, delivers image resolution and performance comparable to costly, conventional cart-based ultrasound systems weighing over 200 pounds. This unprecedented power in a hand-carried configuration provides caregivers with unmatched flexibility and efficiency in utilizing ultrasound in both hospital and office-based settings.
The company plans to market its device to such fields as radiology and cardiology, while also expanding ultrasound’s utility in areas such as emergency medicine, anesthesiology and surgery.
Some additional features of the system, as described by the company:
— MicroMaxx’s purpose-built software and proprietary ASIC design yields high-quality images with speed and reliability while efficiently operating on either AC or battery power.
— From busy offices and big-city hospitals to critical-care situations where seconds count, the SonoSite MicroMaxx system boots up quickly, from “off” to scanning in 12 seconds. This easily carried device gets medical professionals into-and out of-tight spaces fast.
— The MicroMaxx™ system software is hard-wired and purpose-built for faster boot-up times, faster digital image processing and the ability to run for a long time. Power is efficiently used, extending battery life for use wherever needed.
— SonoSite’s proprietary Chip Fusion Technology enables advanced, cart-based image resolution in a hand-carried unit by integrating digital signal processing and multiple ultrasound functions into a custom ASIC microchip to deliver unprecedented performance without the size, weight and cost of conventional systems.
— The MicroMaxx system comes with a wide range of transducers for multiple clinical applications. With MicroMaxx, SonoSite is extending the capabilities of hand-carried systems by adding high-performance features such as high-frequency linear and multi-plane transesophageal imaging.
— The MicroMaxx system also includes SonoCalc™ IMT, proprietary edge-detection software that enables clinicians to quickly and easily measure intima-media thickness of the carotid artery for assessment of arterial wall disease progression and cardiovascular risk.
— Extensive quality controls such as “drop testing” ensure that SonoSite products continue to set the industry standard for both reliability and durability.