More news from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. Terason Ultrasound, a division of Massachusetts based Teratech Corporation, has introduced the Terason t3000™ Ultrasound System, a laptop based device.
To us the system seems to be hitting SonoSite’s MicroMaxx™ with a powerful bang-on-head competition. These are indeed impressive capabilities for a system that features all the standard imaging modalities (2D/B-Mode, fundamental and harmonic imaging, M-mode, power doppler, directional power doppler, color doppler, PW and CW spectral doppler, duplex doppler (simultaneous, real-time 2-D and spectral doppler display), and triplex Display, as well as ECG trace):
The Terason t3000 system is based upon Teratech Architecture, the most significant ultrasound system architecture breakthrough in years. Teratech Architecture combines the front-end Fusion processor with powerful PC-based software back-end data processing. Leveraging patented charge-domain processing and system integration technologies, this enormously flexible, scalable platform enables the development and seamless integration of cutting edge imaging applications and the flexibility to expand system capabilities. Teratech Architecture produces superb imaging and Doppler, and facilitates real-time, quantitative image and data analysis.
Terason’s Fusion Processor is the brain of the Terason t3000 System. Unlike “custom ASIC” solutions that are based on off-the-shelf components, the Fusion Processor is the world’s only fully custom-designed, integrated ultrasound chip set. The Fusion Processor drives 256 beam forming channels. Its 128 transmit beam forming channels allow multi-focal transmit zones, each dynamically focused with different aperture, frequency and waveform characteristics. It also drives 128 receive beam forming channels, for incredible B-Mode sensitivity and exceptionally high frame rates, and supports higher frequency transducers for applications requiring high-resolution imaging.
High Performance Laptop Ultrasound™
The t3000 system’s compact size and light weight make it easy to image in crowded patient rooms or at remote sites. Weighing in at just 8.0 pounds, the system can operate on batteries for over 2 hours. The t3000 also easily converts to a cart-based system…
Because the t3000 system runs as a Windows application on a standard laptop computer, you already understand how to use it. Further, it offers PC-related productivity benefits that are second nature. Images, loops and reports can be transferred to standard word processing and presentation software applications with cut-and-paste simplicity. Data file management is intuitive. Wireless and Ethernet connectivity are built in. DICOM export is a snap, and integration with voice command and other applications is seamless. OneButton™ optimization simplifies the beginning of each exam by adjusting TGCs and a wide variety of other imaging controls, so you can immediately focus on the patient – not the hardware. During the exam, most common tasks are accomplished with a single keystroke.
The t3000 supports a wide variety of transducers and exam types, delivers powerful vascular and cardiac reporting, and is designed to augment larger systems for imaging at remote locations or to serve as the primary imaging solution in smaller or office-based practice settings.