At the Medica conference in Düsseldorf, Siemens unveiled its Acuson P50 portable ultrasound laptop system. Based on the Apple MacBook, the laptop can be used for anything from echocardiography to browsing through YouTube.
The system provides superb image resolution in B mode and in color Doppler mode. It also includes an integrated stress echo function. It can run several cardiology application packages including syngo Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) and syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP) which can used to determine a patient’s vascular age. Together with syngo Auto Left Heart, these applications turn the P50 into an ideal solution which considerably simplifies and accelerates the workflow in echocardiography and vascular diagnosis.
The Acuson P50 is a Microsoft Windows-based PC equipped with such additional functions as Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office PowerPoint and many other special image viewing programs. The system’s flexible architecture provides for excellent ultrasound images and gives users a number of tools for image post-processing, for generating protocols or for accessing the Internet for additional research. During the examination, the physician is able to view other images, look at technical papers or clarify abnormalities before he making a diagnosis. This gives physicians more flexibility during the diagnostic process.
The Acuson P50 weighs slightly more than 5 kilograms and is easily transported in a laptop bag. When not connected to the Internet, it has up to two hours of battery life, making it fully equipped for emergency situations. The P50 is built off of an Apple MacBook laptop with 2 GB RAM, a 160 GB hard disk and a 2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium M processor.