Advanced Imaging Technologies, Inc. (AIT) ( Richland, WA) has announced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) that its ARIA ultrasound breast imaging system is now equipped for image-guided biopsy. The device is the winner of 2007 Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Award for ultrasound devices. In essence, the ARIA imaging system uses the diffractive properties of sound combined with holography (HU) to create highly-detailed, dynamic three-dimensional images of breast tissue. In transmission optical holography an image is obtained using the interference of two coherent acoustic sources, one being the transmitted wave and the other one, a reference wave. The resulting image is a true hologram.
The company believes that its system delivers better sensitivity for detection of masses in women with dense breast tissue. Furthermore, the company claims that ARIA delivers higher spatial and contrast resolution than regular mammography, or a standard ultrasound.
Features, taken from the product page:
Automated image acquisition of volumetric data sets User-friendly interface Real time image review Standardized, multi-planar imaging protocol Cost-effective Workflow efficiencies No special infrastructure requirements Minimal maintenance One day installation for a standard patient examination room Multiple reimbursement opportunities
Product page and videos: ARIA ultrasound breast imaging system …
Press release: Through-Wave Ultrasound: Effective, Economical and Ideal for Breast Imaging, Biopsy …
(hat tip: MTB Europe)