At the RSNA 2008 conference this week, ZONARE Medical Systems out of Mountain View, California is showing off its latest ultrasound transducers and image processing software for improved image quality. The company describes its z.one ultrasound system as “smaller, lighter, more maneuverable, and nimbler than any system of equivalent image quality.”
From the press release:
New Transducer Technology
The C4-1 is a small footprint, curved array transducer designed by ZONARE’s acoustic engineers. It offers physicians improved access and imaging performance resulting in improved penetration with sensitive Doppler imaging. All ZONARE customers worldwide have access to this new technology on their current z.one ultrasound platform.
ZONARE is also showing its new L14-5w high resolution, high frequency transducer, which offers broad bandwidth for improved imaging of small parts, breasts and superficial anatomy. Its wide field of view has an aperture of 55mm offering virtual apex capability, and it has 10 frequencies including three fundamental, one tissue harmonic, two compound imaging and two each for color Doppler and PW Doppler modes.
Elastography and 3D Imaging
The z.one ultrasound system will feature new elastography applications that enable qualitative visual assessment of the mechanical stiffness properties of tissue. The high resolution elastography images are generated and visualized using a variety of grayscale and colorized maps and the L10-5 and L14-5w transducers are supported. Clinicians using the new applications report that this technique may provide significant new diagnostic information.
The comprehensive 3D ultrasound imaging capabilities are available for the z.one ultra system with primary applications for obstetrical imaging during the second and third trimester. The new C8-33D curved linear transducer offers mechanical sweep array, 3D fetal surface rendering, 3D Multi Planar rendering and additional diagnostic tools. The new 3D imaging capabilities are also available for general abdominal ultrasound imaging. ZONARE’s 3D ultrasound imaging expands the clinical utility of the z.one ultra system and may reduce exam time, enabling physicians to spend additional time on patient care.
The difficult-to-image patient population makes up a large percentage of patients examined with ultrasound today and includes people who are overweight, elderly, muscular, or who have a thick body wall. Traditionally, a definitive ultrasound diagnosis for this patient group was challenging and often these patients were referred for more expensive testing. ZONARE has engineered new proprietary software for ZONE Sonography technology and, when combined with the company’s new C4-1 transducer, clinicians have a new tool to image their most technically difficult patients with advanced image clarity.
Press release: ZONARE Medical Systems Introduces Advancements for z.one Ultrasound Platform at RSNA …
Product page: z.one Ultrasound Platform …