Please meet iU22 xMATRIX, a new spiffed up ultrasound system from Philips designed to deliver “improved textural pattern recognition, superb discrimination of micro-structures near, mid and far, and outstanding image resolution.” So, what’s inside the device, you might ask? To start with, the system is designed to work in tandem with the company’s newest X6-1 PureWave xMATRIX transducer. X6-1 features 9,212 active elements, which is 35 times more elements than today’s conventional transducers, according to Philips. Then there is more, thanks to a new generation of electronics and software:
The iU22 xMATRIX makes it easy to add 3D imaging to any exam by removing the barriers to volume imaging. And a host of workflow enhancers facilitate faster exams, enabling image optimization with just the touch of a button.
The new X6-1 PureWave xMATRIX transducer delivers outstanding 2D images, and then, with the touch of a button, converts to 3D to provide a more complete picture of anatomy without workflow disruption. The X6-1 gives you the power to capture a volume in just one second that equals the quality of your 2D images. The ultra-thin, targeted beam provides extraordinary tissue uniformity while decreasing noise surrounding the region of interest, resulting in fewer artifacts when compared to conventional beams.
The X6-1 PureWave xMATRIX transducer features xPlane, which allows imaging in two planes simultaneously, without manually rotating the transducer. Because you no longer have to rotate the transducer to see the second plane, you don’t risk losing a tiny object during manual rotation. Clinical trials have show that xPlane speeds workflow, improves imaging precision, and has the potential to minimize repetitive stress injuries.
For the first time ever, you can send 3D MPRs to any PACS system, making volume images available wherever they are needed for decision-making, review and storage. Once the volume data is acquired, the iU22 will capture the X, Y, and Z MPR cineloops at the push of a button and then send them to your PACS.
Gain a better perspective of needle location during biopsies and ablations
The iU22 xMATRIX provides integrated image fusion and instrument navigation capabilities with PercuNav. The PercuNav system acts like a GPS for medical instruments when guiding soft tissue biopsy and ablation procedures. The combined iU22/PercuNav solution transforms two dimensional patient images into dynamic, fused imaging maps that combine CT or MR imaging with live ultrasound.
Enhancements in breast imaging
The iU22 xMATRIX’s strain-based breast elastography feature provides a highly sensitive exam tool for detecting breast anomalies. The Advanced Breast Tissue Specific Imaging (TSI) preset on the L12-5 transducer, helps users distinguish between cystic and solid masses in the breast.
Tissue aberration correction on breast transducers compensates for speed of sound variations, improving detail resolution and conspicuity of breast lesions. With the push of a button you can achieve optimum diagnostic performance across the spectrum of breast architecture types.
Product pages: X6-1 xMATRIX array with PureWave crystal technology …; iU22 xMATRIX Ultrasound System…
Podcasts and videos of the system…
Press release: Philips Introduces New iU22 Xmatrix Ultrasound System with Powerful Transducer for High Resolution Imaging …