Toshiba is launching two ultrasound systems in the United States, the Aplio 300 and 500. The Aplio 300 is a pretty standard ultrasound machine that is meant to be a clinical workhorse for all routine ultrasound exams, including radiology, OB/GYN and cardiac. It comes with Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI) that increases uniformity in the near and far fields, especially while scanning at increased depth. It also includes the iStyle+ Productivity Suite which minimizes the amount of keystrokes necessary to perform exams.
The Aplio 500 is the more high-end option of the two, providing more advanced visualization. Highlights are the optional Fly Thru and Smart Fusion features. Fly Thru lets you navigate through a volume data set in a way similar to that known of virtual colonoscopy, to explore cavities, ducts and vessels from the inside and in 3D. Navigation happens automatically after setting a start point anywhere in the volume to begin the autopilot function, but manual control is also possible. Fly Thru can even be performed on previously acquired 3D volume data sets and can be supplemented by the corresponding three orthogonal planes. Flights can be stored as a movie clip for later review or presentation.
Smart Fusion simultaneously shows previously acquired CT images in sync and side-by-side with the ultrasound images on a single screen. It can help in locating hard-to-find lesions and aiding in ultrasound-guided biopsy without additional CT scans. Other standard features on the Aplio 500 include Tissue Specific Optimization (TSO), Precision Imaging, Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI), Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF), ApliPure+ and again the iStyle+ Productivity Suite.