Poor quality of the heart image on ultrasound often leads to additional tests, which tend to be more difficult on the patients and come with high costs. The Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now the first hospital in the world to use GE‘s new ultrasound software that creates surprisingly detailed animated imagery of the heart’s anatomy and its activity.
Called cSound, the software accepts an unfiltered signal coming from the hardware components, saving it for comprehensive processing. It then works pixel by pixel to recreate the image, utilizing the data that would have otherwise been discarded. The result is a moving, highly accurate representation of the heart, including the motion of valves that often point to disease and poorly placed artificial valves that tend to leak. The technology is also particularly beneficial for overweight patients and those with lung diseases that typically attenuate the ultrasound signal to the point that it comes back lacking in detail.
The cSound technology is now being made available on the company’s Vivid S70, Vivid E90 and Vivid E95 ultrasound systems.
Here are some examples of 4D scans using the new technology:
Source: GE Healthcare