Philips has received FDA clearance for its S4-1 cardiac transducer for the Lumify smart-device based ultrasound system. The S4-1 is the third transducer available for the Lumify system and the first to offer cardiac imaging capabilities, in addition to abdominal imaging including lung, OB/GYN, and FAST exam pre-sets. It connects to standard smartphones and tablets and uses cloud-enabled technology to connect with PACS and other network resources.
The S4-1 is a broadband sector array transducer that has a 4 to 1 MHz extended operating frequency range. Supported imaging modes are 2D, color Doppler, M-mode, advanced XRES and multivariate harmonic imaging. The S4-1 transducer and its replaceable cable together weigh 152 grams and the transducer connects through micro-USB.
In addition to introducing a new transducer, Philips is also expanding purchasing options for the system. Previously, the Lumify system was only available through a subscription pricing model, but now Philips is also making it available as a one-time purchase transaction. As before, the system is only compatible with Android devices, and this is not likely to change soon as Philips indicates that Apple iOS devices do not provide enough power from the Lightning port to operate Lumify. The Lumify system will be showcased at the upcoming RSNA at the end of November.
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