Ultrasound imaging has progressed a lot in the last decade. Images are available at a higher resolution than ever. In fact, ultrasound imaging has gotten so much clearer it sparked the director of the ultrasound business unit of Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tomo Hasegawa, to say “we’re starting to get images that are so clear, people don’t even realize it’s ultrasound.”
Here’s a look at how some ultrasound manufacturers are pushing the technological envelope.
GE Healthcare’s flagship Vivid E95 system is pushing the envelope when it comes to ultrasound technology. Their cSound 2.0 gives a new level of image quality and 4D volume rates. 4D allows you to see the image as you would a video because it’s being constantly updated. Their new 4D TTE solution probe gives an ergonomic workflow and allows for a complete diagnostic with only one probe. This means less stress and time taken by the operator. It also gives the patient added comfort by providing a less “invasive” experience.
Phillips latest Epiq 7 ultrasound system includes their proprietary nSIGHT Imaging architecture. One of the most amazing aspects of nSIGHT Imaging is it’s ultra-wide dynamic range and beam construction which reinforces weak tissue signals. This means you can get high-quality images even with patients whose body types makes traditional ultrasound imaging more difficult. This gives those who are looking at the ultrasound greater diagnostic confidence. A doctor who has more confidence, give a patient more confidence as well.
Not only that, bt this rate it’s not going to be long for ultrasound to become so widely available that practically every doctor’s office will have them.