Friday, August 29, 2008

Catheter Procedures Guided By Tiny 3-D Ultrasound Probe

An ultrasound probe small enough to ride along at the tip of a catheter can provide physicians with clearer real-time images of soft tissue without the risks associated with conventional x-ray catheter guidance.

Duke University biomedical engineers designed and fabricated the novel ultrasound probe which is powerful enough to provide detailed, 3-D images. The new device works like an insect's compound eye, blending images from 108 miniature transducers working together.

source: Medical News Today

Friday, August 22, 2008

SonoSite Expands Clinical Capabilities on S Series Products

Transducers Added to S-FAST, S-ICU, S-MSK, S-Nerve and S-Cath Ultrasound Tools

BOTHELL, Wash., Aug 21, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SonoSite, Inc. (SONO:
sonosite inc com, the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, announced today that it has begun customer shipments of its first major expansion of capabilities for the S Series(TM) ultrasound tools. The upgrade adds four transducers covering a wide range of clinical applications to the S Series product line and enables playback of the revolutionary SonoSite Education Key(TM) program training modules. It is available for purchase to existing customers and can be easily downloaded from a USB thumb drive.

Recently, the S Series was recognized with its second, coveted design award, an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), from an annual, juried competition co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and BusinessWeek, that highlights the most innovative and exciting product and product concept designs of the year.

source: SonoSite

Friday, August 8, 2008

Philips New Handheld Ultrasound System Offers Premium Image Quality In A Portable System

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) announced the launch of its advanced handheld ultrasound system, the Philips CX50 CompactXtreme. Designed to meet the needs of cardiologists for clear diagnostic data at the bedside, the new compact system combines the image quality expected of a traditional, premium, full-size system with the convenience of portability.

"Following extensive research into clinicians' needs, we've designed a laptop-sized system that can help them get to patients quickly-no matter where they are in the hospital or clinic-and which can produce high quality images regardless of the difficulty of the situation at hand," said Anne LeGrand, senior vice president and general manager, Ultrasound, for Philips Healthcare.

source: Philips

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

GE Healthcare Committed To Sports Medicine, Supports The Medical Team Of The Spanish Olympic Committee With Its Leading Compact Ultrasound System

GE Healthcare, the US$17 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company (GE), announces broadening the use of its LOGIQ e, a leading compact ultrasound system to the medical team of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE).

This system will be used prior, during and after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, on all elite Spanish athletes. GE Healthcare's LOGIQ e, will now offer the COE a more proactive approach to elite athlete injury care management, bringing earlier diagnosis to the point of care.

source: Medical News Today