Thursday, February 28, 2013

Signostics Reveals New Ultrasound Device

Physicians now have access to an even faster and more accurate handheld ultrasound device, with Signostics today unveiling its new “Signos RT” model.

The Signos RT is Signostics’ second generation portable handheld ultrasound device and builds on the cutting-edge technology of the original Signos device by giving users the critical ability to view ultrasound images in real time.

Signostics anticipates the Signos RT will attract widespread interest from medical practitioners, healthcare professionals and veterinarians globally. The product is already available for sale in Australia and Europe, with USA availability for the human market pending 510(k) clearance.

Signostics Chairman Raymond Spencer says development of the Signos RT was made possible by a $1.9 million Early State Commercialisation grant from Commercialisation Australia (awarded in August 2011), which has helped position the company to capture a larger slice of the growing personal ultrasound market currently estimated to be worth around $3 billion globally.

source: Signostics

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ultrasound Reveals Autism Risk at Birth, Study Finds

Low-birth-weight babies with a particular brain abnormality are at greater risk for autism, according to a new study that could provide doctors a signpost for early detection of the still poorly understood disorder.

Led by Michigan State University, the study found that low-birth-weight newborns were seven times more likely to be diagnosed with autism later in life if an ultrasound taken just after birth showed they had enlarged ventricles, cavities in the brain that store spinal fluid. The results appear in the Journal of Pediatrics.

source: Science Daily (release)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

VentriPoint Announces 3D Ultrasound Heart Analysis System and Prepares for Clinical Release

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, Feb 21, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- VentriPoint Diagnostics CA:VPT +10.00% (otcqx:VPTDF) is pleased to announce the completion of a software package for 3D Echocardiography (3DE) - the newest addition to the software capabilities of its knowledge-based-reconstruction (KBR) family of VMS(TM) heart analysis systems. The VMS-3DE(TM) product works with all existing KBR databases and so can be applied to Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries (d-TGA), Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) and most right ventricles (NRV) without congenital heart disease or PAH including normal hearts.

"The VMS-3DE(TM) heart analysis system addresses a direct need in the ultrasound community by providing fast and accurate analyses of 3D acquired images of the right ventricle, which, up until now, has presented a significant challenge," stated Dr. George Adams, CEO of VentriPoint. "3D echocardiographic imaging has continued to improve and for more and more patients (usually children) clinically-useful images can now be obtained. But there has been a void in available tools to accurately analyze the right ventricle. Our new product fills this void and positions Ventripoint as a leader in this emerging segment of the market".

Initial clinical evaluation of the VMS-3DE(TM) product was performed at the Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany.

source: Marketwire

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Primal Pictures Launches 3D Anatomy for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Upper and Lower Limb

Primal Pictures has launched 3D Anatomy for MSK Ultrasound: Upper and Lower Limb, an online and DVD tool that helps medical practitioners interpret musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound images. Faculty in ultrasound and radiology technology programs also use the MSK Ultrasound series educate students on the use and interpretation of MSK ultrasounds. It is the latest learning tool from the publishers of the most complete and medically accurate 3D model of human anatomy.

Medical practitioners are increasingly using ultrasound imaging to help diagnose musculoskeletal problems. 3D Anatomy for MSK Ultrasound: Upper and Lower Limb allows physicians to compare scans with 3D cross sectional anatomy images of the all parts of the upper and lower limb. The images are supported by extensive clinical content on common conditions and treatment options.

"Marrying Primal’s 3D anatomy model with commonly performed MSK sonographic views is a great help to those in training, and also serves as a valuable reference for more experienced MSK sonographers."

source: PR Web

Friday, February 15, 2013

Aixplorer®, with its UltraFast™ Platform, Raises The Bar In Pediatric Imaging

Dr. Franchi-Abella, a recognized leader in pediatric liver imaging, (BicĂȘtre Hospital, Paris, France) shared her very positive impression of the Aixplorer® ultrasound system for pediatric imaging.

AIX EN PROVENCE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dr. Franchi-Abella presented her pediatric liver scanning experience with the Aixplorer at a meeting during the Radiological Society of North America in November 2012.

At the BicĂȘtre Hospital, the leading French center for liver transplantation in children, Aixplorer’s real-time ShearWave Elastography imaging is used to non-invasively assess liver stiffness. These results are then compared and confirmed with fibrosis staging obtained from biopsy.

In her presentation, Dr. Franchi-Abella underlined the importance of ShearWave Elastography to help physicians in the characterization of the early stages of fibrosis with children. These early stages are often very difficult to detect. She also highlighted the benefits of Aixplorer to monitor evolving liver injuries, including cases of biliary atresia.

“Our experience with the detection and assessment of liver fibrosis for children with ShearWave Elastography is encouraging,” said Dr. Franchi-Abella. “This advanced technology could help to optimize the indications for a biopsy and to monitor spontaneous disease or treatment.”

source: Business Wire

Friday, February 8, 2013

Oregon Institute of Technology Installs 16 Toshiba Ultrasound Systems

To train students with the most advanced ultrasound technology available, Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) installed 16 Aplio(TM) 300 ultrasound systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Oregon Tech will use the Aplio 300s to teach students in three medical imaging undergraduate programs.

"Oregon Tech offers a robust curriculum with more than 150 students imaging daily, so we needed reliable ultrasound equipment with no downtime and a partner offering exceptional service support," said LeAnn Maupin, professor of vascular technology and chair of medical imaging technology, Oregon Tech. "Toshiba's Aplio 300 gives Oregon Tech a competitive edge by offering students the most advanced technology with high quality images. The systems are ideal for an educational setting because they're easy to use with the ability to customize protocols for a variety of curriculums."

In addition, Oregon Tech utilizes other Toshiba ultrasound systems, including three Xario(TM) XGs, one Aplio Artida(TM) and five Aplio XGs.

source: Oregon Institute of Technology