Hitachi provides update on new ultrasound developments in Europe
Hitachi Medical Systems Europe has released details of its latest developments in high-resolution ultrasound imaging which includes the ProSound F75 system. The latter includes capabilities for high-frequency and contrast media examinations and enables the clinician to acquire penetration and detail resolution.
Also available is an updated version of the ProSound Alpha 7, which provides spatial and contrast resolution for early detection of small lesions. Following sound, the time element becomes key with the new function âtransit time of vessel flowâ. Analysis of time events means that the clinician can further discover peripheral vascular stenoses. A further development is the F37, a compact ultrasound platform that incorporates the advanced features of a "high class" platform.
Hitachiâs Real-time Virtual Sonography (HI-RVS) mode integrates data from CT and MR and makes them available in real-time during the ultrasound examination. This add-on feature, available for Hitachiâs Hi Vision Ascendus and Hi Vision Preirus ultrasound platforms, claims to "revolutionise" ultrasound examinations. It supports the maximum amount of information from all imaging modalities on a single ultrasound platform to support reliable diagnoses as well as accurate image-guided interventions. For image fusion, HI-RVS offers a number of technological enhancements such as flexible target and navigation markers, loading of multiple sequences and 3D navigation of the imaging scan plane.
The latest improvements to the Hi Vision Ascendus system include 4D Hitachi Real-time Tissue Elastography (HI-RTE), Hitachi Real-time Virtual Sonography (HI-RVS) and dynamic Contrast Harmonic Imaging (dCHI) support, as well as high-definition imaging capabilities for improved diagnostics. In addition, its latest electronic simultaneous biplane endocavity transducer, the EUP-CC531S, is available with a single probe connector making it compatible across the Hi Vision range, including the Hi Vision Avius. With this transducer, prostate biopsy needles can be guided while referencing both the transverse and longitudinal planes. This provides instant feedback on the precise location of the needle tip and improves efficiency and accuracy.
In addition to the well established open MR scanners, Hitachi is working on the development of the Echelon Oval 1.5T ultra-wide oval bore MR system, a scanner that is equipped with an elliptic bore that horizontally extends to 74 cm. As the human body is wider horizontally across the shoulders than it is vertically through the chest, the CE-mark pending oval bore system provides a special feeling of openness and is perfectly suited for all patients of any size and any weight. Â