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Siemens unveils new S Class ultrasound workflow solution

Siemens Healthcare Deutschland : 27 November, 2007  (New Product)
Siemens Medical Solutions has unveiled the Acuson S2000 ultrasound platform, which is the first system in Siemens' new S Class of ultrasound products.
The platform will have capabilities for paradigm-shifting applications such as Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse (ARFI) imaging and is prepared to integrate Silicon Ultrasound technology.

'We see ARFI and Silicon Ultrasound as the biggest changes in the industry since Doppler imaging became clinically useful,' said Klaus Hambuchen, president, Siemens Medical Solutions, Ultrasound Division. 'The Acuson S2000 system represents the pinnacle of innovative technology, workflow-enhancing clinical applications and state-of-the-art ergonomic design. It is our new premier general imaging platform that will change the way Ultrasound is viewed today.'

Siemens will also showcase its X Class solutions, which include the Acuson X150 and Acuson X300 Ultrasound systems, as well as the P Class of portable solutions with the handheld Acuson P10 and the laptop-based Acuson P50 system.

Covering the entire continuum of care from screening to diagnosis to therapy and follow-up, the new Acuson S2000 Ultrasound system will feature applications across general imaging, including obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN), as well as vascular and cardiac imaging.

The Acuson S2000 is Siemens' new platform for some of the most innovative Ultrasound applications, including ARFI, which uses acoustic energy to displace tissue for a qualitative and quantitative assessment of deep tissue stiffness. Current research suggests that this type of assessment may be useful for differentiation in abnormalities such as liver tumours or the quantification of fibrosis progression.

The Acuson S2000 system is also capable of integrating Siemens' groundbreaking Silicon Ultrasound technology, which introduces the first entirely new class of Ultrasound transducers in 40 years. Silicon Ultrasound technology uses the precise semiconductor processing techniques of the computer chip industry to create a family of probes that will enable volumetric 4D imaging in a wide range of applications. With Silicon Ultrasound, clinicians will get true isotropic 3D images enabling them to see the same fine level of detail in each direction that they choose to examine the imaging data.

Additionally, Siemens is preparing the Acuson S2000 system for Automated Breast Scanning (ABS), a technique that provides automated, reproducible 3D Ultrasound volumes of the breast. ABS is an important tool in the screening, diagnosis and follow-up care of breast cancer supplementing mammography, especially in women with dense breast tissue. ABS reduces acquisition variability and cycle time when compared to manual breast ultrasound, making it more reproducible and consistent for interpreting physicians.

The Acuson S2000 Ultrasound system improves clinical confidence with a number of intelligent applications. For instance, Advanced SieClear spatial compounding uses electronic beam steering to rapidly acquire overlapping images from different view angles. The technique enhances anatomic border definition and improves overall tissue contrast.

In combination with Dynamic TCE tissue contrast enhancement, it further reduces speckle/noise and enhances borders. Dynamic TCE can improve subtle tissue differentiation especially for patients who are technically difficult to image. The Acuson S2000 system will be the first to deliver 3D TCE with speckle reduction allowing for stellar 3D images.

Users also benefit from access to advanced HD (high density) transducer technology using extremely fine pitch to double the transducer elements yielding superior lateral and contrast resolution. Siemens Hanafy lens transducer technology and Multi-D array technology also improve slice thickness and image uniformity with a high degree of reliability and an improved signal-to-noise ratio for high-frequency imaging.

Siemens will also deliver knowledge-based workflow applications that improve the efficiency of Ultrasound exams. For instance, with syngo Auto OB, users can generate semi-automatic biometric foetal measurements. syngo Auto OB saves up to 75 percent of the keystrokes in routine foetal exams.

The Acuson S2000 system also takes advantage of Advanced fourSight technology which has enhanced functionality for volumetric acquisition, data rendering and post-processing. The software also includes Amnioscopic Rendering, which provides a surface-rendering technique for realistic and detailed views of the foetus.

Additional Foetal Heart STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation) imaging captures data over multiple heart cycles and creates a 3D foetal heart volume that allows sonographers to view the heart in multiple planes.

syngo eSie Calcs introduces border detection technology which segments an area of interest and provides automatic calculations. By simply defining a boundary box, the application traces lesions and automatically calculates the volume in 3D or the area in 2D.

Besides using the latest technology advancements and applications to improve efficiency and workflow, Siemens has also addressed the ergonomic design of the Acuson S2000 system.

The system features a simple, intuitive user interface with an adaptable design and user-customisable controls preventing repetitive motion injuries experienced by many clinicians today. The system also sports motor-memory learning features in a small, lightweight package. The adjustable system keyboard and 19-inch flat-panel monitor accommodate users of various heights and various scanning positions.

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