|[November 26, 2012]
Siemens Showcases World's First Wireless Ultrasound System at RSNA 2012
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
At the 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual
Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November
25-30 in Chicago, Siemens (News - Alert) Healthcare (Booth #831, East Building/Lakeside
Center at McCormick Place, Hall D) is introducing the ACUSON Freestyle™
ultrasound system that features wireless transducers, eliminating the
impediment of cables in ultrasound imaging. To enable this pioneering
technology, the system brings to the market a large number of
innovations, including acoustics, system architecture, radio design,
miniaturization, and image processing. The ACUSON Freestyle system will
expand ultrasound's use in interventional and therapeutic applications,
where the technology provides numerous workflow and image quality
advantages. The development of wireless ultrasound is in line with the
objectives of the Healthcare Sector's global initiative Agenda 2013 -
specifically in the areas of innovation and accessibility.
Transducer cables have always been a cumbersome necessity in ultrasound
imaging. Not only are they an impediment to fast and ergonomic
examination procedures, but they also present an infection control risk
in sterile interventional settings, even when they are covered in
sterile sheaths. "Siemens Healthcare is the first company to introduce
an ultrasound system that enables physicians to work with cable-free
transducers," says Jeffrey Bundy, CEO of the Siemens Healthcare
Ultrasound business unit. "The ACUSON Freestyle system facilitates the
use of advanced ultrasound technology into clinical fields requiring a
sterile environment, such as interventional radiology, anesthesiology,
critical care, cat lab, or emergency care." Wireless transducers can
also expand ultrasound into new and emerging applications such as
administering nerve blocks, enhancing vascular access, and improving
target localization through ultrasound guidance during therapeutic
interventions and biopsies.
For image acquisition and processing, the ACUSON Freestyle system
employs advanced synthetic aperture imaging technology, an integration
of proprietary hardware and software that was specifically developed for
the wireless signal transmission of full-resolution digital image data
at very high data rates. Focusing on each pixel in the image, this
method produces excellent image quality throughout the field of view.
This design reduces the transducer's power requirements, increasing
battery life. Wireless real-time ultrasound data transmission is further
enabled through the proprietary development of a novel ultra-wideband
radio technology, which, operating at a high frequency of 7.8 Gigahertz,
is not susceptible to interference with other electronic equipment.
Three wireless transducers are available for the ACUSON Freestyle
system, covering a range of general imaging, vascular, and
high-frequency applications such as musculoskeletal and nerve imaging.
The user can operate the transducers up to three meters away from the
system, which includes an ergonomic interface that enables remote
control of scanning parameters from within the sterile field. The ACUSON
Freestyle system has a 38-centimeter, high-resolution LED display. The
system console can be mounted easily on a lightweight cart and also
operates on battery power.
The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all
countries. Due to regulatory reasons the future availability in any
country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the
local Siemens organizations.
Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013
is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare
Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be
implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness,
Regional Footprint, and People Development.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest
suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical
imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and
hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for
the entire range of patient care from a single source - from prevention
and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By
optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also
makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens
Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around
the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted
revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For
further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.
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