|[February 13, 2013]
Aixplorer®, with its UltraFast™ Platform, Raises The Bar In 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 Bicêtre 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
"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
Aixplorer: an ultrasound system that can provide superior image
quality for routine daily use is combined with UltraFast™ technology to
expand the frontiers of diagnostic imaging.
Conventional pediatric ultrasound exams are challenging to perform due
to small structures that are inherently difficult to image, patient
movement, and the inability for young children to perform apnea.
Aixplorer, with its UltraFast acquisition ability and its range of
probes, overcomes these technical constraints.
Dr. Franchi-Abella cites a particularly challenging case, which
illustrates the performance of the Aixplorer in pediatric exams. "My
patient was a 12 year old girl with appendicular syndrome, a condition
which is difficult to diagnose. The images we acquired with a
conventional ultrasound system showed a thickened appendix. This
information was not adequate to make a diagnosis. We then scanned the
patient with the Aixplorer, where we experienced crystal clear abdominal
images that provided a detailed analysis of the wall. We could determine
that the thickening was limited to the mucosa related hyperplasia of
lymphoid follicles. As a result, the patient was able to avoid an
unnecessary operation and was instead treated with medication."
UltraFast™ Doppler Overcomes Pediatric Constraints By Combining Color
Doppler and Pulsed Wave Doppler into One Mode
Dr. Franchi-Abella also stressed the very fast acquisition speed of
UltraFast Doppler, which combines Color Doppler and Pulsed Wave Doppler.
This tool is particularly suited to pediatrics; data acquisition is
completed in a few seconds and the analysis can be performed
retrospectively without requiring the patient to be present. UltraFast
Doppler provides high flow sensitivity that is very important for
vascular characterization in small vessels, an essential requirement in
Dr. Franchi-Abella concluded her presentation with, "We are very pleased
to have the Aixplorer system in our pediatric department, it is an easy
system to use, it renders clinically valuable images and it helps to
increase our diagnostic confidence."
About SuperSonic Imagine (www.supersonicimagine.com)
Founded in 2005 and based in Aix-en-Provence (France), SuperSonic
Imagine is an innovative, international company specializing in
ultrasound medical imaging. The company designs, develops, and markets a
revolutionary ultrasound system, Aixplorer®, with a unique ultrasound
imaging technology, called MultiWave™ Technology. This technology allows
Aixplorer® to be the only ultrasound system that images two types of
waves to better characterize tissue; an ultrasound wave to ensure
impeccable image quality and a shear wave, ShearWave™ Elastography, to
compute and display true tissue stiffness in real time by acquiring
images nearly 200 times faster than conventional systems.
In 2009, SuperSonic Imagine was granted 510(k) clearance by the Food and
Drug Administration in the United States and CE mark in Europe for the
marketing of Aixplorer®.
Distribution agreements have been signed with prestigious companies such
as Hologic (Nasdaq: HOLX) for the breast market in the U.S.A. and Canon (News - Alert)
(NYSE: CAJ) for Japan. SuperSonic Imagine's distribution network has now
more than 35 partners worldwide.
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