Ultrasound vendors impress with latest technology

The 2018 annual convention of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) in New York City focused on early prevention and definitive diagnosis for better patient outcomes. The target audience was ultrasound professionals who perform and interpret ultrasound examinations, including researchers, physicians, scientists, physicists, radiologists, sonologists, and sonographers.

Thanks to live and simulated ultrasound labs, clinicians were able to gain valuable information that will help them deliver more accurate scans. Sonographers and healthcare clinicians must be able to customize their ultrasound systems and distinguish tiny irregularities in a patient’s anatomy, then capture this on an ultrasound image for interpretation.

Hands-on learning with latest devices

Ultrasound vendors displayed their new systems, transducers, and other advanced technology for demonstration by the clinician. Attendees were able to experience these advances first-hand under the guidance of experienced clinicians from vendor organizations.

At this year’s conference, compact and handle portable ultrasound devices took center stage.

  • Philips showcased the Lumify portable handle ultrasound system, the first integrated tele-ultrasound platform. It enables the clinician to review patient images remotely, much like using FaceTime on one’s mobile phone.
  • Butterfly IQ showed its iPhone-connected portable ultrasound scanner, which uses an easy-to-manufacture semiconductor chip rather than the piezoelectric crystals used by traditional ultrasounds and is offered at a much lower price point that existing devices.
  • Canon displayed its new Aplio i600 compact portable, which gained FDA clearance in time to be displayed at the conference.

Premium systems attract attention

Several premium systems were showcased at the conference:

  • France-based SuperSonic displayed the new premier Aixplorer system. Its Assisted Needle Navigation feature provides real-time 3D needle localization to precisely guide the user to the target.
  • Samsung unveiled the new RS85A premium general-imaging ultrasound system with Shearwave Imaging and S-Fusion technology.
  • Esaote showcased the new MyLab 9 eXP, a premium system designed to support a full range of shared service diagnostic imaging environments.
  • Mindray displayed new tracking transducer application software for their existing systems—the Sapphire edition for the Resona 7 and Emerald edition for the Z. The Z-tracking technology enables the user to document the transducer used during an ultrasound exam electronically to the patient’s medical chart. The ability to track acquired infections via a device built into the transducer helps ultrasound departments with accreditation compliance.
  • Canon displayed its new Aplio i800 premium system. With its 24 MHz transducer and extended bandwith, the system can be used on a broad range of imaging exams such as neonatal, pediatric, small adults, breast, MKS, and vascular.
  • GE Healthcare presented research on a new cloud-based algorithm that reduces reporting errors and can be deployed on their ultrasound systems with artificial intelligence software applications.

A bright future for ultrasound

The advances in techniques and technology on view at this year’s AIUM conference promise a bright future for those who utilize ultrasound to enhance early detection and accurate diagnosis and for the patients they serve.