Technology | February 25, 2010

Cardiac Ultrasound System Images Whole Heart in One Cycle

The 1.2 release of the ACUSON SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system delivers nonstitched, real-time, full-volume imaging of the heart in one heart cycle. The system allows automatic extraction of reference planes from continuous cardiac volume imaging for measurement, analysis, and interpretation.

New to the ACUSON SC2000 system is the IN Focus coherent imaging technology. Without the need to continuously set and select a given location of best focus, IN Focus technology sharpens the full-field image at all times without sacrificing frame rate.

Siemens offer knowledge-based workflow applications, which are designed to automate measurements for rapid, accurate and reproducible results. syngo Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) technology instantaneously measures motion at any point in the cardiac cycle. syngo Auto Left Heart (Auto LH) technology automatically generates left atrial and left ventricular volumes and ejection fractions rapidly and reliably. syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP) provides physicians with the capability to measure carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT).

The system allows caregivers to provide the benefits of echocardiography for difficult-to-image persons or patients who have difficulty holding their breath.

It offers a number of workflow enhancements, including individually customizable workflow protocols and knowledge-based workflow applications. eSieScan Workflow Protocols streamline exam workflows, both on the user level and in the entire lab, bringing both highest reproducibility and quality standards to the volume imaging workflow. In addition, the system features pharmacologic rapid stress volume stress echo capabilities, which automatically capture all walls of the left ventricle in one single heartbeat, without the need of ECG gating or multiple window acquisition at peak stress.

The ACUSON SC2000 system also features knowledge-based workflow software that uses learned pattern recognition technology and an expert database of real clinical cases to support advanced echocardiography applications. The system recognizes anatomical patterns and landmarks performing automatic measurements to streamline clinical workflow. This includes automatic reference plane extraction from the full-volume cardiac capture dataset, automated full-volume contouring of ejection fraction, and automated measurement of imaging modes.

For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare

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