Technology | April 30, 2014

FDA Clears Shimadzu Sonialvision G4 Universal R/F Imaging system

Shimadzu Sonialvision G4 Radiographic Fluoroscopy Systems RSNA 2014

April 30, 2014 — Shimadzu Medical Systems USA has announced that the Sonialvision G4 universal digital R/F table system has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Sonialvision G4 expands Shimadzu’s product portfolio with the addition of the highest performance most sophisticated system that has received strong acceptance already in Europe and Asia.

The Sonialvision G4 is designed to perform a wide variety of examinations — angiography, endoscopy, video fluoroscopy for gastrointestinal series and swallowing exams, orthopedic exams and general radiography. It acquires high image quality images rapidly and uses low radiation dose levels. Its new ergonomic design is patient safety- and hygiene-focused, accommodates all sizes of ambulatory and stretcher/wheelchair-confined patients, and offers workflow-efficiency features to help improve technologist productivity.

The system combines a 17- x 17-inch flat panel detector (FPD) with Shimadzu’s next generation digital imaging platform. Its 139 ?m ultra-small pixel pitch and high contrast maximizes the FPD performance. Its easily switchable large-to-small fields-of-view cover a range of imaging from finger tips to the entire chest or abdomen. Also, the wide 202.5-centimeter movement range of the Sonialvision G4 can capture images of the entire body without moving the patient.

Various real-time digital filtering processes effectively suppress halation near skin surfaces and around shadows where organs overlap. Smoother imaging is achieved with no delay or image lags by applying optimal digital filtering and extracting noise components. Used in long spine and limb imaging, Shimadzu’s Slot Beam functionality is available as an advanced application option. With its lower dose profile, Slot Beam is an excellent choice for pediatrics. The Sonialvision G4 is equipped with a wealth of functions to facilitate urological exams. The edge of the imaging range can be positioned as close as 9.5 centimeters from the head end of the table, given a 17-inch field-of-view, making it easy to perform procedures using an optical endoscope. It is also possible to tilt the table without changing an observation position. A specialized collimation function helps reduce dose.

An oblique projection function prevents overlapping organs when performing gastrointestinal examinations. Fluoroscopic images can be saved in digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) format. Patients in wheelchairs can be examined simply by extending the imaging chain, which has a maximum 15 centimeter per second quick movement.

The Sonialvision G4 supports angiography procedures with its wide clean design, and its large field of view enables digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to be used for examinations ranging from the hepatic artery to the entire lower extremities.

Special features for every type of exam the Sonialvision G4 performs help to minimize radiation dose exposure levels to the patient. A table that can support a patient weighing up to 700 lb (318 kg) in the horizontal position for bariatric procedures is seamless for easy cleaning and incorporates safety features to facilitate safe access and egress by patients.

This new generation system design of the G4 also provides productive and comfortable workflow to enhance convenience and operability for the technologists who use it. Its high-speed dual processor can simultaneously resolve images, register patient information, and perform other functions quickly without interfering with the examination being performed. The number of operating steps a technologist needs to perform during an examination is significantly reduced because the X-ray generator, R/F table and digital processor are linked. Shimadzu dealers throughout the United States and in the Caribbean are now accepting orders for the Sonialvision G4.

For more information: www.shimadzu.com 

Related Content

Imalogix Brings Fluoroscopy Capabilities to Radiation Dose Management Platform
Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 06, 2018
Imalogix, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) process and workflow solutions, announced the availability of the...
HeartFlow Announces New Commercial Coverage With UnitedHealthcare
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 03, 2018
HeartFlow Inc. announced that UnitedHealthcare now covers the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, extending access to their 45...
Post-Mortem CT Angiography Illuminates Causes of Death
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | June 25, 2018
Computed tomography (CT) angiography is a useful adjunct to autopsy that is likely to increase the quality of post-...
High Prevalence of Atherosclerosis Found in Lower Risk Patients
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 08, 2018
Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) found a surprisingly high prevalence of atherosclerosis in people...
FAST Study Demonstrates High Diagnostic Accuracy of CAAS vFFR
Technology | Angiography | May 22, 2018
Pie Medical Imaging announced that clinical data on its CAAS vFFR (Cardiovascular Angiographic Analysis Systems for...
360 View of a Cath Lab at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
360 Photos | Angiography | May 03, 2018
A 360 degree view of the newest cath lab at...
360 View of a DRX Excel Plus Radiographic Fluoroscopy Room Installation
360 Photos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | May 03, 2018
This is a 360 photo view of a recent Carestream DRX Excel Plus radiographic fluoroscopy (R/F) room installation at...
Guideline updates and clinical research highlight the need for improved understanding of gender differences by clinicians and patients
Feature | Women's Health | May 03, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis
Clinical research has revealed men and women often have different presentations for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
FDA Clears Agfa's DR 800 Multipurpose Digital Imaging System
Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | April 26, 2018
Agfa HealthCare has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its DR 800 multi-purpose...
GE's OEC Elite CFD

GE's OEC Elite CFD

Feature | Mobile C-Arms | April 18, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis
The market for mobile C-arm techn...
Overlay Init