Technology | August 04, 2008

Philips’ New Hand-Carried Ultrasound Brings Cardiac Imaging to the Bedside

Philips Healthcare has developed a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound with reportedly advanced imagine quality. The CX50 CompactXtreme hand-carried ultrasound system is set to commercially release in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to Philips.

Primarily designed for echocardiography, the CX50 was made with many of the same features from Philips’ iE33 echocardiography system, providing clinicians a portable ultrasound that can be used for diagnosis, according to Philips.

The company said the system features the PureWave transducer, which produces greater bandwidth and efficiency, yielding better imaging performance. This technology is designed to achieve greater penetration in patients who are traditionally difficult to image, such as obese patients or patients with emphysema. The system also features XRES adaptive imaging that reportedly reduces noise and artifact, producing greater clarity, according to the company.

The laptop-sized CX50 is approximately 14 inches by 14 inches by 2.5 inches and weighs 13 pounds. It features a handle for carrying, and also comes with a cart for mobility and a travel case.

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