December 16, 2013 — Ultrasound will be able to depict blood flow with more detail and accuracy using Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s work-in-progress ultrasound capability, which is the latest advancement to Toshiba’s Aplio 500 ultrasound system.
Despite advances in ultrasound, current imaging techniques struggle to detect microvascular blood flow in areas like the liver, kidneys, abdomen and lymph nodes because of limitatxions in conventional Doppler technologies. Toshiba’s technology will help solve this problem and current evaluations have shown promise in its ability to characterize tumors.
Flemming Forsberg, Ph.D., professor of radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, is impressed with his early analysis of the technology.
“The images we’ve produced so far with this technology are stunning,” said Forsberg. “It is able to clearly show low blood flow in small vessels throughout the body. The potential clinical utility for characterizing lesions, cysts and tumors could make ultrasound an even more important tool in diagnoses.”
“This level of vascular visualization combined with high frame rates is something we could not do before in ultrasound,” said Jiro Hata, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Kawasaki Medical School, Japan, and an early evaluator of this technology. “For example, ultrasound can now help with the evaluation of changing blood flow patterns, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.”