News | March 06, 2012

U-Systems Showcases Automated Breast Ultrasound System at NCBC

March 6, 2012 — U-Systems announced the showcase of somo•v Platinum, an update to the somo•v automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system, at the 2012 National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). The somo•v ABUS is the first and only ultrasound system designed specifically for high-volume breast screening. Featuring proprietary imaging performance and screening workflow advances, the somo•v ABUS Platinum has been specifically designed to streamline exam efficiency while improving image quality and clinical confidence.

Imaging Performance and Patient Comfort

The Platinum system features U-Systems’ class of transducer technology designed to deliver imaging performance and patient comfort. The ergonomic Reverse Curve Technology conforms to the anatomic curve of women’s breasts for improved comfort and imaging performance. The Reverse Curve Technology uses convergent scan line geometry, enabling ultrasound beams, or sound waves, to penetrate the skin perpendicularly, improving penetration and sharpening focus at depth. Additionally, the Reverse Curve Technology creates a uniform compression across the entire breast, enhancing image equality. Greater image overlap ensures wide field-of-view imaging, increasing confidence of viewing the entire breast.

Reverse Curve Technology also incorporates the Soft Touch Floating Compression Membrane. Designed specifically for use with the somo•v ABUS, the Soft Touch Membrane provides the highest exam quality with a greater level of patient comfort and was developed to adapt to a woman’s unique anatomy, evenly distributing pressure across the breast for a quick, comfortable exam. The anatomic shape will also expedite patient positioning, improving workflow.

Dedicated Breast Screening Workflow

Based on more than 16,000 ABUS studies, Abella Workflow is a proprietary clinical workflow method for the quick, accurate review of automated breast ultrasound exams. Designed specifically for the high-throughput breast screening environment, Abella Workflow presents optimized ABUS 3-D breast image volumes quickly, and with optimal hanging protocols aimed at improving exam efficiency and clinical confidence.

Abella Workflow applies advanced image processing algorithms that reduce background noise, improve contrast and sharpen detail resolution.

Abella also features enhanced viewing protocols validated by some of the nation’s leading breast imaging experts. Abella viewing protocols offer the industry’s most advanced approach to reviewing Automated Breast Ultrasound exams. Clinical experience with Abella Workflow demonstrates that trained clinicians can consistently and accurately review ABUS exams in three minutes or less with a high degree of clinical confidence.

“Featuring improved image acquisition and workflow technologies developed from our clinical experience with more than 16,000 ABUS exams, the somo•v Platinum system now provides the clinical confidence and high efficiency required for busy breast imaging centers,” said Ron Ho, U-Systems president and CEO. “The Platinum updates and Abella Workflow represent advancements for the somo•v, which is the first and only Automated Breast Ultrasound System designed specifically for breast screening.”

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