Technology | July 08, 2008

New Ultrasound Acquires Nonstitched Images in a Single Heartbeat

Siemens' ACUSON SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system acquires nonstitched, real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart in one single heart cycle. Called “Echo in a Heartbeat,” this new technology generates nonstitched full-volume imaging reportedly of the entire heart with 90 degree pyramids and in just one second.

The ACUSON SC2000 system is strengthened by Siemens’ patented Coherent Volume Formation technology. Coupled with the system's high-volume acquisition rate, Coherent Volume Formation moves away from serial line-by-line acquisition toward simultaneous, multiple beams, reportedly delivering excellent image resolution.

The proprietary 4Z1c transducer features patented active cooling technology, enabling full output power within regulatory limits. This results in improved penetration, reduced noise and high-volume acquisition rates when compared to conventional 3D transducers.

The ACUSON SC2000 system is designed to support advanced cardiovascular applications. The knowledge-based workflow software uses learned pattern recognition technology and an expert database of real clinical cases. This enables the system to recognize anatomical patterns and landmarks, as well as to perform automatic measurements streamlining clinical workflow.

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