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Enhanced Ultrasound Platform Used for MSK Imaging

By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 25 Apr 2017
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Image: The Aplio i700, Aplio i800, and Aplio i900 systems (Photo courtesy of Toshiba Medical Systems).
Image: The Aplio i700, Aplio i800, and Aplio i900 systems (Photo courtesy of Toshiba Medical Systems).
A powerful ultrasound platform expands musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging with enhanced resolution and penetration, with innovative tools designed to enhance clinical workflow.

The Toshiba Medical Aplio i-series is a scalable ultrasound solution comprised of the Aplio i700, Aplio i800, and Aplio i900 systems, which include a new beam-forming optimization technology called iBeam that increases ultrasound penetration for shoulder and deep muscle imaging, while maintaining high spatial and contrast resolution, and at the same time reducing artifacts and clutter. Another feature is shear wave technology, which provides a quantitative measure and realtime display of tissue elasticity in a variety of clinical settings.

The premium Aplio i-series also feature Smart Fusion, which is used to merge live ultrasound imaging with pre-acquired magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, thus making it easier to locate anomalies in complex anatomy. For comprehensive evaluation, Smart Fusion can work in multiple imaging modes, including color Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). A concise quad display shows the live ultrasound image in sync with multiple views of the pre-loaded data.

All systems provide an image-guided user interface, which visually guides the clinician through the exam to simplify system operation and help improve efficiency. To make ultrasound exams faster, the systems feature touch control screens and real-time Quick Scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button. The i800 also offers an ultra-high frequency transducer at 24 MHz that makes it easier for clinicians to image superficial MSK structures, and also expand the utility of diagnostic ultrasound in a variety of clinical situations.

“With the Aplio i-series, our customers have access to the high-quality imaging they rely on for confident diagnoses without sacrificing clinical efficiency or patient safety,” said Dan Skyba, director of the ultrasound business unit at Toshiba America Medical Systems. “By combining excellent image quality with brand new controls and ergonomic features in a real-time workflow, the Aplio i-series systems make ultrasound the go-to solution for musculoskeletal imaging, as well as for a wider array of imaging needs.”

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