Image: The SonImage MX1 portable ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Konica Minolta).
An innovative compact diagnostic ultrasound system produces and high-resolution images during point of care (POC) testing and treatment.
The Konica Minolta (Osaka, Japan) SonImage MX1 portable ultrasound system uses Dual Sonic technology to control ultrasonic noise and enhance transmission efficiency, delivering clear delineation of structures just hundreds of microns in diameter. The system has been optimized for musculoskeletal (MSK) and orthopedic use, and for interventional guidance. The intuitive touch screen interface allows instinctive operation and simplified workflow, enabling users to customize the layout of the large buttons and design the touch panel to suit respective workflows.
Features include an intuitive touch screen with focused POC exams, and a five-button console to further improve clinical workflow and ease-of-use. One-touch image optimization, with multiple imaging parameters, such as frequency, focus, and compounding, allows values to be recalculated automatically just by adjusting scanning depth. By using customized settings, exceptional image quality and resolution can be maintained reliably and repeatedly, enabling physicians to make a confident diagnosis, provide therapeutic needle guidance, and monitor rehabilitation.
A high-mobility pole cart and a desktop stand are available to enhance usability in a hospital, with other optional products designed for greater portability including a three-way carrier bag that can be used also as a backpack and shoulder bag, a hard suitcase trolley for airplane travel, and a display cover to protect the unit. Built-in batteries and optional extended batteries provide run times of one hour and up to two hours respectively. In addition, a three-port connector enables the use of three different probes, providing a wide range of diagnosis and treatment approaches without switching probes.
“From the one-touch image optimization and extreme portability, to the simple needle visualization software, the MX1 System enables clinicians to do more with ultrasound anytime and anywhere,” said Joan Toth, senior product marketing manager at Konica Minolta Healthcare. “In a competitive outpatient marketplace, the MSK practitioner can rely on the immediacy of information with the SonImage MX1 to make confidant decisions that enhance patient care and satisfaction.”