3 Ways to Use the Latest Ultrasound Tech for Your Medical Practice


Latest  Ultrasound Tech

Using the latest ultrasound technology for your medical practice can make a big difference in your patient care. Whether you're using a new ultrasound system or a retrofit, the information that it provides can help you treat a patient more efficiently and effectively. Here are three ways to use ultrasound technology to your advantage.



Xuejun Qian's research interests include high-frequency ultrasound elastography


Xuejun Qian, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, is currently working on the development of high-frequency ultrasound elastography. The technology can be used to measure the stiffness of nerves and other soft tissues in a noninvasive manner. This method has already shown some promise in the clinical setting, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

The most obvious application of ultrasound is in the clinical realm, but the technology is also used in research and testing. A number of applications have been identified, from imaging small animals such as mice to imaging the skin of the human body. It has also been shown that high-frequency ultrasound can be used to visualize a number of biomechanical phenomena, including heartbeat, blood vessel walls, and skin.

High-frequency ultrasound is a new and growing field in the world of ultrasound. Using ultrasonic imaging, a number of novel techniques have been developed, including plane wave imaging and micro-elastography. High-resolution contrast-enhanced ultrasound is a particularly promising technique because it can be used to visualize anatomy at the cellular level. It also has the advantages of being non-invasive and it has many clinical applications. In particular, it can be used to image blood vessel walls and skin, two of the body's most important organs. It is also a promising technique for ophthalmologic imaging.

The aforementioned shear-wave-elastography technology is a novel method for measuring Young's modulus, a measure of tissue stiffness, and other measurable properties in real-time. This technique is the most promising of the ultrasound elastography offerings because it can produce quantitative measurements without the need for surgical or non-invasive techniques.

Dr. Zhou's research focuses on piezoelectric high-frequency ultrasonic transducers/arrays for biomedical ultrasound


Several researchers have devoted their efforts to ultrasound transducer research. A systematic review of these studies summarizes the advances in transducer technology. The topics discussed in this review include fabrication techniques, materials strategies, and transducer performance.

Various piezoelectric materials are used in medical ultrasonic transducers. These materials include polyvinylidene (PVDF), PYbN-PT, and PMN-PT single crystals. For these materials, a single crystal can achieve a Curie temperature of 360 deg C. However, the thermal stability of these materials may be limited. In addition, the insertion loss of PMN-PT transducers is as high as -8 dB.

Another material that has sparked attention for sensor development is piezoelectric films. These films have been used in high-frequency ultrasonic transducers. They exhibit excellent piezoelectric properties. Moreover, thin film high-density capacitors are also used as tunable capacitors. Using these capacitors, the transducer bandwidth can be tuned to accommodate various applications.

High frequency ultrasonic linear arrays have been challenging to fabricate for more than a decade. However, advances in micro-machining technology are expected to help solve this problem. In addition, the development of advanced imaging algorithms has been combined with high performance transducers.

Anisotropic 1-3 piezoelectric composites have been developed for enhanced longitudinal vibrations and suppressed cross-talk among transducers. In addition, PZT thick film has been investigated as a possible ultrasonic transducer material. This material exhibits good piezoelectric properties and excellent dielectric properties. Moreover, it can be fabricated into a stretchable ultrasound probe. These probes have the comparable spatial resolution to rigid probes. Moreover, the transducer array can be stretched at different depths and focused at different locations.

In addition, a multi-layered electrode design is also developed to increase device integration. Five serpentine electrodes are built in the device. Each electrode is built on top of a common ground electrode. The interconnects are constructed by using a transfer printing technique. The electrodes are insulated by using thin films of silicone elastomer.

Dr. Tchelepi's research focuses on photoacoustic imaging


Optical imaging plays a key role in both clinical and preclinical imaging. Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is a form of acoustic imaging that capitalizes on the photoacoustic effect, which is the phenomenon of sound waves emitted from light absorbed by a sample. This effect causes the sample to heat up at a microscopic level and is the basis of an exciting new imaging modality.

The RC-PACT system is a confocal photoacoustic computed tomography system. This system uses a multi-element transducer array to generate high-resolution images. These images can be acquired non-invasively, at specific locations in the body. In addition, this imaging method can be used to detect and monitor exogenous contrast agents.

This technology is also being used for the non-invasive detection of breast cancer and inflammation. The technology is also being used to help diagnose and treat various skin lesions. This is a great advancement because it can provide striking anatomical detail and functional details, without the need for invasive surgery.

A recent study by Ivana Ivankovic and colleagues at the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging in Munich, Germany, demonstrated the capability to visualize human carotid arteries in a handheld multispectral optoacoustic tomography system. This is a major advancement in PAT, which is expected to become a mainstream imaging modality.

The technology has also been applied to photoacoustic endoscopy, which uses an ultrasonic transducer to generate acoustic pulses. This method can be configured in an acoustic-resolution mode or an optical-resolution mode. This method can be used to visualize a number of different tissues in the body, including the spleen, liver, and spinal cord. This imaging method can be used to visualize endogenous chromophores, as well as to detect and monitor exogenous contrast agents.

Touch-enabled ultrasound systems


Using a touch-enabled ultrasound system, an operator can adjust one or more functions without the need for a keyboard. This system is particularly useful in environments where an operator is required to work with a patient bedside or in emergency departments.

An ultrasound system 100 may include a transmitter 102, a receiver 108, a display device 118, and a processor module 116. The transmitter 102 drives an array of elements 104 in a transducer 106. The array of elements 104 can be piezoelectric crystals, membrane switches, capacitive sensors, and infrared detectors.

The processor module 116 may prepare frames of ultrasound information for display on the display device 118. This data may be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or both. The system may also contain a memory 120 for storing three-dimensional ultrasound data. The processor module 116 may also perform processing operations on ultrasound information based on selectable ultrasound modalities.

The processor module 116 may also adjust the image displayed on the display device 118. This may be accomplished by using a user-selectable element 320. The user selectable element 320 may be associated with various imaging functions, including an image adjustment. For example, the image adjustment may be associated with a function that allows the operator to measure a selected point in an ultrasound image 302.

The user selectable element 320 may be configured to display an image adjustment that is applicable to a plurality of settings, operations, and functions. For example, the image adjustment may be configured to increase or decrease the baseline level. The baseline level is the minimum signal level of the received ultrasound beams displayed on ultrasound image 302.

In addition to the touch-sensitive portion of the display device 118, the operator may also use the keyboard of the system to adjust one or more functions. The keyboard may be part of the user interface 122, or it may be a virtual keyboard displayed on the display device 118.

Philips' AIUS suite technology


During the American Society of Echocardiography annual meeting in Boston, Philips introduced its new Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound (AIUS) tool. This technology takes variability out of cardiac ultrasound measurements. It enables a faster measurement process and accurate data that informs better delivery of care. Philips' AIUS tool will be available in the US later this month on Philips' EPIQ 7 ultrasound system.

Philips' new AIUS tool features an adaptive system technology that automatically adapts to variations in the anatomy of the patient. It also provides a rich digital database of anatomical structural models. It automatically recreates the most optimal diagnostic views. This tool offers three to six times faster measurement than traditional manual methods. It will be available on EPIQ 7 ultrasound system in the US by August.

Philips will also showcase a range of precision-guided technologies in the interventional lab. Philips' CVx portfolio features AutoStrain Right Ventrilogy and AutoStrain Left Atrium. It also features Auto Measure AI and AlluraClarity Clinically Proven. These solutions provide equivalent image quality at low X-ray dose levels. They have 18 peer-reviewed studies with 3,840 patients.

Philips also introduced the new HeartModel A.I. This tool helps improve diagnostic confidence by providing automated 3-D views. It also offers advanced quantification to guide therapy and enables reproducibility. It can calculate 3D models of the left atrium and ventricle. It takes variability out of cardiac ultrasound measurements, enabling accurate data to inform better delivery of care.

Philips is a world leader in diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy. It has sales in over 100 countries and employs 78,000 people. Its consumer health programs empower consumers to live healthier lives. Philips' innovative products and services help to foster first-time-right diagnosis and treatment.

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