New ultrasound system can reduce vascular examination times by up to 20%

Philips' EPIQ Elite premium ultrasound system uses latest 3D and 4D imaging technology

Royal Philips has announced the launch of the EPIQ Elite ultrasound system, combining the latest advances in transducer innovation and enhanced performance to improve clinical confidence and the patient experience.

Tailored to the needs of specific medical specialties, the EPIQ Elite offers two new versions; one including Philips’ first dedicated solution for the diagnosis vascular assessment,; and the other with dedicated obstetrics and gynaecology tools, for extra-ordinary image quality and lifelike 3D scans to provide advanced fetal assessment during all stages of pregnancy. /p>

“Our new portfolio of dedicated systems and solutions based on the EPIQ Elite combines new display technology, innovative transducers, advanced software and enhanced processing power,” said Jeff Cohen, general imaging ultrasound business leader at Philips.

“With one in four stroke cases caused by vascular disease of the carotid artery globally, vascular health is a growing concern worldwide.

“Ultrasound is the ideal imaging technology to help clinicians make a confident diagnosis, which is why today we’re announcing our first dedicated solution for vascular assessment.”

“Ultrasound is recognised as an evolving and increasingly-sophisticated and robust diagnostic tool across NHS diagnostic and emergency care services,” adds Jon Weait, business marketing manager for ultrasound at Philips.

“With our aging population living longer, and with health conditions that place increasing demands on services and staff; ultrasound solutions dedicated to vascular care can now provide cost-efficient ways to support clinicians in best managing their patients with fast, accurate and information-rich diagnostic images.”

The Philips Ultimate Ultrasound Solution for Vascular Assessment provides superb insight into the progression of vascular disease.

It combines 3D and 4D imaging, a breakthrough simplified workflow and complementary clinical tools to effectively assess, monitor and treat vascular disease.

“With our aging population living longer, and with health conditions that place increasing demands on services and staff; ultrasound solutions dedicated to vascular care can now provide cost-efficient ways to support clinicians in best managing their patients with fast, accurate and information-rich diagnostic images

Its xMATRIX transducer can produce extraordinary 3D vascular images, allowing clinicians to easily see directly into a vessel to evaluate plaque spatial location and composition, as well as view 3D flow data to quickly assess stenotic conditions.

With live ‘xPlane’ imaging – proprietary to Philips – clinicians can acquire two planes simultaneously to improve accuracy of data collection, and reduce exam time by 20%, while icon-driven visual workflow makes 3D imaging easier, reducing the steps that the clinician needs to take from 10 to one.

In addition, by bringing 3D and 4D visualisation to vascular ultrasound for the first time; the solution provides an ideal communication tool to facilitate clinical decisions and enhance patient consultation.

“Not much has changed in vascular ultrasound until this release of the ultimate ultrasound solution for vascular assessment,” said Muhammad Hasan, manager of the departments of echocardiography and non-invasive vascular testing at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Hospital of Miami.

“The combination of a new transducer and advances in software makes the assessment and diagnosis of vascular conditions through easy to interpret images.

“There is now a case to be made for ultrasound solutions to be used as a potential alternative to other imaging modalities in the current standard of care.”

There is now a case to be made for ultrasound solutions to be used as a potential alternative to other imaging modalities in the current standard of care

Improving the early detection of birth defects and potential complications can enhance decision-making and treatment options, supporting improved outcomes for at-risk newborns and their mothers.

The EPIQ Elite for Obstetrics combines with innovative transducers and software to offer an integrated solution that enhances foetal assessment and meets the specific needs of obstetrics patients during the early stages of pregnancy.

The ergonomic, lightweight, V9-2 transducer is the first high-frequency PureWave transducer focused on getting fine detailed images as early as possible to help clinicians easily perform confident assessments of foetal health.

Paired with TrueVue; the EPIQ Elite system allows parents and clinicians to manipulate a virtual light source around the 3D images of the foetus, producing images that are both incredibly lifelike and that provide a high level of detail to enable the identification of any abnormalities early on in pregnancy.

The Philips aBiometry Assist application uses anatomical intelligence to automate time spent gathering measurements, reducing exam time to allow clinicians to spend more time with mothers-to-be.

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