November 05, 2015
by Lauren Dubinsky , Staff Reporter
Imaging overweight patients with ultrasound typically results in poorer quality images because the sound waves weaken when they pass through more tissue in the body. However, Carestream’s new premium ultrasound machines that received FDA approval in June are built to accommodate this patient population.
The Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE Ultrasound systems can penetrate deep into the abdomen and other parts of the body, which is particularly important for obese patients. It also allows for more uniform resolution across the whole depth of the area being imaged.
More than two in three adults and about one-third of children and adolescents ages six to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The Touch Prime system features Carestream’s SynTek Architecture, which provides improved spatial detail with more frame rates and optimized image formation to reduce noise and artifacts so the clinician can better see moving structures. Improvements have also been made Doppler to allow for more consistent visualization of subtle tissue contrast differences.
Traditional ultrasound systems involve serial line-by-line acquisition, but Carestream’s new ultrasounds combine information from multiple transmissions and transmit a beam both at a single region in the image and over the whole spatial area.
The systems are designed for general diagnostic imaging use in radiology, OB/GYN, musculoskeletal and vascular applications. They will be on display at the annual Radiological Society of North America conference this year in Chicago.