September's New Product Showcase

September 11, 2014
by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor

DR digital upgrade
Varian recently released the i5DR digital upgrade. According to the company, the upgrade will improve workflow, enhance image quality and prolong the life of your asset. The i5DR software is a cost effective solution that is fully integrated into industry standard U-arms. The i5DR user interface provides fully integrated control of the u-arm positioner, collimator and generator allowing for seamless image acquisition. I5DR is optimized for use with Varian’s 17” x 17” (43cm x 43cm) flat panel digital detector. The i5DR upgrade provides significant savings in comparison to purchasing an entirely new digital system and extends the life and utility of the existing asset.

Ultra mobile ultrasound system
Royal Philips announced that it has received 510(k) clearance for its ultra mobile ultrasound system, VISIQ, in the U.S.

VISIQ’s touch-screen gesture controls are familiar to anyone who has used a smartphone or tablet. It allows users to easily capture images, take measurements and share data. In addition, VISIQ offers many of the automatic image optimization features found on Philips’ premium EPIQ system, as well as built-in Wi-Fi for DICOM data transfer to hospital or cloud-based PACS.

At the heart of the VISIQ system is a smart transducer that fits comfortably into the user’s hand. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in ultrasound, Philips has taken advantage of advances in miniaturization to integrate a sophisticated broadband micro-digital beam former and powerful image acquisition module into the transducer. VISIQ targets OB and abdominal applications and lays the foundation for a future range of portable ultrasound products to meet the evolving needs of clinicians and patients.

Next generation bronchoscopy system

Vision-Sciences announced the launch of its next generation video bronchoscope and EndoSheath technology.

Vision-Sciences' EndoSheath bronchoscopy system is the latest addition to its innovative endoscopy line for the Critical Care market. The new bronchoscope features design improvements for instrument maneuverability, suction capacity, and handling ergonomics intended to enhance physician ease-of-use while maintaining the unparalleled efficiency, cost-efficacy, and patient safety elements of the sterile, disposable EndoSheath technology.

The BRS-5100 bronchoscope is fully compatible with the 7000 Series Vision System.

Proton therapy specific cone beam CT solution
IBA, a provider of proton therapy solutions for the treatment of cancer, recently announced combined clearances from the FDA that will enable IBA to market-launch the Proton Therapy specific Cone Beam Computed Tomography solution. IBA has received clearance for its imaging platform adaPT Insight and for the Compact Gantry Beam.

As a component of IBA's Image Guided Proton Therapy solution, CBCT provides 3D imaging for increased accuracy in patient treatment. It is fully integrated with IBA's imaging platform adaPT Insight, to offer fast 6D corrections of patient positioning for IBA's Proteus PLUS and Proteus ONE proton therapy solutions. IBA's first CBCT is at the validation phase and the first clinical use is expected for the second half of 2014.

Ultrasound wipes
Advanced Ultrasound Electronics is pleased to announce the availability of Sono-Wipes, a one-step disinfectant deodorizer wipe specifically made for ultrasound equipment.

Sono-Wipes come in 50ct packs of non-abrasive, non-damaging large (7” x 11”) moist wipes. The packs have ultra-stick technology to keep them fixed to equipment for convenient use, to keep your equipment looking new and sanitized.