Konica Minolta announced the release of its SONIMAGE HS1 handheld ultrasound system at the 2014 RSNA meeting. According to Konica Minolta, the portable, handheld ultrasound system is intended to offer healthcare providers ease-of-use and workflow efficiency with an intuitive, customizable touch screen. Users can program the touch screen to include quick keys and optimize image acquisition with a “one-button” touch.

“Konica Minolta Medical Imaging continues its commitment to delivering primary imaging solutions that provide a high economic value and versatile, high-quality imaging with the introduction of the SONIMAGE HS1 ultrasound system,” said Bill Kenny, senior product manager at Konica Minolta Medical Imaging. “The use of ultrasound at the point of care can help improve the quality of healthcare while simultaneously providing cost efficiencies compared to other, higher-cost imaging alternatives.” 

The SONIMAGE HS1 reportedly uses a five-level wave control algorithm to generate separate harmonic signals, covering the entire receive spectrum of the system. Advanced digital signal processing is said to provide excellent image quality, allowing clinicians to visualize structures as small as several hundred microns. The system works within existing networks, and allows users to share imaging data to Konica Minolta’s cloud-based backup and image sharing solution.

For more information about the SONIMAGE HS1 handheld ultrasound system, visit the Konica Minolta website.