Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa, has developed a new ultrasound system, the ACUSON X700, that offers as standard features many advanced imaging technologies that were previously available only on high-end systems.
The new system features a strong price/performance ratio and workflow technologies that support high throughput and improve the total cost of ownership. The ACUSON X700 system expands Siemens’ ACUSON X family of ultrasound systems that provide clinical efficiency across a range of clinical specialties. The technologies the company migrated from its high-end ACUSON S family of ultrasound systems to enhance imaging performance include advanced SieClear spatial compounding, that enhances anatomic border definition and improves tissue contrast; dynamic TCE tissue contrast enhancement technology that improves borders and reduces speckle/noise, facilitating subtle tissue differentiation; and its patented MicroPinless transducer connectors that offer high signal fidelity and improve the signal-to-noise ratio to enhance signal quality. The transducers are compatible with Siemens’ ACUSON S family, ACUSON X family, and ACUSON Sequoia ultrasound systems to increase flexibility and investment value.
The ACUSON X700 system also features a new, single-solution, 50 mm aperture linear array transducer for both superficial and deep imaging. The proprietary Hanafy lens transducer technology provides continuous focusing and image uniformity while delivering enhanced contrast and detail resolution. The system also features intelligent workflow solutions to enable the throughput required by various clinical departments that use the system. For example, TGO tissue grayscale optimization technology provides instantaneous one button image optimization by automatically adjusting the image brightness to the tissue type being imaged.
“I am amazed at the image quality, acquisition times, transducer quality, and sensitivity of the system,” said Corrie Van Loon-Rosario, RDMS, a sonographer at Central Valley Women’s Health Associates, Fresno, Calif, which has been using the ACUSON X700 system since August 2012. “I sometimes scan more than 18 patients a day. I can be more efficient and more productive with the ACUSON X700 system, which is easy to operate.”