SuperSonic Imagine, a French company specializing in ultrasound medical imaging, announced the installation of its Aixplorer ultrasound system at the Brust-Zentrum Breast Centre in Zürich, Switzerland.

According to SuperSonic Imagine, the Brust-Zentrum Breast Centre is a multidisciplinary practice specializing in providing diagnosis and treatment of breast lesions. The company says its ultrasound system offers the center’s patients a reliable method of elastography. Physicians at the center report that the Aixplorer system is intuitive and easy to use, and SuperSonic Imagine provides the center’s staff with training support as needed.

SuperSonic Imagine’s Aixplorer ultrasound system is equipped with an UltraFast software platform, which is designed to acquire images 200 times faster than conventional ultrasound. The system is also equipped with ShearWave Elastography (SWE) technology. SWE provides physicians a comprehensive, accurate, and quantitative evaluation of tissue stiffness in real time via a color-coded map of elasticity in conjunction with a high quality two-dimensional ultrasound image of morphology. Tissue stiffness is reportedly an important criteria used by physicians to identify potentially malignant lesions.

SuperSonic reports that the benefits of using the ShearWave technology for the diagnosis of breast lesions have been demonstrated in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, including a multinational study of over 1,600 patients. The results showed that ShearWave Elastography, combined with conventional ultrasound criteria, allowed greater accuracy in the diagnosis of breast lesions and significantly reduced the number of false positive cases. By improving the accuracy of breast ultrasound, Supersonic Imagine’s SWE technology is said to help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies.

For more information about the Aixplorer ultrasound system, visit the SuperSonic Imagine website.