Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. announces that it will introduce its compact, point-of-care ultrasound system (POCUS), SonImage MX1 Platinum, at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which takes place from November 27-December 1 in Chicago. 

The MX1 Platinum System leverages an advanced imaging algorithm that achieves improved resolution of ultrasound images while maintaining optimum frame rates. This algorithm improves image quality of the color and grayscale modes, delivering speckle reduction and applying a smoothing effect to reduce graininess in the image. The advanced image quality at the point-of-care can help clinicians make better informed diagnoses and facilitate accurate interventions, giving them confidence in what they are seeing to make immediate decisions that enhance patient care.

Also new is an extended battery life that enables a continuous two-hour scan time, so the MX1 Platinum System can be carried throughout the hospital or clinic without requiring a recharge. A full suite of transducers is available with MX1 Platinum System, including the L18-4 and HL18-4 wide-band frequency linear probes for musculoskeletal (MSK) and general imaging exams. 

The S4-2 phased array enables quick scans of the heart in perioperative situations, which allows clinicians to assess the patient pre- and post-surgery. The combination of strong image quality, advanced transducers, and Konica Minolta’s Simple Needle Visualization (SNV) make the MX1 Platinum System suitable for interventions. SNV highlights the advancing needle for greater visibility of the needle tip, shaft, and injectate for more confident interventions or biologic injections, Konica Minolta officials say.

“Whether POCUS is used at the bedside, office or during an intervention, image quality matters,” says Joan Toth, senior product marketing manager at Konica Minolta Healthcare. “With an aging population and continued increase in MSK diseases, physicians are turning to POCUS for a faster diagnosis of the patient’s injury or pain and to more confidently place injections.”

Toth adds, “The MX1 Platinum System is a compact yet powerful device that delivers immediate and high-quality images at the point-of-care.”