Siemens' New Ultrasound Platform Revolutionizes the Paradigm of Echocardiography



    
    ACUSON SC2000 is the World's First Echocardiography System to Acquire
    Instantaneous, Non-Stitched Full-Volume Images of the Heart in a Single
    Heartbeat
    

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ -- Siemens Healthcare
(www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare) unveils the ACUSON SC2000(TM) volume imaging
ultrasound system, the first system in the world to acquire non-stitched,
real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart in one single heart cycle, during
the 19th Annual Session of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in
Toronto, June 7-11. Called "Echo in a Heartbeat," this new technology marks
the greatest paradigm shift in ultrasound since the introduction of 2D imaging
in the late '70s. Instantaneous, non-stitched full-volume imaging comes 55
years after echocardiography pioneers Inge Edler and Hellmuth Hertz acquired
the world's first cardiac ultrasound recording using Siemens technology in
1953.
    
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    "Innovation has always been the lifeblood of Siemens, and the ACUSON
SC2000 volume ultrasound system is delivering on this promise," said Klaus
Hambuechen, chief executive officer, Ultrasound, Siemens Medical Solutions
USA, Inc. "The system has unparalleled capabilities in information rate
processing that allow us to acquire a full volume of the entire heart with 90
degree pyramids. With a high-volume acquisition rate like this -- in one
second, every second -- acquisition time is dramatically reduced, improving
the overall workflow in the echocardiography suite."
    
    Next Generation System Architecture and Transducer Technology
    
    The ACUSON SC2000 system is Siemens' premier cardiology platform that
will change the way echocardiography is practiced today. Its advanced
architecture delivers vastly more information than today's conventional
systems and is strengthened by Siemens patented Coherent Volume Formation
technology. Coupled with the system's high-volume acquisition rate, Coherent
Volume Formation moves away from serial line-by-line acquisition towards
simultaneous, multiple beams, delivering excellent image resolution.
    The proprietary 4Z1c transducer features revolutionary, patented active
cooling technology, enabling full output power within regulatory limits. This
results in improved penetration, reduced noise and high-volume acquisition
rates when compared to conventional 3D transducers. The 4Z1c is a single
transducer solution for adult echo applications that provides all the modes
needed: volume imaging, 2D, M-mode, color Doppler, and spectral Doppler. This
breakthrough technology showcases Siemens' acoustic mastery and delivers on
the long-awaited promise of true volume imaging for every patient.
    
    Better Outcomes Through Workflow-Driven Exam Sequences
    
    The ACUSON SC2000 system is designed to support advanced cardiovascular
applications. The knowledge-based workflow software uses learned pattern
recognition technology and an expert database of real clinical cases. This
enables the system to recognize anatomical patterns and landmarks, as well as
to perform automatic measurements streamlining clinical workflow.
    The system automatically derives reference plane images from the
full-volume cardiac capture dataset and offers automated full-volume
contouring for fast qualitative and quantitative analysis. Customizable,
programmable, and protocol-driven workflow sequences deliver repeatability for
better outcomes: greater efficiency, accuracy, consistency, and care -- from
data acquisition to diagnosis. To further enhance efficiency, the offline
workstation enables reporting, as well as complete review and processing of
the acquired volumes.
    Besides using the latest technology advancements and applications to
improve efficiency and workflow, Siemens has also addressed the ergonomics of
the system to meet and exceed today's recommended ergonomic guidelines to
reduce work-related stress injuries and to accommodate the varied work
environment of sonographers.
    
    About Siemens Healthcare
    
    Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the
healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with
core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic
technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information
technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics
acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first fully integrated diagnostics
company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and
healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and
support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire
continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis,
therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens is the global market leader in
innovative hearing instruments. The company employs more than 49,000 people
worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30),
Siemens Healthcare reported sales of euro 9.85 billion, orders of euro 10.27
billion, and group profit of euro 1.32 billion. Further information can be
found by visiting http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.




For further information:

For further information: Tom Schaffner of Siemens Healthcare, 
+1-610-448-1477, thomas.schaffner@siemens.com Web Site:
http://www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare

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