News Release Date : 04/21/2006
St. Mary’s of Michigan Adds Latest Breakthrough in Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging Technology
St. Mary’s of Michigan has acquired the iE33 cardiac ultrasound system from Philips Medical Systems, providing advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities with an intelligent system interface that streamlines ultrasound exams for patients and clinicians.
The iE33 system delivers revolutionary performance with the latest breakthroughs in diagnostic capability and Live 3D Echo imaging, a real-time view of the heart that allows patients to view the beating heart as if they were holding it in their hands. Automated image optimization technologies and on-board 2D and 3D cardiac quantification and measurement functionality can facilitate quicker, less costly diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
“Ultrasound imaging is hugely beneficial because it is a relatively low cost and non-invasive way to look inside the body,” said Bridget Case, Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiovascular Manager.
“With the new Philips system, we are acquiring an extremely high level of diagnostic information and can provide answers for our patients more quickly and easily. Plus, results from the ultrasound exam often reduce the need for more invasive procedures.”
In addition, the system’s revolutionary workflow features greatly benefit the echocardiographer, or ultrasound technician, and their patients. The iE33 is referred to as an “intelligent” system because it is designed to adapt to the sonographer’s exam needs, making their job faster, easier, and less physically taxing.
The iE33 system features an adjustable, articulating flat screen LCD monitor that can be positioned so that it can be viewed from almost any direction. This allows patients the ability to see images during scanning, as well. The system can be operated by intelligent voice-command when the sonographer is in tight quarters or needs both hands for scanning. A highly moveable control panel increases the sonographers’ flexibility to work around the patient, and the system’s sleek profile makes it easy to move to wherever it is needed.
Early clinical use by physicians indicates that the iE33 intelligent echocardiography system has the potential to:
- Make ultrasound exams much faster
- Help patients and their physicians better visualize and understand their condition
- Enhance diagnostic capability, thus reducing or eliminating the need for more expensive or invasive tests and procedures
- Provide clearer ultrasound images, especially in difficult-to-image patients
- Guide catheters in 3D space without ionizing radiation exposure
- Assist with pre-surgical planning
Because it can be used in the most delicate conditions without major side effects, ultrasound has become one of the most popular diagnostic methods among both patients and physicians. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce moving images of the body’s internal soft tissue structures. It provides a safe, fast and relatively painless means of diagnostic imaging on an outpatient basis.