New mobile high definition ultrasound system from Philips
19 June 2005
Andover, Mass., USA. Royal Philips
Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has introduced a new low-cost, mobile,
high-definition ultrasound system aimed at the basic scanning needs of small
office practices, hospitals and clinics.
The Philips HD3 high definition system provides greyscale and colour
Doppler imaging with one button image optimisation, Cineloop review, Tissue
Harmonic Imaging, an adjustable flat-panel monitor, and analysis packages
and measurements for a wide variety of exams.
As the technology of ultrasound imaging advances, more sophisticated
systems are helping improve the physician's diagnostic confidence, providing
real-time three-dimensional views of the inside of the body. However, for
most small office practices, hospitals and clinics, the need is for
simplicity — high quality, ultrasound that meets their daily scanning needs.
This type of low-cost, high definition ultrasound is what is required for
many basic OB/GYN, abdominal, small parts, pediatric, vascular and basic
"We have worked to give these customers more of what they need and less
of what they don't," said Barbara Franciose, CEO, ultrasound, for Philips
Medical Systems. "Less expense, less weight, less to learn and more time to
concentrate on their patients."
Like Philips premium ultrasound systems, the HD3 has a broadband digital
beamformer that captures and preserves more tissue information than
conventional narrowband systems, and its wide dynamic range and digital
focal tuning provide exceptional sensitivity and detail resolution. It has
also been designed with an intuitive interface, simple controls and a
self-paced training CD that allow someone with basic ultrasound knowledge to
start scanning quickly. Single-control image optimization also makes it easy
to capture a quality image based on common settings for a wide variety of
patients and helps improve image consistency between exams.
The HD3 is small enough to move easily between exam rooms, around the
bedside or position in a crowded emergency room. Yet, the cart design of the
HD3 allows quick access to multiple transducers, scanning supplies and
necessary peripherals such as printers and recorders. It can also store
images and reports to convenient recordable CDs or connect to
DICOM-compatible patient information and image archiving networks.
First customer deliveries will start in Q3 2005.