Esaote harnesses TI DSP chips to deliver new range of medical diagnostic
20 November 2006
Houston, USA and Munich, Germany. Italian company Esaote S.p.A. has
created a range of medical diagnostic devices, including ultrasound,
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrocardiograms (ECGs) using digital
signal processing (DSP) technology from Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) (TI).
"TI offers a broad, compatible product portfolio that enabled us to
develop several very different devices using a variety of DSPs but with the
same tools and development environment," said Marco Brusaca, Ultrasound R&D
manager at ESAOTE. "This was fundamental to our success because it permitted
us to leverage industry-best performance, power consumption and price where
needed while simplifying the development cycle, allowing us to focus on the
new applications and features that truly differentiate our product lines."
Esaote's new MyLab XVision Series of ultrasound systems products are
based on TI DSPs. The XVision products provide exceptional resolution and
feature highly sophisticated technologies including XStrain advanced cardiac
technique for myocardial function evaluation, Virtual Navigator tracking
system for interventional imaging and 4D advanced technology for detailed
obstetric and general purpose evaluations. The new modular systems have
compact profiles to ensure portability and include such innovative features
as tilting LCD monitors. Exceptional diagnostic performance and
maneuverability allow them to be used in nearly unlimited hospital
applications and they are ideally suited for mobile services.
G-scan, Esaote's new open and tilting MRI system for all musculoskeletal
applications is easy to use and features a low break-even point, making MRI
affordable for those medical facilities that have a reduced MRI case load.
Esaote's new ECG product line can function as stand-alone units or as
part of larger, high-performance networks that allow cardiologists to
integrate and manage data from multiple diagnostic applications. This
functionality and flexibility are made possible by harnessing TI DSPs. The
new ECGs can be connected to other units or linked to a PC to expand
archiving and processing functions and to provide maximum connectivity. They
can be linked with external low-cost PC printers and communication modules,
thus allowing it to compete in cost sensitive applications, such as low cost
12-channel electrocardiography and telemedicine.
"Esaote is tapping into the performance, power and price points of our
fixed-point and floating-point DSP devices to create cutting-edge medical
diagnostic equipment that is available to everyone," said Cyril Clocher, DSP
Catalog business development manager EMEA at Texas Instruments. "We look
forward to working with them in the future as they further push the
boundaries of healthcare information systems."