By: 1 March 2008

Improved Diagnostic Accuracy For King’s College

Three ACUSON Antares ultrasound systems have been purchased by the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, chosen mainly for their advanced ergonomics and high quality imaging capabilities.

Complementing the department’s other ACUSON Sequoia and SONOLINE Antares systems, the new Antares are used for paediatric, general abdominal, MSK and small parts examinations and have gone down well with the Ultrasound team. Jane Clarke, Superintendent Sonographer, explained: “Staff are very familiar with Siemens’ technology, and are very pleased with the new Antares’ ergonomic design and ease of use, which help to make our daily routine easier. We’ve been particularly impressed with the Colour Doppler sensitivity and the excellent Trans-Vaginal functions.”

The new Antares Premium Edition provides comprehensive clinical capabilities, research functions, enhanced workflow and user-friendly ergonomics, as well as additional innovative features, including:

  • Complete higher quality fourSight 4D ultrasound imaging technology, addressing increasing clinical needs for 3D/4D imaging, providing additional diagnostic information not available with standard 2D examinations.
  • Cadence contrast pulse sequencing technology, which effectively separates the display of contrast agent signals from tissue signals, resulting in additional diagnostic information and greatly improved sensitivity and specificity in lesion detection and characterisation.
  • 2D and Spectral TEQ ultrasound technology that automatically optimises both 2D and spectral Doppler images with a touch of a single button, greatly improving ease of scanning, workflow and diagnostic confidence.
  • Clarify vascular enhancement technology that advances workflow and increases diagnostic confidence by automatically reducing noise and arti facts along with clearer wall definition.
  • Extend imaging technology to increase diagnostic confidence by providing additional 2D, tissue harmonic imaging and colour Doppler information for technically difficult-to-image patients.