By: 1 June 2008

Siemens Medical Solutions recently introduced the 5.0 release of the ACUSON Antares™ ultrasound platform which offers powerful innovations in five clinical application areas, including breast and obstetric/gynaecology imaging.

Siemens’ eSie Touch™ elasticity imaging technology includes a speed-of-sound adaptation designed for fatty breast imaging, and works alongside Siemens’ Advanced SieClear™ spatial compounding, which provides an industry-leading 13 lines of sight applied at greater steering angles, as well as Dynamic TCE™ tissue contrast enhancement technology providing speckle reduction and motion correction.

For obstetric/gynaecology applications, the Antares 5.0 release offers Advanced fourSight™ technology, a comprehensive suite of acquisition, rendering, and post-processing tools, and syngo® Auto OB Measurements, to streamline and improve workflow. Amnioscopic rendering is another key innovation – this unique surface-rendering technique developed by Siemens Corporate Research provides detailed views of the foetus, enabling greater diagnostic confidence in 3D and 4D imaging. With Advanced fourSight technology, users now have greater flexibility to analyse 2D, 3D and 4D studies. New features include MultiSlice Imaging, which displays a matrix of 2D images from any plane in a volume, just like on a CT scanner, and Automated Volume Measurement for rapid segmentation and capture of volume measurements from any 3D volume.

To further improve obstetric workflow, Siemens’ syngo Auto OB Measurements software generates semi-automatic biometric fetal measurements for bi-parietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length. The software can shorten examination time by reducing keystrokes up to 75 per cent.