World?s first wireless ultrasound
The Acuson Freestyle ultrasound system features wireless transducers, eliminating the impediment of cables in ultrasound imaging. It facilitates the use of advanced ultrasound technology into clinical fields requiring a sterile environment, such as interventional radiology, anesthesiology, critical care, cath lab, or emergency care. Wireless transducers can also expand ultrasound into new and emerging applications, such as administering nerve blocks, enhancing vascular access, and improving target localization through ultrasound guidance during therapeutic interventions and biopsies. For image acquisition and processing, the Acuson Freestyle system employs advanced synthetic aperture imaging technology, an integration of proprietary hardware and software, which was specifically developed for the wireless signal transmission of full-resolution digital image data at very high data rates. Focusing on each pixel in the image, this method produces excellent image quality throughout the field of view. This design reduces the transducer’s power requirements, increasing battery life. Wireless real-time ultrasound data transmission is further enabled through the proprietary development of a novel ultra-wideband radio technology, which, operating at a high frequency of 7.8 gigahertz, is not susceptible to interference with other electronic equipment. Three wireless transducers are available for the Acuson Freestyle system, covering a range of general imaging, vascular, and high-frequency applications such as musculoskeletal and nerve imaging. The user can operate the transducers up to three meters away from the system, which includes an ergonomic interface that enables remote control of scanning parameters from within the sterile field. The Acuson Freestyle system has a 38-cm, high-resolution LED display. The system console can be mounted easily on a lightweight cart and also operates on battery power.
Supplier: Siemens Healthineers