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Ultrasound System Designed for Ob/Gyn Applications

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 22 Sep 2014
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Image: The WS80A with Elite ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Samsung Medison).
Image: The WS80A with Elite ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Samsung Medison).
New ultrasound technology is designed to provide excellent image and streamlined productivity in workflow through highly functional features for women’s health.

Samsung Medison (Seoul, Republic of Korea), a global manufacture of medical devices, presented the latest version of its ultrasound system WS80A with Elite, which equips with advanced diagnostic features and superior image performance based on the WS80A platform, at the 24th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, held in Barcelona (Spain), from September 14-17, 2014. Samsung also presented numerous academic researches during the congress to evaluate the clinical values of various features in WS80A with Elite.

The WS80A with Elite ultrasound system now offers higher image qualities and extended five-dimensional (5D) features. Its key enhancements include: excellent image quality; an S-Vue transducer, which provides a wider bandwidth and higher sensitivity to obtain more in-depth, higher image quality. Even patients with technically challenging cases can easily get scans with excellent resolution.

The technology offers enhanced color sensitivity in 3D and Doppler images. A 23-inch-wide light emitting diode (LED) screen provides better color representation and enhanced vision of ultrasound images for users. The 5D heart feature semi-automatically obtains nine essential cardiac diagnostic planes to enable more intuitive, comprehensive, and accurate fetal screening based on STIC (spatiotemporal image correlation) data. 5D CNS (central nervous system) simplifies workflow and reduces scan time by extracting six biometric measurements from three transverse planes of a fetal brain as key indicators for fast fetal brain diagnosis. Moreover, the system allows shared service for cardiovascular, and radiology (i.e., pediatric, vascular) uses.

Dr. Ja Young Kwon of Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital presented data about the synergy of ultrasound diagnosis that can be created from applying Samsung’s 5D features to a fetal brain and long bone screening, while Dr. Alexander Weichert at the Charité Hospital (department of obstetrics of Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany) explained the clinical usefulness of auto measurements of a fetal brain through 5D CNS. Dr. Edwin Quarello at St. Joseph Hospital in Marseille (France) discussed morphologic evaluation in the beginning stage of pregnancy through ultrasound at the congress.

“We are proud to announce the WS80A with Elite and introduce the enhanced features that will reshape the premium market segment of ultrasound diagnosis in Women’s Health at the 24th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” said Soo-in Cho, CEO of Samsung Medison. “Samsung will continue to step up its effort to develop innovative medical devices and technologies while enhancing collaborations with professionals in the hope of providing easy, fast and accurate diagnosis as well as acquiring significant clinical values.”

Samsung Medison attracted global attention in 2001 through the introduction of Live 3D technology. In 2011, Samsung Medison became an affiliate of Samsung Electronics, integrating information technology (IT), image processing, semiconductor, and communication technologies into diagnostic ultrasound systems.

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