A culture of constant innovation stretching back to 1873 underpins Konica Minolta's leading global position in image processing technologies, while the company has a long and illustrious history of excellence in medical applications. In its home market of Japan, Konica Minolta’s ultrasound products have evolved specifically to deliver high performance for physicians and surgeons managing patients at the point of consultation in clinic. Konica Minolta's advanced ultrasound technology platform combines outstanding image quality with simplicity of use and is hugely popular among practitioners in this setting. Recognition in Western healthcare systems of the value and efficiency of ultrasound imaging at the "Point of Care", has resulted in growing understanding that Konica Minolta products are ideally equipped to meet expert needs, in a design that is years ahead of other products with respect to ergonomics and overall utility.
The flagship of Konica Minolta’s ultrasound product range, the Sonimage HS2 is built on four key technologies which combine together to deliver outstanding performance:
Triad Tissue Harmonic Imaging allows simultaneous triple frequency transmission. By adjusting the transmission intensity of each frequency component, generation of harmonics can be precisely controlled and adjusted to optimise signal to noise and deliver high resolution at a wider range of image depths.
Dual Sonic creates a functional separation of the transmission aperture enabling elements forming the outer portion of the aperture to contribute a beam front of lower frequency components, generating harmonics at depth, while elements in the central portion of the aperture contribute a beam front of high frequency components, generating harmonics in superficial tissues. As a result, acoustic noise contamination is reduced, tissue contrast resolution is improved and signal to noise ratio increased to deliver clearer images at a greater range of depths.
iXRET is an image processing technology developed by Konica Minolta that, when applied to ultrasound image generation, enables equivalent spatial resolution to be achieved with half the number of transmission lines. This is particularly relevant for mixed mode imaging such as colour and power Doppler where a balance must always be maintained between resolution, precision and frame rate, but also applies in high resolution B-mode imaging to deliver optimal spatial resolution across the full face of the probe while maintaining a high frame rate.
Nanofabrication is a precision technology developed by Konica Minolta for application across all its manufacturing base, which enables sub-micron control of component machining. When applied to transducer array manufacture, nanofabrication improves the shaping of each individual element and enables greater control over the energy conversion response characteristic of the element. The full beneficial effects of Triad Tissue Harmonics and Dual Sonic are realised when combined with probe arrays manufactured using nanofabrication.
This technology is packaged in a compact, highly portable design which offers a unique degree of efficiency across a wide range of applications. The user interface is highly customisable offering intuitive direct operation in every situation. To assist in teaching and explaining to patients, the Sonimage HS2 also offers valuable facilities such as the drawing function which are highly appreciated in use.
Examples of usage areas: Rheumatology, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Orthopaedics, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Vascular Sciences, Acute and General Medicine, Clinical Research, Clinical Education.
- Vascular NAVI - automated optimisation of Doppler steering, gate size, PRF, angle correction for simple error free vascular evaluation
- SNV - needle tip enhancement for greater precision and control during both in plane and out of plane needle guidance
- Voice response - control of machine using voice commands
- Panoramic display - real time extension of the field of view for capture and display of larger structures