Philips captures volumes with new iU22 technology

November 30, 2010

Philips’ new xMatrix brings real-time volumetric scanning to radiology as part of the company’s latest version of the iU22 ultrasound scanner. First built into Philips’ echocardiography systems five years ago, a souped-up version built into the company’s flagship iU22 on the RSNA exhibit floor quickly captures volumes in the abdomen that can be interrogated in 2D planes any time after the patient has left the exam room. Two planes can be viewed simultaneously using Live xPlane. Images drawn from the volume can then be sent to any PACS.

Philips’ new xMatrix brings real-time volumetric scanning to radiology as part of the company’s latest version of the iU22 ultrasound scanner. First built into Philips’ echocardiography systems five years ago, a souped-up version built into the company’s flagship iU22 on the RSNA exhibit floor quickly captures volumes in the abdomen that can be interrogated in 2D planes any time after the patient has left the exam room. Two planes can be viewed simultaneously using Live xPlane. Images drawn from the volume can then be sent to any PACS. 

Integrated with PureWave technology, xMatrix works with the new X6-1 transducer. The combination allows operators of different skill levels to achieve the same quality imaging, according to Philips. The key is the xMatrix transducer with elements arranged along the X and Y planes. The 9000 electronically controlled elements replace the mechanical 3D arrays of the past, capturing volumes of data that can be easily interrogated.

Today this volumetric technology is available only in an abdominal probe, but in time it will become available on Philips’ solid-state transducers for endocavitary, vascular, and small parts applications. While there is no specific timeline for the migration of this technology, Philips executives say the company is definitely headed in this direction.