New line of ultrasound scanners

With more than sixty years’ combined experience and know-how in imaging techniques, Hitachi and Aloka have always been pioneers in the development of reliable high-quality solutions for a broad range of ultrasound applications. The company has now introduced the ARIETTA 70 and ARIETTA 60 models which are two new diagnostic ultrasound platforms combining the know-how developed in the HI VISION series of Hitachi Medical Corporation with the ProSound  models of Aloka Co. as well as the results coming  from a close collaboration involving the Central Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd.

Though requiring very little space, the new ultrasound platforms give highly resolved ultrasound anatomical detail thanks to the newly optimised generation, emission and detection of ultrasound signals, the improved signal processing, as well as the superb quality of the display. Using multi-layer crystal technology and an improved connector, the versatile range of probes achieves very high sensitivities from the enhanced signal-to-noise ratios, in addition to improved durability and handling. The sophisticated, flexible programming of the emitted and received ultrasound signals allows more precise control of the ultrasound beam, guaranteeing higher spatial resolution. Additionally, the new platforms are equipped with fast ultrasound-specific digital signal processors, supporting a great variety of application-related features and advanced data processing. In combination with the wide view angle and the excellent contrast of the IPS- Pro monitor, this powerful signal processing unit significantly enhances image clarity.

The new ultrasound products ARIETTA 70 and ARIETTA 60 are ideally suited for many advanced applications, such as Real-time Virtual Sonography  for a side-by-side display of ultrasound and results from other modalities, e. g. CT or MRI;  Real-time Tissue Elastography, visualising tissue strain in real-time and giving local stiffness information;   2D-Tissue Tracking for quantitatively evaluating the movement and the thickening of the cardiac muscle.

 To help the user produce the high quality diagnostic images, the new systems incorporate features that reduce stress and improve ease-of-use. Detailed ergonomic design. For example,   compared to previous models the new systems are 45 % lighter. Two-way multi-rotary encoders enable the adjustment of many functions in one control, thus significantly reducing hand and arm movements.   The large palm rest at the center of the operating console is designed to give optimum wrist support and the panel height can be lowered to 70 cm, allowing the operator to perform lower extremity examinations with a safe, comfortable reach to the operating console.