Philips

Philips (NYSE:PHG) said yesterday that it launched its new Epiq Elite ultrasound system.

The newly launched system from the Amsterdam company contains its “latest advances in transducer innovation,” as well as its first solution for vascular assessment and diagnosis.

“Our new portfolio of dedicated systems and solutions based on the EPIQ Elite combines new display technology, innovative transducers, advanced software and enhanced processing power. With one in four stroke cases caused by vascular disease of the carotid artery in the neck, vascular health is a growing concern worldwide. Ultrasound is the ideal imaging technology to help clinicians make a more precise diagnosis, which is why today we’re announcing our first dedicated solution for vascular assessment and diagnosis,” general imaging and women’s healthcare ultrasound biz lead¬†Jeff Cohen said in a press release.

Philips said that the device comes equipped with an xMatrix linear transducer, which produces 3D vascular images to allow clinicians to see into a vessel and evaluate plaque spatial location and composition and view 3D flow data for quickly assessing stenotic conditions.

“Not much has changed in vascular ultrasound until this release of the ultimate ultrasound solution for vascular assessment. The combination of a new transducer and advances in software makes the assessment and diagnosis of vascular conditions through easy to interpret images. There is now a case to be made for ultrasound solutions to be used as a potential alternative to other imaging modalities in the current standard of care,” Muhammad Hasan of the Baptist Hospital of Miami’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute said in prepared remarks.

Late last month, Philips and the American Heart Association announced a partnership aiming to increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in densely populated cities around the world.

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