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Clinical advantages of the UltraFast™ imaging technology in daily practice

When developing innovative ultrasound imaging modes, SuperSonic Imagine’s development team makes every effort to solve the general equation New information = new ultrasound sequences x data reliability / clinical use. To solve this, UltraFast™ Imaging offers unique capabilities that can be leveraged and customized to address specific needs.

All imaging modes based on UltraFast™ Imaging take advantage of acoustic energy controls, either enabled by the supersonic effect or by plane wave imaging sequences, thus giving the possibility to access to new information, in a clinically-compatible way, while remaining within the NEMA/FDA acoustic energy limits.

Optimizing acoustic energy levels at the development phase has led SuperSonic Imagine’s development team to strategically choose to implement proprietary sequences that minimize acoustic energy levels, while optimizing signals reliability and signal-to-noise ratio. Therefore, in all imaging modes based on UltraFast Imaging, sequences have been tailored to maximize the reliability of information collected, and the efficiency of algorithms applied to raw data.

Consequence #1: Real-time imaging modes

For most of SuperSonic Imagine’s proprietary modes, real-time capabilities are essentially part of the equation as real-time imaging is at the heart of ultrasound imaging practice. Real-time imaging gives the operator an increased confidence in what is displayed on the monitor. As an example, an image signal that stays stable for 2 to 3 seconds is a sign of a good acquisition, especially in SWE™ and TriVu modes. In addition, real-time imaging shortens the length of exams with innovative modes, and it also allows a detailed analysis of dynamic effects such as muscle contraction, tendon stretching, or subtle blood flow changes.

Consequence #2: Reliable information is extracted

In SuperSonic Imagine’s proprietary modes, the reliability of the information that is displayed and measured is maximized so that the operator can trust what is seen on Aixplorer®’s monitor. Several strategic decisions have been made to increase the level of reliability of information collected. They all guarantee the reliability and robustness of end output.

Consequence #3: No compromise

Compromise is the rule in ultrasound imaging: high frequencies give higher spatial resolution, but fail to penetrate in the depth of tissue; pulsed wave Doppler gates can be placed deep in tissue, but impacting on the pulse repetition frequency; large color Doppler boxes can be used, but with a lower frame rate.

SuperSonic Imagine’s proprietary modes partly relegate the concept of compromise to history. Imaging modes based on UltraFast Imaging are, or can be, implemented on all probes, for all applications, without any technical limitation. Operating imaging modes based on UltraFast Imaging requires no compromise between size/depth of box, imaging frame rate, and dynamic scale. Minimizing the switching delays between different types of ultrasound sequences down to a few milliseconds, SuperSonic Imagine’s development team has alleviated compromise on conventional imaging quality when entering a new mode.


UltraFast Imaging by SuperSonic Imagine is THE only ultrasound imaging technique that truly enables conventional and innovative imaging modes to be operated in a way that fully integrates to routine ultrasound imaging practice.

For more information on ShearWave™ Elastography clinical use, please visit the Case of Month published on 16 December 2016 on the EFSUMB Website:


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