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Evaluating liver fibrosis with breakthrough ultrasound technology: Shear Wave Elastography - Spring 2012

Liver fibrosis is a common consequence of all chronic liver diseases; cirrhosis can result from the evolution of liver fibrosis and is an important endpoint in patient management. Currently, liver biopsy is the standard diagnostic tool used to estimate the advancement of liver fibrosis. Unfortunately, this invasive method gives a limited sample of the liver and is associated with a non-negligible morbidity rate [1]. In order to repeatedly evaluate live fibrosis during patient monitoring, non-invasive techniques such as elastography have been developed.

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Fast and Forward - July 2012
by Gordana Ivanac, MD, PhD

Ultrafast Doppler represents the next step in ultrasound, offering enhanced diagnostic accuracy, quicker exams, and increased patient throughput

Since the 1960s, when ultrasound became established as a medical imaging mode, there have been significant and steady breakthroughs brought about by new technological introductions. In the 1960s, there was an advancement with real-time imaging through mechanical scanning. In the 1970s, multichannel electronic transducer arrays emerged. Doppler modes appeared in the following decade, which enabled flow analysis. The modality as a whole saw an evolution with the miniaturization of ultrasound into portable units, but there have been no significant imaging breakthroughs since Doppler in the 1980s.

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The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 6 -- Shear-wave elastography - July 2012

By Dr Jason Birnholz presents the sixth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality.

Fellow UltraSounder,

Palpation on steroids. Dr. Brian Garra used this phrase a few years ago to describe elastography when I interviewed him for ReachMD as part of the Advances in Medical Imaging  series. It's a truly great expression that speaks directly to anyone who has tried to learn the art of physical diagnosis.

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SuperSonic Imagine notches MAGNET deal - July 2012

By staff writers

July 10, 2012 -- French ultrasound technology firm  SuperSonic Imagine has won a three-year deal to supply ultrasound scanners to the Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services (MAGNET).

SuperSonic Imagine will provide its Aixplorer MultiWave scanners to facilities in the MAGNET network.

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MAGNET Selects SuperSonic Imagine to Provide Participating Healthcare Facilities with Revolutionary Software-Based Ultrasound Technology - July 2012

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France--( BUSINESS WIRE)--SuperSonic Imagine, the innovative ultrasound imaging company, today announced that it has been selected by the Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services (MAGNET) to provide its Participating Healthcare Facilities with the most advanced ultrasound technology on the market. MAGNET was created to develop contracts on behalf of its Healthcare Facilities in the niche market of capital equipment to provide the best quality patient care at the best possible pricing.

“We are happy to be a part of the MAGNET network and to furnish their Participating Healthcare Facilities with ultrasound technology that provides extremely clear image quality with unprecedented innovation to address their clinical challenges.”

“We are extremely pleased to have this three year agreement in place with SuperSonic Imagine to offer the Aixplorer® MultiWave™ Ultrasound system to our Participating Healthcare Facilities,” said Steven R. Duke, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for MAGNET.

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