Best known from ante-natal scans for expectant mothers and heart exams, ultrasound enables doctors to see within the body without radiation. Aiming to make ultrasound scanning easier and quicker, Philips marked a new milestone for ultrasound technology with the launch of the EPIQ in late 2013. With the development of the new nSIGHT Imaging architecture, the usual trade-off between the quality of an ultrasound image and the recording of movement has been overcome. This major advance enables EPIQ to deliver both improved resolution and frame rate – resulting in incredibly sharp 3D moving images.
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As well as offering superb image quality and more quantitative support in making diagnoses, equal attention has been paid to make EPIQ easy and intuitive to use, whatever system clinicians have used before. And addressing the issue that ultrasound can be heavy and straining for the people who use it regularly, the EPIQ system has been designed to be ‘light as a feather and solid as a rock’. Creating the next generation of ultrasound systems was a monumental challenge that took the skills of hundreds of people from around the globe, but the resulting EPIQ systems are worthy of their name!
”One day, while working on these new algorithms, we made a surprising discovery. We found that we could reduce the number of sound waves needed to produce a top quality image. This meant that we could produce more images in the time it would have taken to make one, and this enabled the quality of movement captured by a scan to also be improved.”
“We all had one clear vision: to make a system as light as a feather, and solid as a rock, to make it effortless for users to perform an exam.”
Daniel van Alphen: Senior Consultant, Product Design