In fact, they are the fundamental determinant of image quality.
However, the medical imaging field has been using the same piezoelectric material for more than 40 years.
Therefore, there have not been any dramatic improvements in image quality – until the new type of crystal material and ultrasound probe technology appeared some years ago.
Despite several innovative designs in signal procession and beamformer architecture over the years.
PureWave Ultrasound Probe Technology
The first technology we will talk about is the PureWave ultrasound probe technology.
Philips has developed this technology because they wanted a solution to provide imaging of more technically difficult patients.
PureWave transducers use piezo crystals that are purer, more uniform, have lower losses, and can transfer energy precisely and efficiently.
By using the PureWave transducer technology with the precisely engineered transducer design, it is possible to greatly increase frequency coverage.
Philips Epiq 5
A premium cardiology ultrasound system with several great features.
What’s so great about it?
Suddenly, a single transducer has the frequency coverage which used to be realized from two transducers with traditional crystals!
This also means that PureWave significantly improves the efficiency in bandwidth and results in deep penetration and high resolution.
In addition, PureWave technology supports advanced harmonics and the greater sensitivity across the wider range of frequencies provides the flexibility to transmit and receive multiple harmonic frequencies.
This further enhances the resolution and reduces the number of artifacts.
PureWave transducers like C5-1, S5-1, C10-3v, X5-1, and X6-1, are applicable to most high-end Philips ultrasound systems like IU22, IE33, Affiniti, and Epiq.
Furthermore, we will discuss the XDClear technology.
GE developed the XDClear ultrasound probe technology by precise engineering and combining the single crystal, acoustic amplifier, and cool stack together.
This delivers a more powerful, pure, and efficient sound wave with a wider bandwidth than the traditional GE transducer technology.
Each has its own important purpose:
The single crystal is the foundation of a superb image quality that incorporates an enhanced piezoelectric material to generate a high-quality acoustic signal.
The acoustic amplifier as the acoustic insulation will result in widened power efficiency bandwidth with reduced noise and less heat dissipation.
Since energy that used to be wasted due to the backing structure is now reflected and re-used. The cool stack architecture will relieve the heat generation which could reduce the sensitivity and penetration.
Finally, the XDClear transducer technology increases the bandwidth to make each transducer cover a broader frequency range. This realizes the deep penetration, high resolution, and enhanced harmonic imaging.
GE XDClear transducers C1-6D, C2-9D, M5Sc-D, and C3-10D are applicable on the GE XDClear family models. These include the Logiq E9 XDClear, the Vivid E9 XDClear, the Logiq S8 XDClear, and the Logiq S7 XDClear.
Ultrasounds with the XDClear technology
GE Logiq E9
A great radiology ultrasound with intuitive workflow capabilities and advanced technology.
GE Logiq S8
A premium multi purpose ultrasound machine, lightweight and versatile.
GE Vivid E9
A premium cardiovascular ultrasound with excellent image quality.
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