Siemens Healthcare has launched a new portable and compact Acuson P500 ultrasound system, Frosk edition, which will allow rapid imaging in an emergency setting.

Designed for use in emergency settings, the portable hand-held system can be easily positioned in different clinical environments and can image in less than 30 seconds.

The system can be applied for general imaging such as abdominal, small parts, renal, pelvic, vascular, 2D obstetrics and gynaecology or basic evaluation of cardiac functions, in addition to emergency medicine and acute care.

Siemens Healthcare Ultrasound Products UK business manager Bernadette Leonard said: "Siemens Healthcare is delighted to introduce its new Acuson P500 system, FROSK edition, which can benefit a range of different clinical environments where ultrasound imaging would have previously proved to be difficult.

"Designed for use in emergency settings, the portable hand-held system can be easily positioned in different clinical environments and can image in less than 30 seconds."

"The system is lightweight and comes in a compact notebook format meaning its portability allows it to be used where there may be space constraints.

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"Its easy-to-use interface also allows clinicians to spend less time on the systems and more time with the patient."

Two new advanced technologies, Dynamic Persistence and patent-pending Auto Flash Artifact Suppression, are being introduced by the system that ensure sharp ultrasound images, regardless of patient and probe motion.

The technologies jointly work to help detect movements that affect image quality and automatically reduce noise, while simultaneously improving colour sensitivity for clear images.

It also includes high-performance imaging tools migrated from the company’s established Acuson S family of ultrasound systems, which include Advanced SieClear spatial compounding and Dynamic TCE tissue contrast enhancement technology for excellent 2D colour Doppler image quality.

The system measures 15in and weighs less than 8kg, with a battery that offers up to 60 minutes of imaging time, and its clear user interface features a highly sensitive touchscreen display with advanced infrared (IR) technology for accurate gesturing.

Image: Siemens’ new Acuson P500 ultrasound system, Frosk edition. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.