Trifecta of Sound

Introducing a singularly unique approach in transducer design, SoftVue™ incorporates over 2000 transducer elements within a uniform ring configuration featuring TriAD™ triple acoustic detection. This remarkable imaging capability gathers not only reflected echoes, but quantifies the signals transmitted through the breast. The tomographic coronal image presentation delivers an unrivaled view of the structure of breast tissue, and depicts tissue attributes of sound speed and attenuation that can assist physicians in distinguishing normal tissue from areas of concern.

 

Reflection

Dynamic Display of Breast Tissue Structure

Sound Speed

Measurable Change in Speed of Sound Moving Through Breast Tissue

Attenuation

Quantitative Variance in Sound Signal Interacting with Breast Tissue

  • Each transducer element emits and receives ultrasound signals in a sequenced 360° circular array surrounding the entire breast, scanning automatically from the nipple to the chest wall

  • Image acquisition is conducted in 2.5 mm increments as the transducer moves along the breast

  • TriAD™ technology captures not only reflection echoes that define anatomic detail, but also the transmission signals passing through the tissue, quantifying sound speed and attenuation

  • A coronal cross-section image set is presented of the entire breast, displayed in volumetric image stacks
Wafer

Sound Speed in combination with the reflection lowers the visibility of fat and to enhance the remaining tissues

Sound Speed

Measurable Change in Speed of Sound Moving Through Breast Tissue

Reflection

Dynamic Display of Breast Tissue Structure

Stiffness Fusion

Attenuation in combination with sound speed provides relative differences in tissue stiffness

SoftVueTM Image Sequences

Four volumetric image stacks are provided for interpretation and comparison with other breast imaging studies.

Reflection and sound speed images are included in the final image stack as direct outputs of the image acquisition process.

The backscatter signal of reflection and transmitted signal of sound speed are used to create the Wafer output image that is included in the final image stack.

A Stiffness Fusion image is included in the final image stack and is a combination of the reflection and attenuation signals and replaces the attenuation stack in the final image output. It provide relative differences in tissue stiffness.

These stacks are designed to optimize SoftVue’s tissue specific imaging and provide the inputs for interpretation on the workstation.

Transducer Design

  • 14-bit data resolution
  • Beam overlap of .5mm
  • 2048 transducer elements
  • .7 mm image resolution
  • 512 channels
  • 22 cm diameter
  • Moves in 2mm increments
  • 2.5 mm beam thickness