Ultrasound-guidance supports successful biopsies, reduces procedure times


March 25, 2014 - Ultrasound is becoming the imaging modality of choice for biopsies and ablation as it is more cost-effective reduces radiation exposure to the patient and clinician.

Designed to enhance the safety and accuracy of ultrasound-guided biopsies, Toshiba is presenting Smart Fusion ultrasound technology at this year’s Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting, March 22-27, 2014, in San Diego.

Smart Fusion syncs previously acquired CT and MR images with live ultrasound side by side on a single screen, helping to locate lesions and aiding in ultrasound-guided procedures. Toshiba’s Smart Fusion is easy to use, with the most intuitive user setup available. Smart Fusion is available on Toshiba’s premier ultrasound system, Aplio 500. The Aplio 500 offers industry-leading depth and detail, as well as efficient and precise exams with enhanced workflow tools and ergonomics, including the iStyle+ Productivity Suite.

“Smart Fusion has allowed us to save patients from getting open surgical biopsies and increased our confidence in identifying the right lesion accurately, safely and quickly,” said Van Young, MD, interventional radiologist, St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We’ve seen procedure times decrease from 30 to 15 minutes because of the ability to find smaller and difficult-to-access lesions during ultrasound-guided biopsies. Another significant benefit of Smart Fusion is reducing dose to patients and physicians by lowering the number of CT-only guided biopsies.”


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