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Ultrasonix Medical Corporation | Date: 2012-05-16

A method for configuring an ultrasound system for an examination comprises displaying a plurality of examination categories for selection by a user, receiving a user-selected examination category, identifying any probes connected to the ultrasound system, determining which of the connected probes are suitable for the user-selected examination category, for each suitable connected probe, displaying an indication identifying the suitable connected probe for selection by the user, receiving a user-selected probe identification, and, activating a selected probe indicated by the user-selected probe identification for data acquisition.


Patent
Ultrasonix Medical Corporation | Date: 2012-08-02

A patient monitoring system has one or more ultrasound devices that monitor patients. The ultrasound devices can communicate to a central station by way of a wireless data communication network. Ultrasound images acquired by the ultrasound devices may be displayed at the central station. Alarms may be generated based upon conditions detected by the ultrasound devices. An ultrasound device may have a strap that permits it to be held in place with a transducer against the skin of a subject to permit ultrasound observation of the subject either continuously or intermittently over an extended period.


Patent
Ultrasonix Medical Corporation | Date: 2012-05-21

A handheld ultrasound device is provided, having a transducer assembly for emitting and receiving sonic signals, a configurable signal processing unit, and a data processor configured to provide configuration data to the signal processing unit. The configuration data defines a beamforming configuration, filtering configuration and envelope detection configuration for an operational mode. The operational mode may be selected by the user or may be determined based on a detected type of the transducer assembly.


Patent
Ultrasonix Medical Corporation | Date: 2011-02-04

Apparatus and methods for measuring and analyzing blood flow in vessels in the bodies of living subjects are provided. The true velocity vector, or a projection thereof onto a scan plane, for blood flowing at a location in a vessel is determined from multiple Doppler velocity components. The true velocity vector is displayed as a directional marker on an image comprising the vessel. The true velocity magnitude and angle, and scalar blood flow characteristics derived therefrom, are plotted as a functions of time and/or position across the depiction of the blood vessel in the image. Time intervals for which blood flow characteristic data is displayed and/or determined may be user configurable.


Khallaghi S.,University of British Columbia | Leung C.G.M.,Ultrasonix Medical Corporation | Hastrudi-Zaad K.,Queens University | Foroughi P.,Johns Hopkins University | And 2 more authors.
Medical Physics | Year: 2012

Purpose: In image-guided therapy, real-time visualization of the anatomy and adjustments in the therapy plan due to anatomical motions during the procedure is of outmost importance. 3D ultrasound has the potential to enable this real-time monitoring; however, nonrigid registration of a sequence of 3D ultrasound volumes remains to be a challenging problem. The authors present our recent results on the development of a computationally inexpensive feature-based registration algorithm for elastic alignment of dynamic-3D ultrasound images. Methods: Our algorithm uses attribute vectors, based on the image intensity and gradient information, to perform feature-based matching in a sequence of 3D ultrasound images. Prior information from both the fixed and previous moving images is utilized to track features throughout the 3D image series. The algorithm has been compared to various publicly available registration techniques, i.e., the B-splines deformable registration, the symmetric forces Demons, and the fast free-form deformable registration method. Results: Using a series of validation experiments on datasets collected from carotid artery, liver, and kidney of 20 subjects, the authors demonstrate that the feature-based, B-splines, Demons, and fast free-form deformable registration techniques can all recover volume deformations in a 3D ultrasound image series with reasonable accuracy; however, the proposed feature-based registration technique has substantial computational advantage over the other approaches. Conclusions: The proposed feature-based registration technique has the potential for real-time implementation on a computationally inexpensive platform and has the capability of recovering nonrigid deformations in tissue with reasonable accuracy. © 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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