PEABODY, Mass., May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Analogic Corporation (Nasdaq:ALOG), enabling the world's medical imaging and aviation security technology, announced today that it will showcase its full suite of ultrasound imaging solutions, which offer clinicians a potentially faster and easier way to maximize ultrasound performance in urology and renal imaging, at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, May 4-8, in San Diego. Specifically, the Company will highlight the industry-leading BK Medical-branded Flex Focus™ 800 and 500 ultrasound systems, with the groundbreaking Quantum Technology™. In addition, the Company will showcase the Ultrasonix-branded SonixTablet™ and SonixTouch® systems.
Analogic Ultrasound will also co-sponsor a live surgery performed by James R. Porter, M.D., of Swedish Medical Center, on Wednesday, May 8, during the AUA Annual Meeting. Dr. Porter will perform a robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy utilizing the Flex Focus 800 system for advanced robotic ultrasound guidance.
"The Flex Focus ultrasound system is the gold standard for ultrasound imaging, for both 2D and color Doppler, during robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy," said Dr. Porter. "One of the major advantages of the ProART™ robotic transducer is that the surgeon no longer needs to rely on an assistant for ultrasound imaging. Another is that imaging capabilities and flexibility are greatly improved. If an organization is serious about and planning on a high volume of robotic-assisted surgeries, investing in this technology is the right move."
The Flex Focus 800 is a premium performance, highly efficient system incorporating Quantum Technology and compatible with all of the BK Medical-branded transducers. The system is ideally suited for surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery, high-end urology, and general imaging. The Flex Focus 500 is the high-end system in Analogic's ultrasound product offerings, which also features Quantum Technology. This portable system is powerful and well suited for a busy practice utilizing ultrasound for urology and general imaging needs.
Analogic Ultrasound's Quantum Technology incorporates unique Vector Flow Imaging* (VFI) mode, enabling angle independent visualization of blood flow, with sensitive color Doppler and spatial resolution. Both the Flex Focus 500 and 800 ultrasound systems have VFI as an option. Key benefits also include tissue harmonic imaging for difficult-to-image patients, and the ultrasound systems are available with a comprehensive range of specialized transducers that assist in addressing the clinical challenges of urologic and general imaging procedures.
Analogic Ultrasound also offers the premium performance BK Medical Pro Focus UltraView 800 ultrasound system, with Quantum Technology and VFI option, that is compatible with all of the BK Medical-branded transducers and well suited for surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery, high-end urology, and general imaging. The UltraView 800 system also has contrast imaging capabilities** as a purchasable option. The Flex Focus 400 ultrasound system, a mid-range urology system for community hospitals and larger clinical practices, is also available.
"Analogic is dedicated to providing leading-edge ultrasound solutions to the urology community," said Lars Shaw, vice president of global marketing. "In addition to our premium performance systems, we will also be showing our Ultrasonix-branded SonixTouch and SonixTablet touch screen ultrasound systems, which offer innovation and value for busy private clinics and offices."
The SonixTouch and SonixTablet ultrasound systems feature a customizable touch screen that only displays the controls relevant to the procedure at hand. The SonixTouch is a cart-based system with a small footprint. The SonixTablet is a compact ultrasound system with a large 19" high-resolution touch screen that can be placed on any flat surface, mounted to a wall, or placed on a cart. Both systems include Internet connectivity allowing immediate remote service if necessary.
Analogic's BK Medical and Ultrasonix branded suite of ultrasound solutions will be featured in booth #1933 during the AUA Annual Meeting. To view the live robotic partial nephrectomy performed by Dr. Porter, please visit the Plenary Room in Hall A in the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Analogic (Nasdaq:ALOG) provides leading-edge healthcare and security technology solutions to advance the practice of medicine and save lives. We are recognized around the world for advanced imaging systems and technology that enable computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, digital mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as automated threat detection for aviation security. Our CT, MRI, digital mammography, and ultrasound transducer products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), providing state-of-the-art capability and enabling them to enter new markets and expand their existing market presence. Our market-leading BK Medical and Ultrasonix branded ultrasound systems, used in procedure-driven markets such as urology, surgery, and point-of-care, are sold to clinical end users through our direct sales force. For over 40 years we've enabled customers to thrive, improving the health and enhancing the safety of people around the world. Analogic is headquartered just north of Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.analogic.com.
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*VFI is not licensed by Health Canada
**Contrast imaging capabilities are FDA cleared for cardiac applications only.