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Mindray’s Resona 7 color ultrasound imaging system peers into the body with unprecedented clarity

by Xilinx Employee on ‎07-12-2017 09:03 AM (34,586 Views)


Mindray, one of the world’s top medical ultrasound vendors, believes that the ZONE Sonography Technology (ZST+) in its cart-based Resona 7 premium color ultrasound system delivers unprecedented ultrasound imaging quality that help doctors non-invasively peer into their patients with much better clarity, which in turn helps them achieve a deeper understanding of the images and deliver better, more accurate diagnoses than was previously possible. According to the company, ZST+ takes medical ultrasound imaging from “conventional beamforming” to “channel data-based processing” that enhances images through advanced acoustic acquisition (10x faster than conventional line-by-line beamforming), dynamic pixel focusing (provides pixel uniformity from near field to far field), sound-speed compensation (allows for tissue variation), enhanced channel-data processing (improves image clarity), and total-recall imaging (permits retrospective processing of complete, captured data sets, further improving image clarity and reducing the need for repeated scanning).




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Mindray Resona 7 Premium Ultrasound System



Many of these advanced, real-time, ultrasound-processing and -imaging features are made possible by and implemented in a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA. For example, one of the advanced features enabled by ZST+ is “V Flow,” which can show blood flow direction and velocity using colored arrow overlays in an image with a refresh rate as fast as 600 images/sec. Here’s a mind-blowing, 6-second YouTube video by Medford Medical Solutions LLC showing just what this looks like:





Mindray V Flow Real-Time Ultrasound Blood-Flow Imaging



That’s a real-time blood flow and it’s the kind of high-performance, image-processing speed you can only achieve using programmable logic.


The Resona 7 system provides many advanced, ultrasound-imaging capabilities in addition to V Flow. Because of this broad capability spectrum, doctors are able to use the Resona series of medical ultrasound imaging machines in radiology applications—including abdominal imaging and imaging of small organs and blood vessels; vascular hemodymnamics evaluation; and obstetrics/gynecology applications including fetal CNS (central nervous system) imaging. (The fetal brain undergoes major developmental changes throughout pregnancy.) Resona 7 systems are also used for clinical medical research.



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Fetal 3D image generated by a Mindray Resona 7 Premium Ultrasound Imaging System




Since its founding, the company has continuously explored ways to improve diagnostic confidence in ultrasound imaging. The recently developed ZST+ collects the company’s latest imaging advances into one series of imaging systems. However, ZST+ is not “finished.” Mindray is constantly improving the component ZST+ technologies, having just released version 2.0 of the Resona 7’s operating software and that continuous improvement effort explains why Mindray selected Xilinx All Programmable technology in the form of a Kintex-7 FPGA, which permits the revision and enhancement of existing real-time features and the addition of new features through what is effectively a software upgrade. Because of this, Mindray calls ZST+ a “living technology” and believes that the Kintex-7 FPGA is the core of this living technology.



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  • Be sure to join the Xilinx LinkedIn group to get an update for every new Xcell Daily post! ******************** Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.