It appears as though Siemens has released its successor to the Acuson Cypress with the release of the P50, a MACINTOSH-based laptop cardio-vascular ultrasound machine. It seems Siemens is joining the masses (indluding myself) of going with the Macintosh platform.
This new ultrasound includes full C/V and stress echo and should be released next month in the United States. Hopefully they will be showing it at the RSNA show next week.
I will be attending the RSNA show this year and I plan on taking a look and making some reports on the new stuff coming out. Unfortunately, it appears SonoSite won't be at the show demonstrating its M-Turbo, S-Nerve, S-FAST and other new products, so I'll take a look at what's new from the other manufacturers, including this Siemens P50. I imagine GE will show off some of its new cool stuff as well. I'll update next week with anything that's new and cool. The article for the P50 is quoted below. As usual, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at my email address.
Quoted from http://www.auntminnie.com/index.asp?Sec=sup&Sub=ult&Pag=dis&ItemId=78813&wf=1:
Siemens Medical Solutions of Malvern, PA, launched a new laptop-based ultrasound scanner, Acuson P50, at the Medica meeting in Germany earlier this month.
P50 weighs slightly more than 5 kg and is designed for mobile applications in cardiology, as well as vascular applications in the operating room and anesthesiology departments. The scanner can also be used as a standard Internet-enabled PC that runs commonly used Microsoft Office applications, according to Siemens.
Siemens is touting the scanner's B-mode and color Doppler resolution, and the system includes an integrated stress-echo function. It also supports several cardiology application packages, including syngo Vector Velocity Imaging (VVI) and syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP), which can be used to determine a patient's age.
P50 has up to two hours of battery life, and is based on an Apple MacBook laptop with 2 GB of RAM, 160-GB hard disk, and 2.0-GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium M processor. The scanner has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and deliveries will begin in December.