This past week, we received our demo version of the Acuson P50 portable ultrasound system. We were excited to finally see this unit, and we took some images with revision 1 and revision 2 Acuson P50 ultrasound machines. I'm putting the images together and will have side-by-side images on the blog shortly. The major change in Revision 2 is the addition of SieClear spatial compound imaging as well as important cardiac imaging improvements ... ie: image quality in cardiac is much improved. We'll post these images later this week.
SieClear is the Acuson/Siemens equivalent of technologies such as CrossXBeam (GE) or SonoCT (Philips/ATL). When it's added to SieVision (Speckle Reduction), imaging of tissue and vessels is much improved in revision 2.
Additionally, one of the main issues in the past was the image quality in the cardiac applications. Revision 2 is definitely an improvement on penetration and overall image quality. We compared revisions on cardiac, as well, and there was definitely a very solid improvement, particularly in color Doppler, penetration and wall definition. We like it MUCH better over the first version of the P50. Stay tuned for some carotid comparison images.