Cephasonics debuts new ultrasound unit

Ultrasound technology and subsystems developer Cephasonics has introduced a new ultracompact ultrasound scanner, cQuest Dragonfly.

The scanner will be showcased at the upcoming Medica 2013 held in Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as at RSNA 2013 in Chicago.

The system measures 5 x 4.5 x 2 inches and weighs 2 lb. Two typical indications for the product are small point-of-care appliances for clinical applications and wearable wireless ultrasound devices for both medical and industrial applications, Cephasonics said.

The cQuest Dragonfly platform is a product family of ultracompact, complete 32- or 64-channel embedded-ultrasound systems that support up to 192-element probes. The included cQuest Ultrasound application programming interface (API) software allows customers to develop ultrasound-based products from portable standalone imagers to application-specific appliances to adding ultrasound capability to existing equipment in medical and industrial applications.

The system hardware includes all the ultrasound-specific front-end transmit and receive analog, digital, and power circuitry, the company said.

First shipments are scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014. Other members of the Dragonfly suite will be rolled out in the first half of 2014, Cephasonics said.

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