The other new features of the iE33 xMATRIX ultrasound system include 2D and 3D image quality utilising a single transducer, near acquisition of 3D volumes, new 3D workflow tools and visualised color Doppler flow pattern during 3D exams.

In addition to the X5-1, the iRotate feature helps clinicians in obtaining 2D views, such as apical two-chamber and helps to complete an entire stress echo protocol from the standard windows following peak exertion without rotating the X5-1 transducer.

The iE33 xMATRIX ultrasound system also offers a 3D stress echo solution that can be incorporated with conventional 2D stress echo.

Clinicians can then use the system’s advanced iSlice software to obtain short axis views of the heart’s apex which is the additional clinical information that is not routinely obtained by ultrasound.

Philips said that the system enables expanded cardiac-related diagnostic capabilities related to ischemic disease detection, structural heart disease assessment, as well as systolic and diastolic heart failure and arrhythmia.

Philips Healthcare vice president and Ultrasound interim general manager Andrew Hatt said that the new iE33 xMATRIX ultrasound system represents a significant breakthrough in ultrasound technology that gives clinicians new diagnostic tools and helps them examine patients more quickly.

“In addition, clinicians who have experienced scanning fatigue will appreciate that the X5-1 transducer combines the ergonomics of 2D transducers with the three-dimensional technology they need, to make the most informed patient care decisions possible,” Hatt said.