Socionext shows sensor-to-cloud, hand-held medical ultrasound

November 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Socionext – the Fujitsu/Panasonic joint venture – has built its SoC VLSI silicon into a completely portable, cableless, compact device and cloud system, offering excellent usability for mobile ultrasound imaging. The company will show “viewphii” for ultrasound imaging at the MEDICA exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, November 16-19.

Socionext has miniaturised a conventional ultrasound imaging machine for medical use down to passport size and made it completely cableless. It has been designed with Socionext’s leading-edge System LSI technologies. Such technologies include multiple analogue switches which can minimise transmission signal loss, various filtering techniques to eliminate noise and a high performance A/D converter which significantly reduces power consumption.

The “viewphii” solution is composed of three elements, all of which have been developed by Socionext: a hand-held device, a tablet application to monitor image data, and a cloud system to save the acquired data. The “viewphii” provides B-mode functions using a linear probe and the handheld device is claimed as the smallest and lightest such device available, the first to be truly portable and cableless; and to offer the longest operation time with built-in battery

As the device is lightweight and battery-operated, it can be used outdoors or indoors. Any part of the body can be freely scanned with this cableless device. The whole solution, with the tablet application and cloud system, offers virtually no waiting time, and allows users to utilise the measurement data anywhere, anytime.

Socionext believes the "viewphii" solution can provide many opportunities for partners enabling them to start up their businesses smoothly as well as bringing new exciting services to end customers quickly. The company intends to expand into new business areas, such as medical, healthcare and self-medication.

Socionext; socionext.com