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Procedure to detect fetal heart defects is first automated use of 3-D ultrasound
Date:12/7/2007

angled views of other planes of the heart. If one plane is unobtainable by conventional sonography on the moving fetus, diagnosis is extremely difficult, Abuhamad said.

Abuhamads protocol automates the acquisition of images to display the planes that are needed for a complete ultrasound evaluation of the fetal heart.

Even for well-trained personnel, manipulation of these planes can be difficult to perform, particularly with relatively complex anatomic organs such as the fetal heart, said Abuhamad.

This proprietary SonoVCAD technology displays all of the 2D planes, which complies with the recommended standard screening exam of the fetal heart, as outlined by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). This includes identification of the four-chamber, left outflow tract and right outflow tract views of the fetal heart.

With the software, an ultrasound clinician identifies a standard starting point, for the four-chamber view of the fetal heart. Abuhamad has created algorithms that allow the other planes to be generated from that four-chamber view. Those views allow physicians to identify the type and severity of fetal heart defects.

With the insight of healthcares top physicians, GE is developing innovative ultrasound systems that address some of todays most pressing healthcare issues, said Terri Bresenham, vice president of GE Healthcares Diagnostic Ultrasound and IT business. The Voluson E8 is yet another example of ultrasounds potential to unlock the future of advanced imaging by helping detect diseases early, when they can be more effectively treated.

SonoVCAD introduces standardization into ultrasound imaging and helps to reduce the risk of operator exam misinterpretation. By simplifying the technical aspects associated
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Contact: Doug Gardner
gardneda@evms.edu
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Source:Eurekalert

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