iE33 Echocardiogram 

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett announced today that it has acquired the iE33 cardiac ultrasound system from Philips Medical Systems.  This system will provide the hospital’s patients and physicians with a state-of-the-art echocardiography system.

The iE33 system features Live 3D Echo imaging, a real-time view of the heart that allows patients to view the beating heart as if they were holding it in their hands. Automated image optimization technologies and on-board 2D and 3D cardiac quantification and measurement functionality can facilitate quicker, less costly diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

“Ultrasound imaging is hugely beneficial because it is a non-invasive way to look inside the body,” said Susan Musgrove, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett cardiac services director. “With the new Philips system, we are acquiring a high level of diagnostic information and can provide answers for our patients more quickly and easily. Plus, results from the ultrasound exam often reduce the need for more invasive procedures.”

The iE33 is referred to as an “intelligent” system because it is designed to adapt to the sonographer’s exam needs, making their job faster, easier, and less physically taxing.
The iE33 system features an adjustable, articulating flat screen LCD monitor that can be positioned so that it can be viewed from almost any direction. This also allows patients the ability to see images during scanning. The system can be operated by intelligent voice-command when the sonographer is in tight quarters or needs both hands for scanning. A highly moveable control panel increases the sonographers’ flexibility to work around the patient.

Because it can be used in the most delicate conditions without major side effects, ultrasound has become one of the most popular diagnostic methods among both patients and physicians. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce moving images of the body’s internal soft tissue structures. It provides a safe, fast and relatively painless means of diagnostic imaging on an outpatient basis.