The clinical product is the UltraVision XS which is a hand carry point of care medical ultrasonic scanner. The XS has a viewing screen (3000 x 1800 pixels) and a touch screen (1920 x 1080 pixels). Internally there is an eighth-generation Intel i7 processor (PC) running Microsoft’s Windows 10. The XS has 16 G Bytes of Random access memory and a 512 G Byte solid-state hard drive.
This commitment by UltraVision Corporation to use an industry-standard if one exists provides the user with a guarantee of nonobsolescence,
The touch screen also provides the user with software configurable knobs and controls that only appear when called for in a user interface that is the industry’s easiest to use.
In the heart of the system, there is a single, very large, 4 Billion transistor, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that connects all the ultrasound specific integrated circuits together so any future upgrades can be accomplished with only software.
The XS’s hardware is designed to accommodate Algorithms. An Algorithm is just software (or code) working with the configurable hardware (in the FPGA) which again is just code that we can download via the internet to produce the various modes used in ultrasound today and the new modes in development for tomorrow.
Being committed to industry standards the UltraVision XS can support any PC keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi connection, voice control and the myriad of devices. Even the transducer interface conforms to the ultrasound industry standard.
The UltraVision XS closes for transport into a 15 x 10 x 2-inch envelope protected but it’s solid machined aluminum case weighing only 12 lbs.
The Clinical System
The power of the UltraVision derived from the three processors that make up its unique design. An Intel i7 (PC), a graphics processing unit (GPU) and a very large Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which are in order of ascending computing speed and power.
The UltraVision engineers use the FPGA architecture to create wide data paths to enable pipe-lining and parallel processing which power and speed provide up to eight simultaneous beamformers, for faster frame rates and lower transmit rates, which reduces the patient’s exposure to ultrasound energy. This design of having all the data paths pass through the one single very large FPGA, which incorporates several billion transistors, allows changes for upgrades and new functionality to be reprogrammed with just software.
The Graphics Processing Unit is programmed in its own language, Direct X, and processed in parallel to the creation of UltraVision’s high-resolution images in real-time.
The Central Processing Unit is an Intel i7 PC which is operating in Windows 10. This is used for the user interface and controls the operation of buttons and controls on the touch screen. Widows brings with it the functionality of the internet for teleradiology, secure patient information and handling, and the ability to remotely reprogram and upgrade all devices.
The touch screen provides an intuitive user interface and the presets programmed by our consultant sonographers allows the user to attain excellent images within minutes of taking the system out of the box.
The system can be attached to a cart, or desktop-based and easily transported to the patient’s bed. Optional batteries allow operation anywhere.
Transducers are selected or designed for the application and then matched with presets that couple with the simple user interface.