The SoftVue™ System
Trifecta of Sound
Introducing a singularly unique approach in transducer design, SoftVue incorporates over 2000 transducer elements within a uniform ring configuration featuring TriAD triple acoustic detection. This remarkable imaging capability gathers not only reflected echoes, but quantifies the signals transmitted through the breast. The tomographic coronal image presentation delivers an unrivaled view of the structure of breast tissue, and depicts tissue attributes of sound speed and attenuation that can assist physicians in distinguishing normal tissue from areas of concern.
Clinical evidence has demonstrated, that when combined with standard mammography, SoftVue enhances dense breast screening and identifies up to 20% more cancers with greater accuracy, and increases specificity by 8% at the BIRADS 3 threshold, potentially decreasing unnecessary biopsies for women with dense breasts.
Identifies up to 20% more cancers with greater accuracy
Increases specificity by 8% at the BIRADS 3 threshold
Dynamic Display of Breast Tissue Structure
Measurable Change in Speed of Sound Moving Through Breast Tissue
Quantitative Variance in Sound Signal Interacting with Breast Tissue
Each transducer element emits and receives ultrasound signals in a sequenced 360° circular array surrounding the entire breast, scanning automatically from the nipple to the chest wall
Image acquisition is conducted in 2 mm increments as the transducer moves along the breast
TriAD technology captures not only reflection echoes that define anatomic detail, but also the transmission signals passing through the tissue, quantifying sound speed and attenuation
A coronal cross-section image set is presented of the entire breast, displayed in volumetric image stacks
SoftVue™ Image Sequences
Four volumetric image stacks are provided for interpretation and comparison with other breast imaging studies
Sound Speed in combination with reflection lowers the visibility of fat and to enhance the remaining tissues.
Measurable change in Speed of Sound moving through breast tissue.
Dynamic display of breast tissue structure.
Attenuation in combination with sound speed provides relative differences in tissue stiffness.
Reflection and Sound Speed images are included in the final image stack as direct outputs of the image acquisition process.
The backscatter signal of reflection and transmitted signal of sound speed are used to create the Wafer output image that is included in the final image stack. This sequence suppresses the appearance of fat to accentuate the appearance of tissues and masses.
A Stiffness Fusion image is included in the final image stack and is a combination of the sound speed and attenuation signals and replaces the attenuation stack in the final image output. It provides relative differences in tissue stiffness.
These stacks are designed to optimize SoftVue’s tissue-specific imaging and provide the inputs for interpretation on the workstation.
14-bit data resolution
Beam overlap of .5mm
2048 transducer elements
.7 mm image resolution
22 cm diameter
Moves in 2mm increments
2.5 mm beam thickness