Philips raises the bar for medical imaging through the launch of upgraded ultrasound system

May 11, 2012

Philips, a world leader in healthcare solutions, is raising the bar for medical imaging with the Philippine launch of its latest ultrasound system—the iU22 xMatrix with Vision 2012 upgrade. The technology delivers enhanced ultrasound image quality, allowing doctors to gather more precise information and give more confident diagnoses.

“As a health and well-being company, Philips is committed to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovations,” says Dr. Joel Beltran, General Manager of Philips Healthcare in the Philippines. “The Vision 2012 upgrade builds on our previous breakthroughs on medical imaging and improves ultrasound image quality immensely, thus helping doctors to better examine and diagnose their patients.”

The Vision 2012 features next generation 2D, 3D and 4D performance enhancements as well as an array of high-level imaging functions.

The Auto Doppler capability automates repetitive manual tasks to speed up and simplify standard vascular exams, while the Philips Fetal Heart Navigator allows doctors to acquire the fetal heart volume in as little as two seconds. “Expectant mothers can see different shots of their unborn child’s heart using this technology,” Dr. Richard Barr, President of United States-based Radiology Consultants, Inc., explains.

The Vascular Plaque Quantification (VPQ) on the other hand is a non-invasive tool that uses 3D technology to examine the arteries and determine whether or not a patient is at risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease.

Since the current methods for predicting cardiovascular diseases are not very accurate, the Philips VPQ may prove to be a valuable tool in determining who is at risk and to aid in prevention.

Dr. Barr adds that the technology will give a significant boost to the country’s medical technology capabilities. “Filipino patients can now expect less invasive methods that are simpler yet more precise, giving them more peace of mind—and more accurate test results—during their checkups.”

With the iU22 xMatrix with Vision 2012 upgrade, Filipino patients can now expect less invasive methods that are simpler yet more precise, giving them more peace of mind—and more accurate test results—during their checkups. (From left to right: Philips distributor partner Medical One President Wilbur Canonigo, Philips Healthcare Philippines General Manager Joel Beltran, MD, Dr. Richard Barr, Philips Ultrasound specialist Toni Sinclair, and Philips Healthcare’s William Kok.

For further information, please contact:

Nini Icban
Corporate Communications
Philips Electronics and Lighting, Inc.
Tel: +63917 565 9733


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