Medical Technologies: Hitachi redefines surgical ultrasound

Friday, 12 September, 2014

Hitachi Aloka, the world’s longest serving manufacturer of diagnostic ultrasound systems, is also the innovator of some of the most important developments of ultrasound technology.
The history of Hitachi Aloka began in 1950 when the medical equipment department of Japan Radio Company became the independent company, Medical and Physical Institute Co., Ltd.
In 1960, Hitachi Aloka developed the world’s first commercially available black and white diagnostic ultrasound system. The next ground-breaking innovation was equally as profound. The introduction of real time Colour Flow Doppler in 1984 was world changing technology that has become a standard technique in diagnostic medical imaging today.
Understanding the need to evaluate tissue stiffness, Hitachi Aloka developed, and hold the patent to, Real Time Tissue Elastography. The technique is a powerful adjunct to ultrasound breast imaging and enables the physician to clearly differentiate tissue of differing density. By palpating the tissue with the transducer, tissue hardening and tumors are colour coded and displayed alongside the black and white image enabling easy visualization of the tissue structure. Elastography is now also being used in surgical applications such as liver surgery.
In March 2011, The Hitachi Medical Corporation, completed its acquisition of Aloka Co Ltd (of Japan) and the new company Hitachi Aloka Medical Ltd, consolidated their considerable wealth of experience and research facilities to commence a new generation of premium ultrasound systems.
In 2014 the company proudly welcomes ARIETTA, the first offspring in the new Hitachi Aloka family. With new digital beamformers and transducer technology, image quality has taken on a new definition.
Medical Technologies has been the exclusive distributor of Hitachi Aloka ultrasound systems in Australia and New Zealand for 10 years. With more than 60 years of combined in house experience of diagnostic ultrasound, together with factory trained support engineers and applications specialists, Hitachi Aloka surgical ultrasound in your theatre is a safe long term investment.
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