Konica – Sonimage HS2


The SONIMAGE HS2 is a Point-of-Care portable ultrasound system designed to support a wide range of applications and patient types. Konica Minolta’s advanced technology features provide high resolution image quality and efficient workflow for daily clinical practice.

Simple Needle Visualization (SNV)

Available for both in-plane and out-of-plane approaches

Generally, the ultrasound-guided procedure has two needling approaches. One is an in-plane approach where the needle moves parallelly to the image plane. The other approach is out-of-plane where it moves across the image plane. In the in-plane approach, especially when it comes to the steep needling, the sensitivity of the needle in B-mode images becomes weaker due to a lack of reflection signals from it. In an out-of-plane approach, it is difficult to find the timing when the needle passes through the image plane. Our SNV is available for both approaches by introducing our original technique.

Achieves “steep needling” visualization
As described above, the sensitivity of the needle becomes weaker especially in steep needling cases. To compensate for that, our SNV introduced the multi-frame analysis to detect needle motion. the needle motion helps enhance needle sensitivity, especially in the case of steep needling. through this technique, SNV achieves the “steep needling” visualization.

Keeps the original B-mode image quality
B-mode image quality is highly required for safety needling. The conventional visualization based on the ultrasound beam steering degrades the original B-mode image with its artifacts and it also limits the range of the field of view.

Our SNV can detect needle motion by introducing multi-frame analysis. This technique allows us to keep the original B-mode image quality and also visualize the needle. Users are not hindered by any artifacts or range limitations of the field of view.