SonoSite Announces CE Mark for the World’s First Ultrasound Kiosk, the
SonoSite's X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk integrates advanced signal processing for
high-resolution imaging, 3D animated clinical guides, and a cutting-edge
multi-gesture user interface—all first-ever innovations in point-of-care
BOTHELL, Wash. -- September 5, 2013
FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., specialists in designing cutting-edge ultrasound
tools and world-leading education for access to point-of-care visualization,
today announced CE mark approval for its newest generation of point-of-care
ultrasound: the X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk. Available in a stationary or a
detachable use model, SonoSite will begin shipping the X-Porte kiosk effective
SonoSite's X-Porte Ultrasound Kiosk. (Photo: Business Wire)
SonoSite's X-Porte Ultrasound Kiosk. (Photo: Business Wire)
"This is a major accomplishment for SonoSite and a defining moment in the next
phase of our innovation strategy," says SonoSite President and CEO Kevin M.
Goodwin. "Once again, our engineering team has achieved the creation of a
remarkable new tool built from the ground up.”
The X-Porte kiosk is an important milestone in SonoSite’s ongoing effort to
improve access to point-of-care ultrasound visualization. The kiosk was
created to serve a broad spectrum of users, from novice to advanced, and
represents an entirely new design and use paradigm for ultrasound.
The foundational advancement behind X-Porte is a new imaging technology never
before used in ultrasound systems: SonoSite's proprietary Extreme Definition
Imaging^TM (XDI) technology.
XDI was created following 35 years of applied ultrasound research by the
company’s Chief Technology Officer, JJ Hwang. XDI significantly reduces visual
clutter from side-lobe artifacts that affect all ultrasound imaging regardless
of system size. "I believe this reduction in visual clutter sets a new bar in
point-of-care image quality,” says Hwang, who describes the XDI technology as
“an entirely new way to create an ultrasound image. It allows the user to
realize much higher resolution."
To maximize the utility of the XDI technology, X-Porte delivers optimum
usability and interoperability through its groundbreaking visual learning
guides. The kiosk integrates high-resolution ultrasound imaging synchronously
with 3D animations that enable “any user, any time of day” to make the most of
the operating the technology. These learning modules can be used
simultaneously with live scanning to optimize in-the-moment performance and
user consistency. Goodwin states, "The design genesis is aimed at enabling any
and all members of a healthcare team—nurses, mid-level providers, and even a
physician-hospital administrator—to be empowered to take advantage of
X-Porte's high-performance visualization.”
SonoSite partnered with world-leading product designers and experts in
advanced automotive animation modeling and distance medical learning. To
ensure maximized clinical efficacy, a consortium of expert physician educators
contributed their expertise for each 3D application module.
The team was led by Henry Ford Hospital Chair of Surgery Scott Dulchavsky, MD,
PhD, who has pioneered medical training tutorials for astronauts. Dulchavsky
states, “We were excited to partner with SonoSite in taking this evolutionary
step in real-time learning. X-Porte represents the successful convergence of
our expertise in advanced animated tutorials with the latest in consumer-like
ultrasound design. This is a great step forward onto the frontier of
visualization through innovative point-of-care ultrasound education.”
SonoSite’s User-Experience Design Team also designed a unique, multi-touch,
gesture-driven user interface comparable to those found in the consumer world.
With personalization capability by any user, controls can be repositioned with
the glide of a hand and without keys or buttons.
The highly cleanable, sealed user interface was designed with minimal crevices
to facilitate optimal infection control. The glass surface has been tested
against incidental spills and allows cleaning with a wide range of
disinfectants without deteriorating the surface over time.
X-Porte was designed for optimizing user workflow and varied environments,
with adjustable height and gesture-driven touchpad for use in a standing or
sitting position. The kiosk's slender profile lends itself to easy navigation
down corridors and alongside patient beds; it has a detachable use option for
low-footprint environments. The X-Porte ultrasound core can be easily detached
from the kiosk as well as simply upgraded though straightforward software
updates or an engine exchange.
As with all SonoSite ultrasound systems, X-Porte comes standard with an
industry-leading five-year warranty.
Goodwin further commented that SonoSite engineers worked side-by-side with
hundreds of clinicians from the frontlines of medicine worldwide. "We combined
their many insights with the most innovative consumer technologies available
today, then we blended in our own inspiration from key engineers at our
company," he says.
To request more information about the X-Porte ultrasound kiosk, visit
About FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.
SonoSite helped pioneer the concept of portable, point-of-care ultrasound, and
it continues to be a world-leading manufacturer and innovator of bedside
ultrasound systems as well as an industry leader in ultra high-frequency
micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is
represented by 26 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100
countries. SonoSite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of
ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing
high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. For more
information, go to: www.sonosite.com.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and
leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic
imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic
arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast
portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating
technologies. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good
corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit
Pending 510(k) clearance. X-Porte is not available for sale in the United
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