With an aim to provide comprehensive information of advanced ultrasound technology and applications, Siemens cooperated with Vietnam Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City’s Medical University Center to organize the symposiums on ARFI-Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging. The events were held in Hanoi on February 28th, 2012 and in Ho Chi Minh City on March 1st, 2012. The invited lecturer was Dr Kai Wen Huang from Department of Surgery & Hepatitis Research Center, National Taiwan University Hospital. There were 200 professors, doctors working in the fields of radiology, digestion and liver throughout the country attending this event.
Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) is a new tissue strain imaging technology that utilizes sound waves to interrogate the mechanical stiffness properties of tissue. Siemens has developed the second generation of ARFI named Virtual Touch technology on ACUSON S2000 ultrasound system that helps physicians to increase the precision in diagnosis of liver, thyroid and breast diseases.
At the workshop, invited speakers shared with local radiologists their knowledge and experiences on the latest ARFI technologies and outstanding clinical applications. The scientific presentations were valuable in defining the role of ARFI in strain imaging, especially the non-invasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis. In addition, live demonstrations on Siemens ACUSON S2000 were performed by Siemens Ultrasound Application Specialist to showcase the latest strain imaging technologies including eSie Touch, Virtual Touch™ Tissue Imaging, Virtual Touch™ Tissue Quantification.
“We highly appreciate the initiative of Siemens in the organization of this workshop with an aim to update the latest ultrasound technology to local radiologists. The Siemens ACUSON S2000 ultrasound system was put into operation one month ago at our hospital and we are very happy with the features and the benefits of the system. It is very efficient in staging the liver fibrosis, especially for obese patients. In addition, it enables us to diagnose and stage the lesions of digestive system, breast and thyroid accurately with a cost effectiveness compared with CT scanning.” said Dr. Nguyen Quang Thai Duong, Vice Director of Imaging Diagnostics Department, Ho Chi Minh City Medical University Center.
“Siemens understands that a key aspect of the healthcare development is to provide the necessary training and best practices sharing for the local healthcare professionals and users so that customers can take full advantages of the hi-end systems in routine applications. Siemens continues to commit to this development with the aim to provide the best healthcare products & solutions to help hospitals and clinics operate not only with highest diagnostics quality but also efficiently and at minimal cost.” said Mr. Fabrice Leguet, Director of Healthcare Sector of Siemens Vietnam.