SoftVueTM Exam Process
Subtle recessed lighting contours the SoftVue™ system, with a rainbow of selectable colors to match décor and mood, while an integrated footstep and softly-curved arches for hand placements offer a secure and easy approach. SoftVue™ features a padded table-top allowing for comfort during the exam.
SoftVue™ has received FDA clearance for diagnostic imaging purposes and is not intended for use as a replacement for screening mammography.
Step One – The technologist assists the woman onto the table and helps position her on her stomach.
Step Two – Once on her stomach, one breast is suspended into a warm water reservoir.
Step Three – A soft gel guide, the Sequr™ Breast Interface, engages with the front of the breast to center, shape and steady it during the procedure.
Step Four – The volumetric ring transducer encircles the breast, imaging from the nipple to the chest wall in 2 millimeter intervals.
Step Five – Three distinct imaging volumes are created showing reflection, speed of sound, and attenuation.
Trifecta of Sound
Introducing a singularly unique approach in transducer design, SoftVue™ incorporates over 2000 transducer elements within a uniform ring configuration featuring TriAD™ triple acoustic detection. This remarkable imaging capability gathers not only reflected echoes, but quantifies the signals transmitted through the breast. The tomographic coronal image presentation delivers an unrivaled view of the structure of breast tissue, and depicts tissue attributes of sound speed and attenuation that can assist physicians in distinguishing normal tissue from areas of concern.
- Each transducer element emits and receives ultrasound signals in a sequenced 360° circular array surrounding the entire breast, scanning automatically from the nipple to the chest wall
- Image acquisition is conducted in 2mm increments as the transducer moves along the breast
- TriAD™ technology captures not only reflection echoes that define anatomic detail, but also the transmission signals passing through the tissue, quantifying sound speed and attenuation
- A coronal cross-section image set is presented of the entire breast, displayed in three volumetric image stacks for interpretation and comparison with other breast imaging studies
Reflection Sound Speed Attenuation
The Sequr™ Breast Interface is a central component of the SoftVue™ system and serves an essential function. This soft anatomically-formed guide engages with the front of the breast to center, shape and steady it during the imaging procedure. By adjusting the breast contour and stabilizing the breast tissue, this one-per-patient consumable assists with proper positioning of the breast and promotes efficiency during image acquisition.