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Hitachi Aloka Medical Releases Noblus, Advanced Versatile Ultrasound With Flexible Style

ZUG, Switzerland, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

At ECR 2013, 7 - 11 March, Vienna, Hitachi Medical Systems Europe will for the first time in Europe be showcasing Noblus, an advanced versatile and compact ultrasound platform.


Ultrasound imaging plays an essential part in medical diagnosis throughout today's healthcare environment. With its premium features and large user-friendly display, the new Noblus from Hitachi Aloka Medical was developed as a diagnostic ultrasound platform that can be used in many different clinical settings for a wide variety of examinations.

The Noblus is designed in the form of a laptop PC with an optional cart, bringing a flexibility of style optimising its use, whether on a desk in the consultation room, at the patient bedside in ICU, or in an emergency room. As a winner of the Good Design Award 2012, the quality of its design has already been acknowledged by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Although compact in design, Noblus has premium features that can be exploited in many different applications, including Real-time Tissue Elastography*, a premium feature previously found only on larger cart-based systems, which is used to assess the relative elasticity of tissue, providing increased diagnostic confidence in the benign or malignant nature of lesions in the breast, thyroid, prostate, gastrointestinal tract, and many others.

Product Features

Premium performance

  • Migrated from high-end HI VISION systems, Hitachi Aloka's unique Ultra BE*, the digital signal circuit dedicated to ultrasound processing, brings reliable diagnostic performance and premium image quality to the Noblus;
  • The system is equipped with functions for detailed evaluations including Real-time Tissue Elastography, software for contrast agent imaging, 4D examinations;
  • Noblus has its own dedicated range of smart connector transducers for standard applications, and is compatible with many transducers from the HI VISION series: specialist transducers for biopsy, interventional, intraoperative, endocavity and endoscopic examinations; and
  • The system supports Single Crystal transducers where the entire element array is created from a single crystal, providing higher sensitivity and wider bandwidths than achieved with traditional transducers.

Flexible design for use in various clinical scenarios

  • Its unique space-saving design allows the operating console to fold up, providing more desk space between exams;
  • When used on the cart, the height can be adjusted to comfortably accommodate seated or standing operation;
  • Equipped with a battery and supporting wireless DICOM communication, Noblus offers smooth mobility for portable rounds within the hospital;
  • The monitor can be tilted and swivelled, reducing unnecessary stretching and strain on the examiner; and
  • Smart Touch Feature allows parameter adjustment by direct touch of the screen, allowing the examiner to maintain his focus on the ultrasound image.

*Real-time Tissue Elastography, Ultra BE, Ultra BE/Ultrasound Broadband Engine are registered trademarks or trademarks of Hitachi Medical Corporation in Japan and other countries.

Noblus, with its premium features and flexible style is expected to bring the clinical benefits of high-end diagnostic ultrasound into new areas of healthcare.

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