Pixel This!

Sound Delivers Sharper Images with SoundVu NX
-- New Technology Makes a Difference in Diagnostics Pixel by Pixel --

Carlsbad, CA – Imagine looking at a DR image and trying to decipher between anatomy and simple image noise. Although it gets paid too little attention, noise-suppression is vital to quality images. An expert in this field, Sound Technologies has announced the release of SoundVu NX - an image-enhancement upgrade to their TruDR digital radiography product.

A leader in digital radiography systems, Sound has raised its own bar by creating an imaging system that suppresses noise while enhancing edge and contrast. Using adaptive multi-frequency tuning technology and a metal safe algorithm, the new software analyzes the relationship between pixels to examine pixel structure and orientation.

What does this mean for veterinary medicine? “This type of detail visible can clearly make a diagnostic difference,” says Mark Skeels, DVM, DABVP and chief medical officer for Sound Technologies. “SoundVu NX can separate structures from noise while enhancing the real details of the structures in the image by giving a custom enhancement to each pixel based upon the type of structure it is part of. We created SoundVu NX to take TruDR to a new level of clarity for the veterinarian.”

SoundVu NX is especially beneficial for orthopedics, even with implants. “It provides amazing orthopedic detail,” Skeels adds. “With our new algorithms for metal implants, we do not lose the sharpness or detail in trying to avoid lines or halos near the implants.”

Another area addressed with SoundVu NX is radiation. Some digital systems on the market require higher radiation levels to achieve readable images because the number of photons passing through an organ can determine noise levels. SoundVu NX requires lower radiation doses without sacrificing image quality. In fact, SoundVu NX’s algorithms can discriminate between noise and anatomy by feed-backing from a higher to a lower hierarchical level.

“Sound started with the best plate available in the market and used SoundVu multi-frequency tuning since day one. We are company committed to the best technology possible so creating SoundVu NX was a natural product evolution,” said Sound President Steve Eyl. “We live in a day where improvements in hardware are hard to come by, so a step forward like this is huge. Sound is not just about competitive significance, but diagnostic significance. It’s what we believe in.”

About Sound Technologies
Based in San Diego, Sound is the most widely accepted and used digital system in the veterinary industry with more than 500 installs to date. Sound holds leadership positions in Ultrasound, Digital radiography, Education and Mobile Imaging. Founded in 1996, Sound Technologies is a division of VCA Antech (NASD:WOOF), and is dedicated to the field of veterinary imaging and education. VCA Antech also owns, operates and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary-exclusive clinical laboratories in the country and employs approximately 4,800 professionals throughout North America. www.soundvet.com