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Hitachi Buyers Guide

Ultrasound machines are one of modern medicine’s most powerful diagnostic tools. They are incredibly versatile devices that provide imaging across various clinical settings, from Intensive Care Units to operating rooms and even animal farms.

Over the past two decades, ultrasound system capabilities have evolved remarkably, largely thanks to the research and development efforts of companies like Hitachi.

Since its founding in 1949, Hitachi has become one of the world’s preeminent manufacturers of ultrasound machines. The company has over 5,000 patents and has had a significant impact on the advancement of modern ultrasound technology.

This guide introduces the Hitachi brand and three of the company’s best ultrasound machines.

About Hitachi

Hitachi is committed to addressing healthcare challenges with innovative solutions in diagnostic imaging. For over 60 years, Hitachi has been one of the world’s leading pioneers of ultrasound machines for the medical industry. In 2021, Hitachi’s ultrasound machine business segment was sold to Fujifilm.

You can find just about every type of ultrasound system on the market within Hitachi’s extensive catalog, including:

  • Cart-based Ultrasound
  • Portable Ultrasound
  • Handheld Ultrasound
  • Shared Service Ultrasound

Hitachi’s collection of ultrasound equipment includes imaging for every medical specialty. Its ultrasound systems support clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Urology
  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Small Parts
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Veterinary

Top 3 Hitachi Ultrasound Machines

Hitachi has been a global ultrasound manufacturer for over 60 years, producing some of the market’s most innovative ultrasound systems for both medical and veterinary practices.

While every ultrasound machine in Hitachi’s catalog is worth mentioning, this guide highlights three of their best models – the Arietta 50 VET, the Prologue VET, and the Arietta 65.

 

Ultrasound Machine Details
Arietta 50 VET Price Range
Type: Cart-style, veterinary
Monitor Size: 21.5-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D/3D/4D
Probe Ports: 3
Controls: Knobs, buttons, touch panel
Applications: Veterinary
Key Features: eFlow, Dynamic slow-motion display, speckle reduction, high resolution imaging, trapezoidal imaging, doppler, color doppler, auto optimizer, Auto IMT
Prologue VET Price Range:
Type: Portable, veterinary
Monitor Size: 11.6-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D/3D/4D
Probe Ports: 1
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackpad
Applications: Veterinary
Key Features: eFlow, Dynamic slow-motion display, speckle reduction, high resolution imaging, trapezoidal imaging, doppler, color doppler, auto optimizer, Auto IMT
Arietta 65 Price Range: $35,000-$40,000
Type: Cart-stye
Monitor Size: 21.5-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D/3D/4D
Probe Ports: 3
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball
Applications: Cardiac, Abdominal, Anesthesia, OB/GYN, Vascular, Breast, MSK
Key Features: Real Time Elastography (RTE), Contrast Harmonic Imaging (CHI), Needle Recognition, Marking Assistant, Dual Gate Doppler, Auto IMT, 2DTT, High Definition Dynamic Tissue Harmonic Imaging, Compound Imaging, DICOM, Protocol

Arietta 50 VET

Hitachi Arietta 50 VET ultrasound on a stand

Key Features:

  • 2D/3D/4D imaging
  • eFlow
  • Slow-motion display
  • Speckle Reduction
  • High-resolution imaging
  • Trapezoidal imaging
  • Color Doppler
  • Auto optimizer
  • Auto IMT

The Arietta 50 VET is a cart-based ultrasound machine designed specifically for veterinary practices. It’s fitted with a large, 21.5” LCD monitor paired with an intuitive touchscreen panel for optimal user control. For a machine at its price point, the Arietta 50 VET has an impressive suite of advanced imaging features to satisfy most veterinary practices.

The Arietta 50 VET’s array of advanced features includes 3D and 4D imaging, allowing veterinarians to view feature-rich images and videos of their animal patient’s anatomy in real-time. The system is also capable of high-resolution imaging and produces ultrasound images with incredible structural detail.

Viewing and measuring patient blood flow is a breeze with the Arietta 50 VET. The device has both Color Doppler and High-Resolution Color Flow (eFlow), which provides a detailed depiction of blood flow dynamics and precise delineation of both tiny and large blood vessels.

The Arietta 50 VET further enhances ultrasound image quality and improves diagnostic accuracy with features such as Trapezoidal imaging and Speckle Reduction.

Trapezoidal imaging provides a wider field of view with linear probes to enhance the visualization of vessels, organs, and surrounding tissues. Speckle Reduction removes noise from your patients’ ultrasound scans to provide a clear view of tissue boundaries, allowing for a confident observation of lesions.

Veterinarians and ultrasound technicians can also take advantage of the Arietta 50 VET’s intelligent automatic functions to achieve a smooth clinical workflow. For example, using the device’s auto optimizer, clinicians automatically adjust the gain, baseline position, and velocity range with just the touch of a button. The Auto IMT feature automatically measures max and mean values of Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) for reproducible follow-up of vascular diseases.

Overall, the Arietta 50 VET is a fantastic ultrasound machine for large and small veterinary practices requiring advanced imaging capabilities on a conservative budget.

Prologue VET

Hitachi Prologue VET ultrasound machine image

Key Features:

  • 2D/3D/4D imaging
  • eFlow
  • Slow-motion display
  • Speckle Reduction
  • High-resolution imaging
  • Trapezoidal imaging
  • Color Doppler
  • Auto optimizer
  • Auto IMT

The Prologue VET is a portable ultrasound machine specifically designed for veterinary practices. Its lightweight, tablet-style design allows for easy transport both within the veterinary office and in the field for imaging large animals (e.g., horses, bovines, swine, etc.).

Despite its small, compact design, the Prologue VET packs a punch when it comes to advanced imaging capabilities. In essence, the Prologue VET is a portable version of Hitachi’s Arietta 50 VET, as it has many of the same key features.

Like the Arietta 50 VET, the Prologue VET is capable of 3D and 4D imaging for feature-rich, real-time scanning; Color Doppler and eFlow for precise blood flow measurements; and high-resolution imaging for clearer, noise-reduced images.

Additional features found in the Prologue VET include Silky Image Processing (SIP), which emphasizes tissue structures and contrast resolution to produce smooth, crystal clear images.

The Prologue VET also has an ultra-fast boot-up time and a long-lasting 1.5-hour battery life so veterinarians and sonographers can perform exams quickly and uninterrupted. Plus, the device comes with a dock that charges the battery and attaches to a cart for greater stability during scans.

All in all, the Prologue VET is the go-to portable device for veterinarians who want an advanced ultrasound machine they can take anywhere.

Arietta 65

Hitachi Arietta 65 ultrasound machine on a cart

Key Features:

  • 2D/3D/4D imaging
  • Real-Time Elastography (RTE)
  • Contrast Harmonic Imaging (CHI)
  • Needle Recognition
  • Marking Assistant
  • Dual Gate Doppler
  • Auto IMT
  • 2DTT
  • High Definition Dynamic Tissue Harmonic Imaging (HdTHI)
  • Compound Imaging
  • DICOM
  • Protocol Assistant
  • 21.5” display
  • Touch Panel
  • Built-in battery
  • eFlow
  • Dual CF

The Arietta 65 is a cart-based ultrasound machine with shared service functionality and an ergonomic design. It performs quick and precise diagnosis in general imaging and also has clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • Abdominal
  • Anesthesia
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Breast
  • Musculoskeletal

The Arietta 65’s versatility to perform in a variety of clinical settings is further aided by the device’s Protocol Assistant feature. Protocol Assistant allows clinicians to customize previously registered protocols and automatically prepares the next step in the exam. As a result, clinicians can perform exams with minimal keystrokes, helping to prevent duplications or omissions.

The Arietta 65 is fitted with a large, 21.5” LCD monitor and a user-friendly touch panel positioned at an easy-to-operate angle. The operator console is designed for ease of use and provides users with a smooth, streamlined workflow.

When it comes to advanced imaging technologies, the Arietta 65 is fully loaded to provide clinicians with the utmost diagnostic confidence.

The device’s 3D and 4D imaging capabilities allow clinicians to view images and videos of patient anatomy in real-time with remarkable structural detail. Plus, the Arietta 65’s advanced 2D Tissue Tracking (2DTT) tool allows users to track the displacement of cardiac tissue with enhanced precision, resulting in dynamic analysis of the myocardium.

Using the Arietta 65’s High definition of dynamic Tissue Harmonic Imaging (HdTHI) feature, clinicians can achieve superb spatial resolution and deeper penetration while scanning hard-to-image patients.

The Real-time Tissue Elastography (RTE) feature allows clinicians to assess tissue strain in real-time and displays differences in tissue stiffness as a color map. RTE is an extremely useful tool covering a broad spectrum of clinical cases such as breast, thyroid gland, and urinary conditions.

Additional advanced features found within the Arietta 65 include Compound Imaging and Contrast Harmonic Imaging (CHI), which provide clearer visualization of tissue boundaries and homogenous enhancement throughout the field of view.

The Arietta 65 also comes with several interventional support tools, such as Needle Recognition and Marking Assistant. Needle Recognition enhances needle visibility for precise needle and catheter placements. The Marking Assistant tool supports clinicians in marking their patient’s body surface before surgical operation.

Overall, the Arietta 65’s wide variety of clinical applications and extensive set of advanced imaging tools make it a fantastic ultrasound machine choice for almost any medical practice.

Hitachi Ultrasound Machine Benefits

Hitachi ultrasound systems come with a range of benefits that provide versatile, accurate diagnostic imaging performance across various clinical settings. Some important benefits include:

  • Applications
  • Ease of use
  • Technologies and features
  • Dependability and Quality

Hitachi Applications

Hitachi manufacturers ultrasound systems for the following clinical applications:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesiology
  • Abdominal
  • Small Parts
  • Urology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedic
  • Trauma
  • Nerve
  • Lung
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Point-Of-Care
  • Veterinary

Hitachi Ease of Use

Hitachi ultrasound machines are highly-regarded for their ease of use, allowing clinicians to streamline their workflow and perform quick and accurate ultrasound exams for their patients. Hitachi employs a process of thoughtful and intentional design around every detail and demand of the work styles of clinicians.

Ease of Use Design Features:

  • Workflow efficiency tools allow users to switch between imaging modes and use advanced features at the touch of a button or with very few keystrokes
  • Performance features include fast processing speeds that allow users to save and send cine clips with very little delay
  • Walk-up usability allows users to perform standard ultrasound exams without the need for extensive training
  • Intuitive controls allow users to seamlessly navigate their Hitachi devices
  • Fast boot times allow users to use their Hitachi devices shortly after powering them on
  • Ergonomics refers to the design of Hitachi systems which make them comfortable to use from various sitting and standing positions and monitor viewing angles
  • Battery life for Hitachi units allows for multiple cord-free uses in between charging
  • Custom presets help guide clinicians through routine ultrasound exams

Hitachi Technologies and Features

The array of Hitachi’s advanced imaging technologies and features includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • Auto Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) feature gives automatic measurements of anterior and posterior walls for accurate carotid status
  • FHI is an innovative harmonic imaging technology that maintains the image resolution when imaging larger, hard-to-image patients
  • 4D/virtual HD provides high-definition video of patient anatomy in real-time– for OB/GYN and cardiac applications
  • Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler improves accuracy when measuring high-velocity blood flow
  • Color Doppler allows for rapid visualization of blood flows, velocities, and volumes; a useful tool for detecting defects in the atria and ventricles
  • Q-Beam doubles the volume of transducer signals for deeper penetration and increased image resolution
  • Q-Image uses innovative algorithms combined with fast frame rates to significantly strengthen the image quality
  • Needle Enhancement for precise needle and catheter placements
  • Elastography displays tissue stiffness in real-time to provide clinicians with additional diagnostic information when scanning organs like the liver and breast

Hitachi Dependability and Quality

Hitachi ultrasound machines are durable, high-quality devices made to resist wear and tear and protect your investment for the long term.

Hitachi devices are built tough using protective materials that reduce damage and weathering in hectic, accident-prone clinical environments.

Hitachi Ultrasounds Machines in Stock at Strata Imaging

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