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Tokyo, January 21, 2019 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, “Hitachi”) announces the launch of its latest diagnostic ultrasound platform, ARIETTA 50, on January 21.

This product is the entry model to the ARIETTA series designed for ease-of-use and with a compact housing to suit all environments from the clinic to the examination room or hospital ward. ARIETTA 50 can be used for a broad range of clinical applications including radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiovascular, with an intuitive workflow, high diagnostic image quality, and easy-to-use applications that support the routine diagnostic examination.

Ultrasound has become an indispensable medical imaging tool, enabling observation of organs and tissues non-invasively in real time. Furthermore, the systems can be easily transported and do not require a special environment in which to operate, factors which contribute to the wide adoption of ultrasound globally. However, because the acquired images can depend on the examiner’s technique, such as the way the probe is applied to the body, ease of use is a fundamental concept in the design.

Since developing the world’s first medical ultrasound diagnostic platform in 1960, Hitachi has continued in its quest to make ultrasound equipment easier to use whilst improving image quality and providing advanced applications.

The range of movement of the operating panel and monitor of this product is optimized to provide a stress-free interface for the examiner. Other ergonomic considerations of the ARIETTA 50 include a 21.5-inch LCD monitor and a 10.1-inch touch panel, making this system comfortable for the examiner to operate either seated or standing. Moreover, the simple layout of the control panel together with the illustration-based touch screen leads to intuitive and efficient functionality.

ARIETTA 50 presents the following outstanding benefits:

1. Intuitive workflow which allows the user to focus on the examination: “Carefree Workflow”

Even though an entry class product, the ergonomic design incorporates a 21.5 inch LCD monitor and 10.1 inch touch panel angled such that comfortable use can be maintained throughout the examination.
A minimalized layout including only the necessary controls on the operating panel and touch screen illustrations ensure a simple and intuitive performance.
Furthermore, by selecting an image from a patient’s previously-acquired exam, the same imaging parameters can be applied to the current exam: invaluable for follow-up comparisons.

2. Image processing technologies provide diagnostic clarity: “Clear Imaging”

By adopting signal processing technologies refined in the ARIETTA series, we can offer high-quality imaging with an increased S/N. Silky Image Processing (SIP) reduces speckle and boosts edge enhancement whilst Compound Imaging reduces noise generated by ultrasound scattering, and enhances the contrast resolution by integrating echoes from ultrasound beams transmitted and received from multiple directions in real time, providing clearer images for easier interpretation.

3. Supports routine diagnostics with easy-to-use applications: “Clean Applications”

Ultrasound waves are used to measure the thickness of the lining of the carotid artery as a risk assessment of arteriosclerosis that can lead to cardiac infarction or stroke. The ARIETTA 50 series has an Auto IMT (Intima-Media Thickness) * feature that automatically measures the thickness of the lining of the blood vessel. Manual selection of the image used for the measurement is unnecessary, so the exam time can be shortened, the operator-dependency largely eliminated, providing objective evaluation.
Trapezoidal scanning is also offered, providing a wider angle of view in the far field when scanning with the linear probe. As a result, with this high-frequency linear probe, you can observe both superficial tissues with a wider field of view at depth.

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About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, with products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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