The Combination of RTE and SWM

Two complementary methods in one system, Shear Wave Measurement and Real-time Tissue Elastography.

In 2003, Hitachi Medical released the world's first commercially available ultrasound platform with Real-time Tissue Elastography. Initial research focused on breast applications and the technique is now widely used for breast cancer diagnosis. 

Elastography is available on the majority of Hitachi platforms & with more than 25 different transducers. Numerous publications and communications at scientific meetings have validated its accuracy and reproducibility in clinical areas such as the breast, prostate, thyroid, liver, pancreas, and many more.

Since 2003, many additional features have been added to improve accuracy and reproducibility such as the strain graph, frame averaging, auto frame selection on freeze, strain ratio and strain histogram measurements.

In 2011, Hitachi reinforced its leadership in elastography applications with the launch of the HI VISION Ascendus, the world’s first product able to display 4D RTE (Real-time Tissue Elastography). 

In 2016, SWM  was released on HI VISION Ascendus and ARIETTA V70, with new features that improves Breast Elastography workflow with RTE. So today, two complementary methods are available in one system, Shear Wave Measurement and Real-time Tissue Elastography.