How does EchoSoft™ work?
The technology behind EchoSoft™ provides two significant advancements to conventional ultrasound that facilitate enhanced diagnostic capabilities: motion tracking and measurement of acoustoelasticity (AE) for determination of tissue Pathology Index.
The EchoSoft™ system can accurately track motion in standard ultrasound image loops in AVI, DICOM, and other image formats obtained from most commercial ultrasound systems. The image tracking yields important information related to tissue strain and can assist in diagnosing musculoskeletal tissue tears.
Using the unique acoustoelasticity properties of tendons and ligaments, EchoSoft™ software can further analyze the change in ultrasound echo magnitude to determine the functional characteristics properties of the tissue being analyzed. Using proprietary algorithms, Echosoft™ determines the change in tissue stiffness with respect to the change in tissue strain—the Pathology Index. Analysis of Pathology Index can identify defects that would otherwise go unnoticed in conventional musculoskeletal MSK ultrasound or MRI evaluations.
Standard ultrasound images can be challenging to interpret, especially for new users. In this example, the tendinopathy the Achilles tendon can be difficult to identify.
The Pathology Index output from Echosoft™ makes identification of problem areas straightforward for new users.
What can EchoSoft™ do for me?
The output from Echosoft™ RV or the Echosoft™ Tablet provides game-changing information for a wide spectrum of researchers, veterinarians, and clinicians who may or may not already use ultrasound for MSK evaluations in their practice. Unlike MRI, Echosoft-enhanced ultrasound can provide meaningful informrmation regarding the functional and health status of tissue in question. This information can assist clinicians in pinpointing where treatment should be administered.
While magnetic resonance imaging can provide highly detailed images (left), they lack functional tissue status information, so subtle injuries to soft tissue may easily go undiagnosed. Only a highly trained radiologist might be able to identify a tendinopathy using convention B-mode diagnostic ultrasound (center). The use of Echosoft™, however, yields information about the functional status of the tissue so that this injury to the ulnar collateral ligament can be properly diagnosed and treated.
This breakthrough technology can be used by all treating clinicians to gather information about the mechanical and functional properties of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. That information can in turn be used to improve clinical diagnosis and management of rehabilitation treatment. For example, sequential scans of a patient’s injured tissue can yield important information regarding the efficacy of an ongoing treatment.
The Echosoft™ Tablet aids in easy identification of problem areas in the tissue associated with lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow” (left). Additionally, the treating clinician can use the Echosoft™ Tablet to track the progress of treatment at longer time points—one month (center) and five months (right), for example.
EchoSoft™ software is now in use by researchers at academic and sports medicine institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
Neither Echosoft™ RV or the Echosoft™ Tablet is currently available for clinical use in the United States.
If you are interested in learning more about Echosoft™ RV or the Echosoft™ Tablet, please contact us .