Ecton Essay

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1. How does the Ecton machine differ from the existing technology in the market? What characteristics/applications does it have that are similar to that of the conventional machine? What characteristics/applications are different? Ecton’s product was a much cheaper and more portable machine compared to the traditional Echocardiography products which incumbents like Hewlett-Packard, Acuson and ATL made. Ecton’s machine was similar to conventional Echocardiography machines in a way that they both used ultrasound technology to obtain cross-sectional images of the heart in real time. Both utilized ultrasound, sound waves above the audible frequency (20,000 Hz), by using transducers to produce the sound waves which bounce off from internal structures in the body then return to the transducer. The sound waves are converted into electronic signals which are processed into images displayed and stored in the machine. These images can then be analyzed by cardiologists, providing them with an imaging tool to study the heart in detail without having to perform any surgical procedure on the patient. Prior to the availability of Echocardiography technology, doctors had to perform invasive procedures like Cardiac Catheterization which can be traumatic to the patient. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was also available as a medical imaging tool but was more expensive than ultrasound. With further developments in ultrasound like Doppler Echocardiography and Contrast Echocardiography, ultrasound-based instruments became an exciting innovation to substitute for more expensive and accurate imaging technology such as MRI and catheterization. Doppler Echocardiography enabled measuring of blood flow velocity using spectral and color flow techniques. Contrast Echocardiography produced enhanced images in areas with the presence of gaseous microbubbles in blood. These microbubbles are
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