Toshiba has revealed a new, as-yet-unnamed Doppler technology to detect very low blood flow in tricky areas like the liver, kidneys, abdomen, and lymph nodes. The innovative technology will complement the Aplio 500, Toshiba’s top-of-the-line ultrasound system.

Despite evolving technologies, current ultrasound techniques may still overlook cysts or tumors in certain regions of the body. The Doppler approach offers sharp resolution and high frame rates to identify changing blood flow patterns in problem areas like the gastrointestinal tract.

“The images we’ve produced so far with this technology are stunning,” said Flemming Forsberg, PhD, professor of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University. “It is able to clearly show low blood flow in small vessels throughout the body. The potential clinical utility for characterizing lesions, cysts and tumors could make ultrasound an even more important tool in diagnoses.”

Toshiba demonstrated the technology at their booth at last week’s Radiological Society of North America conference in Chicago.