UltraiQ

UltraiQ is a five minute quality assurance software tool for ultrasound transducers. Multiple large scale assessments of transducers have proven that up to 40% [1, 2, 3] of the ultrasound transducers in clinical use are damaged. With the use of UltraiQ, these defects could have been detected and resolved at an early stage. Misdiagnosis due to a damaged transducer has also occurred[2].

With its easy to use interface and compatibility with numerous national and international guidelines for QA, the software tool is a must-have if you want fast, standardised and strictly objective quality assurance. UltraiQ was developed in house by Cablon Medical B.V., and the development of the software program continues constantly as new methods and guidelines become available. Read more or watch the demonstration video below!

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Reproducibility and automated vs. manual measurements

To date, three independent studies have documented the reproducibility of UltraiQ. Every single one of these studies has found that the reproducibility of the measurements is excellent. The Mayo Clinic[4] has found that the inter-user variance for the different measurements lies between 1 and 3%. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust have found that inter-user variance lies between 0.1% and 3.4% [5]. The Jeroen Bosch Hospital has found that the inter-user variance lies between 0% and 2% [6].

Without the use of software, the reproducibility of the measurement lies between 0.4% and 22.4%[5], so the use of software improves the reproducibility by a factor of 4 to 8!

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UltraiQ works best with the tailormade UltraiQ phantom set, but the software is also compatible with any third party general purpose quality assurance phantom. At present, the following phantoms are supported:

  • Cablon UltraiQ phantom set
  • ATS 539, 549, 550, 551, 570
  • CIRS 040, 040GSE, 054GS
  • Gammex 403, 403GS, 405GS, 406
  • Kyoto Kagaku N-365

Reports
A record of each measurement you perform is stored in the SQL database that supports UltraiQ. The results database can run locally within the hospital network and can easily be visualised via any web browser. Alternatively, the results may be exported to Excel or PDF file formats.

Compatibility
UltraiQ is compatible with:

  • IEC 62736
  • IPEM report 102
  • EFSUMB TQA
  • NVKF WAD protocollen

The following tests can be performed within two minutes, using UltraiQ:

  • Loss of elements
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • Contrast / dynamic range
  • Axial resolution
  • Lateral resolution
  • Distance accuracy
  • Penetration depth

The supported measurement types can be split into two groups. The loss of elements and signal to noise ratio measurements are status tests. These tests can provide information about the transducer’s performance without the need for an acceptancy test.

The other measurements are what are know as trend analysis measurements. The aim of these measurements is to compare the initial performance during the acceptancy test with today’s performance.

File formats
All common file formats are supported in UltraiQ. These include DICOM, BMP, JPG and TIFF. Cineloop DICOM files are also supported. In the event that your ultrasound machine does not have a digital output, you may use the optional frame grabber to digitalize the analogue video output of your ultrasound machine.

DICOM node
UltraiQ comes with DICOM node functionality. This means that you can send DICOM images from an ultrasound machine or PACS system directly to UltraiQ through network communication. With the UltraiQ one-click module (included in network and multi-site licences), images can even be analysed automatically in the background after they have been received by the UltraiQ DICOM node.

Distributors

Cablon Medical has joined forces with distributors in 14 countries to offer you local support in your own language. Please consult the map or list for the contact information of our distributors.

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Evaluation

Our distributors have an evaluation licence available, so you can try the software before you purchase. Please get in touch with us to arrange an evaluation.

Testimonial

“UltraIQ is een geschikt softwarepakket voor het doen van kwaliteitscontroles op echo toestellen voor gebruikers die in korte tijd een reeks kwaliteitscontroles willen uitvoeren. De intuïtieve interface stelt de gebruiker in staat om snel een aantal metingen te doen op een beperkt aantal beelden. Trend analyses worden automatisch bijgewerkt na een nieuwe meting, waardoor de kwaliteit van de systemen bewaakt kan worden.

De automatische analyse van de beelden is een trade-off tussen tijdbesparing en meer fundamentele analyse. Hoewel gebruikers hun eigen analyse op de data kunnen loslaten, is men beperkt in het integreren van eigen automatische analyses.”

Lida Dam-Vervloet en Daniël den Boer
ISALA Klinieken Zwolle

UltraiQ phantoms

Ultrasound Quality Assurance (QA) phantoms are designed to help you assess the image quality of your ultrasound equipment. We offer both simple and cost-effective uniformity phantoms as well as extensive general purpose phantoms for more advanced testing procedures. Using the UltraiQ software, the user variability of ultrasound QA tests is minimized to a very acceptable 1 to 3%.

Uniformity Phantoms

The uniformity phantoms are used for the most simple and quick tests. For example, an uniformity phantom may be used to determine whether your transducers has weak elements. This type of test is often referred to as an Image Uniformity test. Weak or dead piezoelectric elements may cause problems such as decreased axial and lateral resolution, decreased depth of penetration and decreased low contrast performance.

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UltraiQ general purpose phantoms

UltraiQ offers Zerdine-based- as well as rubber-based phantoms. Using the UltraiQ general purpose phantoms, you can for example determine the contrast and depth of penetration of your transducer. There is an UltraiQ general purpose phantom for any type of 2D transducer.

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ATS ultrasound phantoms

The ATS rubber-based ultrasound phantoms are heavy duty phantoms with a lifetime warranty of 10 years. The ATS ultrasound phantom range offers a variety of designs, with some dedicated to certain types of transducers.

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1: Wildner, Kollmann (2015): Ultrasound within the Austrian mammography screening: evaluation after the first year

2: Martensson (2007): High incidence of defective ultrasound transducers in use in routine clinical practice

3: Hangiandreou (2011): Four-year experience with a clinical ultrasound quality control program

4: Long (2016): AIUM E-poster # 2370045: Evaluation of UltraiQ software for objective ultrasound image quality assessment

5: Gape (2017): Estimation of error in IPEM QA Tests using both manual and automatic image assessment

6: Pelk (2015): https://prezi.com/1wirh75hdr31/kwaliteitscontrole-echografie-het-inzicht-in-verbetering/