Ultrasound Medical Devices Make Staggering Improvements and Sony Medical Division Leads the Pack

Sony has been making medical printers for use in ultrasound environments for many years and is considered by many to provide the best, most durable and user-friendly printers in this genre of medicine. Though it has not come out with a new medical printer in two years, it continues to offer a wide variety of leading-edge products, and is looking into expanding its footprint in medical devices.

Where is Sony’s Medical Division Heading?

Sony recently stated that it plans on expanding their medical business footprint, in part through acquisition, but also through increased development and sales activities in the medical instrument field, which includes their ultrasound division. Olympus, a global leader in the manufacturer of endoscopes, may be a prime target for them to acquire.

In the meantime, Sony continues focusing on developing and enhancing their current line-up of ultrasound printers.

Printers:

  • The UP-D25MD:The relatively new UP-D25MD replaces the UP-D23MD, and is a compact, high-speed medical device that delivers excellent quality, and is a high performance medical printing machine that is perfect for most every ultrasound application. Built to last, it offers lightning speed 423 dpi resolution prints in less than 20 seconds and easily integrates into a medical cart with its slim form factor of 8 3/8” wide.  The new printer’s convenient front-panel design offers user-friendly menus, two user pre-set color options as well as color adjustment.  The device provides flashing LED notification of data transmission and print cartridge status. Another reason why it is perfect for ultrasound applications is its high resistance to water and fingerprints, as ultrasounds can be messy.
  • The UP-897MD: Specifically designed for use with diagnostic equipment, such as ultrasound systems, this black and white video printer is a whole lot of potent little package, and is lightweight, too. High-quality, photo-like prints are output in just approximately 2.0 seconds. The UP-897MD is extremely small and light weight. For additional convenience the UP-897MD adds a jog dial to the front panel for easy operation. Additional accessories include a wired remote, high-glossy and high-density black and white media

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  • The UP-25MD: A growing demand for higher quality color printing in ultrasound environments led Sony to develop this model. In its grouping among medical printer manufacturers, this unit is considered quite affordable once all the bells and whistles are understood. 423 DPI prints appear within 20 seconds, and it requires only standard color print media. Because ultrasound environments can be messy, the media is both fingerprint- and water-proof. The unit is reasonably portable, weighing only 12 pounds, and is slightly over 8” in width. It offers HDTV signal support, is PAL and NTSC compatible, which makes it attractive outside the USA, and RS 232 control.
  • The UP-D55MD: This digital A5 Printer successfully combines superior quality design withswift output to produce exceptional 379 DPI Resolution color images in approximately 20 seconds without any curling on its ends, with up to 4 images on each page. The printer’s new compact design allows for easy integration into medical systems or connection to a PC in an office environment, meaning, it is an ideal choice for medical digital printing, ultrasound, surgical or other industrial and scientific applications. Its high speed USB 2.0 Interface easily connects to a PC.Its 11x5x15 design allows for easy integration with medical systems, and is PAL or NTSC power compatible.

When researching price, you will see a marked difference between lower cost suppliers that have direct accessto the manufacturer like Imaging Associates than companies that buy through a middle man and pay more for the .

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