SuperSonic Imagine adopts PTC’s ThingWorx for remote monitoring and service of medical imaging devices

PTC has announced that SuperSonic Imagine deployed PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial IoT Platform for the remote monitoring and service of its patient diagnostic devices.

Founded in 2005 and based in Aix-en-Provence, France, SuperSonic Imagine manufactures the Aixplorer series of ultrasound platforms, which feature the UltraFast technology. UltraFast has given rise to new imaging modes, such as ShearWave Elastography (SWE), which allows users to view and measure tissue stiffness in real-time on a color map, setting the standards of care for non-invasive characterization of breast, liver and prostate diseases.

This fall, SuperSonic Imagine unveiled the smart, connected Aixplorer MACH 30, its first product supported by ThingWorx. Using SuperSonic Imagine’s unique technology, the Aixplorer MACH 30 includes a new generation of UltraFast imaging, a technology that enables acquisition rates 200 times faster than conventional ultrasound systems with innovative modes to enhance diagnostic performance.

Aixplorer MACH 30 also features a new concept in ultrasound, the revolutionary SonicPad, designed to enhance the user’s intuitive control of the functions needed during an examination, improving both user comfort and exam efficiency. ThingWorx will enable remote monitoring of the Aixplorer MACH 30 devices in the field to maximize uptime, increase the stability of the platform, and avoid patient care disruptions.

Purpose-built for industrial environments, ThingWorx is a complete, end-to-end technology platform that delivers the functionality, flexibility, and agility needed to develop, deploy, and extend IoT applications and augmented reality (AR) experiences. The platform contains a broad set of features, including multiple connectivity options, application development tools, analytics and AR. With ThingWorx, industrial businesses can create scalable and secure solutions that provide high levels of return on investment.

ThingWorx connects disparate devices, applications and cloud sources, providing a single source of industrial automation data to multiple applications. Powered by Kepware industrial connectivity, and with access to over 150 device drivers, client drivers and advanced plug-ins, ThingWorx enables connectivity to thousands of devices and other operations data sources.

“We are renowned as innovators who constantly deliver groundbreaking diagnostic imaging modes,” said Jacques Souquet, director of innovation, SuperSonic Imagine. “Our mission is for SuperSonic Imagine technology to become the industry standard in non-invasive care for breast and liver diseases. With the support of ThingWorx, we first ensure the highest level of security for customer data protection and improve our reactivity to provide better customer service. Our ultrasound platform will now provide remote automated monitoring of our systems in the field for better service to our customers and their patients. Thanks to the rapid development allowed by ThingWorx we will soon be able to provide additional online services to our customers.”

“ThingWorx will enable Supersonic Imagine to significantly improve machine reliability,” said Iain Michel, general manager, Smart Connected Products, PTC. “We look forward to supporting this innovative leader to achieve its goal of becoming the industry-standard supplier of diagnostic technology and improving the clinical and patient experience.”


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