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Helianthus

Helianthus

A complete system for 2D image acquisition, fully upgradable to any digital method: 3D and dual-energy. Implementable with a wide range of accessories including the device for stereotaxic and tomo-guided biopsies.

 

Versatile Performance

This mammo unit only allows the acquisition of 2D digital mammography images. However, the system is designed to be integrated at any time with the most current diagnostic methods, such as tomosynthesis and dual-energy (contrast-enhanced mammography). A wide range of accessories allows the configuration for all interventional practices (including stereotactic and tomo-guided biopsy).

 

Improved Safety

Smoother movements thanks to the isocentric servo-assisted movements of the C-arm. Extensive rotational and translation movements for patient's quick and easy positioning.

All the exam parameters are easily accessible on the 7" color touchscreen displays on the C-arm's sides.

 

Up-to-date features

To guarantee confident and accurate diagnosis, the Helianthus system is outfitted with state-of-the-art features such as automatic collimation, “Smart μ Press” compression system and the powerful POEt (Processing for Optimal Enhancement) software.

 

IMPROVED SAFETY FOR BOTH PATIENT AND OPERATOR

The redesign of the new Helianthus has resulted in a further improvement in terms of the system's ergonomics thanks to the isocentric servo-assisted movements of the C-arm that enables smoother and more controlled movements.

 

Extensive rotational and translation movements (up to 91 cm vertical travel) allow a quick and easy positioning of the patient, even those with impaired or limited mobility. Three multi-switches placed on the sides of the C-arm and the front of the X-ray tube, assist the operator in managing the motorized movements of the arm.


Two 7" color touchscreen displays placed on the C-arm’s sides assist the technician in viewing and managing all the exam parameters.

 

When rotating the C-arm, a sensitive and precise obstacle detection system ensures maximum patient safety.

 

 

Features

Automatic collimation
Helianthus is outfitted with size and position recognition device for the compression paddle that automatically adapts to the X-ray beam collimation in all procedure modes: 2D standard, tomosynthesis (in case of an upgraded configuration), geometric magnification, biopsy. As a safety measure that prevents exposures that do not comply with the used accessories, the operator can manually select the collimation setup.


“Smart μPress” compression system
The image quality directly correlates to the correct compression of the breast. Helianthus lets the mammography technician perform this operation automatically or in a motorized mode with manual fine adjustments via rotary controllers or fully manually.


“POEt” Processing for Optimal Enhancement
Helianthus employs a powerful "POEt" software that generates diagnostic images directly from the acquired data. The software processes the images in a "For processing" format and displays them in a "For Presentation" format that enhances the tissue structure and reduces noise.


Extremely versatile, the software includes a set of filters dedicated to the study of breasts with prosthesis or with metal findings, anatomical samples or biopsy speciments.

Options

Compression paddles
In addition to the standard equipment, additional compression paddles are available as options (i.e., for the geometric magnification, the examination of details, and perforated for two-dimensional biopsy procedures).

 

Bym 3D DMD

The Helianthus can be integrated with the Bym 3D DMD biopsy device for stereotactic or tomosynthesis biopsy procedures, easily interchangeable with the Potter-Bucky and the magnification kit. The C-arm positioning for the stereotactic biopsy examination (+/-15 °) is motorized and activated with the Bym 3D DMD device. The system has no marking limits and allows the collection of multiple samples. A wide range of supports and adapters allows using standard needles, biopsy guns, and VABs.


Geometric magnification kit
As an option, a geometric magnification kit is available. It includes a platform (with 1.5x or 1.8x or 2x factors) and a 9 x 21 cm compression paddle without an anti-diffusion grid.

 

Stand-alone Acqusition Workstation

The Helianthus DBT acquisition and control workstation (AWS) can be offered as a standalone unit equipped with a transparent anti-X Ray protection barrier allowing the operator to optimize and manage remotely the workflow. This configuration includes a 15" touchscreen monitor that facilitates the complete control of the mammography system.It is possible to supply the display monitor with a resolution of 2, 3, or 5 MP.

 

Visualisation and Reporting

A dedicated and independent review station for the high-resolution visualization of diagnostic imaging is available as an option. It includes:
• Tools to manage operations, process and analyze images.
• Workstation with CD/DVD burner
• Dual 5 MP LCD monochrome monitors
• Color LCD service monitor, keyboard, mouse and dedicated keypad

 

 

Radiation Dosage

SensROI – Pre-exposure mode
In the Helianthus unit, the digital detector is also used to set optimal exposure parameters in an automatic or a semi-automatic mode. According
to the compression paddle employed, a continuous portion of the sensitive area of the detector is selected for a particular procedure and the actual density of the tissue to be examined is determined using a short preexposure pulse.


Fast exposure mode
In the presence of implants or when it is difficult to carry out a correct compression of the breast, it is still possible to optimize the dose delivered with another mode of exposure, called FAST, based on the thickness of the tissue to be examined. The exposure parameters are always set to satisfy
the requirements of the European Guidelines and the Average Glandular Dose (AGD) is updated in real-time on all displays and appropriately recorded.


A user-friendly interface (GUI) guides the operator in every phase of preparation and acquisition.


This interface allows the technician to select the exposure method (automatic, semiautomatic, or fully manual), the dose profile, and the processing filter to obtain the best possible image based on the type of breast to be examined

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