Ultrasound system delivers new level of imaging and system performance
AMD has announced that its Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU is enabling
cutting-edge application performance for the BK Ultrasound, powered by
Analogic's, bk3000 ultrasound system.
“The AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU with OpenCL provides a powerful and
efficient pairing,” said Cameron Swen, segment marketing manager, medical
applications, AMD Embedded Solutions. “This product is yet another proof
point to AMD’s dedication to the healthcare segment through its technology,
which helps facilitate crisp, detailed medical image visualisation and other
advanced graphics-driven capabilities, helping doctors provide improved care
Analogic used OpenCL standard to gain access to the GPU for general-purpose
computing, referred to as 'GPGPU', delivering exceptional performance and
offering system and development cost reduction through cross-platform
portability. As a result of using AMD GPU technology, Analogic achieved a 3x
improvement in the amount of information in each ultrasound image and
reduced time from capture to presentation.
Traditional FPGAs and DSPs create a fixed, inflexible implementation that
requires custom software targeted at specific hardware. Going to a
software-based solution using OpenCL helps to further lower the development
cost and provides improved long term value since the software can be used
across product lines and through generation shifts, says the company.
“It was a critical design goal for us to implement a platform that delivered
exceptional performance,” said Jacques Coumans, chief marketing and
scientific officer, Analogic. “After reviewing the options available, we
chose the AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU for its excellent quality and
scalability. The bk3000 ultrasound system, powered by AMD embedded graphics
technology, delivers exceptional speed and image fidelity, which allows
clinicians to identify anatomy and flow dynamics deeper in challenging
The AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 is based on AMD’s award-winning Graphics
Core Next (GCN) architecture to advance the visual growth and parallel
processing capabilities of embedded applications. In addition to ultrasound,
other applications for GPGPU include some of the most complex parallel
applications such as terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture
recognition, and biometric and DNA analysis.
The new Analogic bk3000 ultrasound system is aimed at urology, surgery,
general imaging, and procedure guidance applications.