Welcome to the first issue of PLANE WAVE, Verasonics’ Newsletter through which we will share information about new products and technologies, emerging applications, conferences, training opportunities, and collaborations with researchers in ultrasound and ultrasonic technologies.  We hope you find these newsletters informative and interesting, and welcome your suggestions for future topics.

Transducer Development

The L11-5v, a 128-element linear array transducer

The transducer is a critical component of ultrasonic research.  Whether called a transducer, sensor, probe, scanhead or array, the transducer is the link between the analog natural world and the digital world of numbers and data.  Transducers can be made using a variety of materials and in different geometries, frequencies, bandwidths and other variables, depending on the intended application.

Verasonics continues to introduce transducers that expand opportunities for researchers and enable novel applications.  Our objective is to provide probes that meet the general needs of our customers as well as introduce advanced technologies that enable customers to be on the cutting edge of research.
Verasonics is pleased to announce the availability of new transducers that are compatible with the Vantage systems.  The L11-5v linear array transducer replaces the L11-4v we sold previously, that is no longer available. The L11-5v is an excellent choice for a mid-frequency, broadband linear array, with 128 direct-connected elements, and is compatible with all Vantage systems.  It offers very good b-mode, Doppler and harmonic imaging capabilities.  Learn more.

GE Transducers now available from Verasonics

Many customers have requested the ability to use probes manufactured by GE on their Vantage systems.  Verasonics now offers a Universal Transducer Adapter that supports select GE probes.  The UTA 408-GE adapter provides compatibility with most GE probes that use the Canon 408-pad connector.  These can be identified by the GE naming convention that ends in “-D”.  Verasonics sells some of these transducers.  More information here.

Leading transducer manufacturers in the USA, Europe and Asia use Verasonics systems for transducer characterization and evaluation at all stages of development, including quality assurance of the final product.  The Vantage simulation software enables users to evaluate performance of various designs before building prototypes.  For scientists and engineers who are developing new transducer technologies, or want to integrate a custom probe, Verasonics offers several hardware and software tools to facilitate the process. These include the Signal Break-out board and Backshell Connector Kit, and a variety of adapters for various connector types.  A user-programmable scramble table allows Vantage users to arbitrarily assign signals from any element to any channel, enabling connection of probes even when the exact pin-out map is unknown.

Please watch for news from Verasonics about additional transducer introductions and developments in the coming months.