The Prodigy

A Compact and High-performance Ultrasound for Engineering Research

Models & Specs

Available Modes

Probes & Modules


Features & Benefits

System Overview

The Prodigy is a compact, high-performance ultrasound system optimized for a variety of ultrasound engineering research applications. There are 2 available configurations within the Prodigy architecture; one with 128 channels and the other with 256 channels, both transmit and receive. Connectors can be freely switched using multiplexers so the maximum supported transducer channel is up to 512.

The Prodigy supports many ready-for-use image modes including basic modes:

  • B-Mode
  • M-Mode
  • Color Doppler
  • PW Doppler
  • Multi-Focus, Multi-Beam
  • Duplex and Triplex

As well as a selection of advanced modes:

  • Pulse Sequence Mode
  • Trapezoidal or Steerable scanning
  • Spatial Compounding
  • Coded Excitation
  • Harmonic Imaging

All modes have been fully optimized and can be used without fine-tuning parameters.

The Prodigy also provides a special pulse-sequence mode with a well-developed user interface, in which the user can program their own transmit and receive parameters or sequences.

Features & Benefits

A compact and high-performance ultrasound system designed for engineering research

Pulse sequence mode

The Prodigy offers a special pulse sequence mode, in which the user can design their preferred imaging protocol by adjusting transmit and receive parameters in a sequence manner. The received RF data based on the designed sequence is acquired accordingly and can be further manipulated by the user.

Intuitive user interface

The Prodigy has a simple system design and user interface to allow users of all levels to access the technology. All modes have been fully optimized to be ready to use without the need to fine tune parameters.

Real-time raw data and beamformed data access

RF channel data can be acquired under all imaging modes in real-time. The data may be accessed on-line using the built-in viewer or may be analyzed off-line in third-party software.

Synthetic aperture focusing

The synthetic aperture focusing includes techniques such as synthetic transmit and receive aperture, sparse synthetic aperture, and random synthetic receive aperture.

When implemented the synthetic aperture focusing results allows for higher quality images to be acquired.

Adaptive imaging

Complex adaptive beamforming algorithms can be implemented in real time on the Prodigy system using the embedded graphical processing unit. Both pre/post-beamforming algorithms can be implemented.

All-in-one design with 3 transducer connectors

A complete PC platform is enclosed inside the chassis making the system compact but still powerful. There is one 256-channel and two 128-channel connectors. The connectors can be freely switched using multiplexers so the maximum supported transducer channel is up to 512.

True arbitrary transmit waveform with DAC

The Prodigy system offers 4096-level DAC (digital to analog converter) + Linear amplifier along with true arbitrary transmit waveform that has no limitations of parameter settings for each channel

Support of 256 channels with customized probe board

There are three probe connectors on the Prodigy 256:

  • One 256-channel DLM360 connectors
  • Two 128-channel DLM156 connectors

Customized probe adaptors are available upon request.

Coded excitation

Coded excitation is used to improve signal to noise ratio and penetration of the Prodigy system. Multiple coded excitations are available on the system, while codes can be arbitrarily designed using the bipolar pulser. The resulting sequence can also be arranged with different codes, enabling a variety of applications using coded excitation.

Fully programmable architecture

The system provides a well-developed user interface, in which the user can program transmit and receive parameters or sequences for various research applications. Users do not need to have programming skills for use and so are able to focus on their research right away.

Measurement tools

The software provides a variety of measurement tools for all the various image modes. These tools include measurements of geometry, displacement, velocity, acceleration, and heart rate.

Triggered imaging (in/out) for integration with external devices

Triggered imaging is used to help synchronize external devices with the Prodigy system. This enables more advanced imaging techniques such as photoacoustic imaging.

Harmonic imaging

Harmonic imaging improves the image quality in terms of spatial and contrast resolutions. Both filter based and pulse-inversion based harmonic imaging can be implemented.

Spatial compounding

The Prodigy system allows for spatial compounding at up to nine pre-specified steering angles.

Models & Specifications


Available Modes

NOTE – For all modes the RAW data may be saved, this can be set as the default save format, or selected by the user for each new instance when the data is saved.

Doppler Mode

Doppler Mode

Doppler Mode is available on the Prodigy system, it may be used to estimate Color Doppler imaging, and has excellent sensitivity and accuracy.

Pulsed-Wave (PW)
Doppler Mode

Pulsed-Wave (PW) Doppler Mode

PW Doppler Mode is available on the Prodigy system, it may be used to assess flow velocities as a function of time. The liquid being assessed must have some reflective component to it, such as red blood cells in blood. The duplex and triplex capabilities allow for simultaneous acquisition of the flow location in Doppler Mode window, and quantitative flow measurements in the PW spectrum.



B Mode is available on the Prodigy system, providing strong penetration of the ultrasound signal due to the high sensitivity of the hardware design and imaging techniques.



M-Mode is available on the Prodigy system, it may be used to assess motion as a function of time along a single line. This may be important when determining dimensional changes of an imaging target.

Pulse Sequence (PS) Mode

Pulse Sequence (PS) Mode

Pulse Sequence Mode is available on the Prodigy system, allowing users to easily generate arbitrary waveforms within the graphical user interface (GUI)

Available Probes

NOTE: The Prodigy system is able to support probes up to 30MHz, and all formats of probes may be supported. Please contact us to discuss your customization needs.


  • Center Frequency: 7.5MHz
  • Elements: 128
  • Pitch: 0.3mm
  • Elevation Aperture: 4mm


  • Center Frequency: 18MHz
  • Elements: 128
  • Pitch: 0.1mm
  • Elevation Aperture: 1.8mm


  • Center Frequency: 2.5MHz
  • Elements: 64
  • Pitch: 0.3mm
  • Elevation Aperture: 13.9mm


  • Center Frequency: 3.5MHz
  • Elements: 128
  • Pitch: 0.49mm
  • Elevation Aperture: 10.8mm


  • Center Frequency: 6.5MHz
  • Elements: 128
  • Pitch: 0.205mm
  • Elevation Aperture: 5mm

High Power Transmit Module

The High Power Transmit Module is used for Shear Wave Elastography, HIFU, and Acoustic Tweezer applications.
There are two available models:


  • Up to 15MHz transmit frequency
  • Up to 162W in continuous wave mode
  • Four output voltage settings – 60, 100, 140, and 180Vpp
  • Internal fans to prevent over heating


  • 1~50MHz transmit frequency
  • Up to 200mJ in pulsed wave mode
  • Four output voltage settings – 10, 150, 175, and 200Vpp
  • Internal fans to prevent over heating

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