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 transmit/receive channels and the other with 256. The connectors can be freely switched using multiplexers, bringing the maximum supported channels up to 512.
The Prodigy supports many ready-for-use image modes including basic modes:
- 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 sequenced manner. The RF data received based on the custom sequence can then be 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
Synthetic aperture focusing includes techniques such as synthetic transmit and receive aperture, sparse synthetic aperture, and random synthetic receive aperture.
When implemented, synthetic aperture focusing can result in higher quality images.
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
The connectors can be freely switched using multiplexers, bringing the maximum supported channels up to 512.
True arbitrary transmit waveform with DAC
The Prodigy system uses a 4096-level digital to analog converter (DAC) + linear amplifier to provide true arbitrary transmit waveforms. In addition, each channel and pulse in a sequence can be programmed independently.
Support of 256 channels with customized probe board
There are three probe connectors on the Prodigy 256:
- One 256-channel DLM360 connector
- Two 128-channel DLM156 connectors
Customized probe adapters are available upon request.
Coded excitation is used to improve signal to noise ratio and penetration depth when imaging with 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 and sequences for various research applications. Users do not need to have programming skills to use the Prodigy and so are able to focus on their research right away. In addition to the graphic user interface, C#, Matlab, and Python can also be used to program this flexible system.
The software provides a variety of measurement tools for all imaging 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 improves the image quality in terms of spatial and contrast resolutions. Both filter based and pulse-inversion based harmonic imaging can be implemented.
The Prodigy system allows for spatial compounding at up to nine pre-specified steering angles.
Models & Specifications
- Channel Count: 128 or 256
- Frequency: 1KHz – 30MHz *frequencies as low as 24Hz can be provided upon request as a custom option
- Transmit Waveform: Arbitrary waveform with 4096 steps
- DAC sampling: up to 180MSPS
Output Voltage and Power
|Configuration||Transmit Voltage||One-shot transmit||Continuous Transmit|
Adjustable up to 170 Vpp
With high-power option
Adjustable up to 160 Vpp
- Channel count: 128 or 256
- Programmable gain range: -3~48 dB
- ADC sampling: 16 bit, up to 125MSPS
PC System (Embedded)
- RAM: 16GB or above
- GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 or above
- Data transfer: 2x PCIe Gen 3 x8, providing 10GB/s
- Basic: B/ M/ PW/ C/ PS/ SA
- Advanced; Trapezoidal/ Steerable scan formats/ multi-beam/ Compounding/ Coded excitation/ Harmonic/ Triplex/ duplex
- Pulse sequence: GUI-based interface for generating pulse sequences with a variety of applications (SWEI, Photoacoustics, etc…)
- One 256-channel connector and two 128-channel connectors can be multiplexed for a maximum of 512 channels.
- Probe Connectors: 3
- Trigger in/out, clock out: software programmable
- Trigger in/out, clock output
- Temperature: operation 10~40°C, storage -20~60°C
- Humidity: operation max. 80%, storage max. 95%
- External power supply: AC input 100V~240V (50~60Hz)
Rated input current: 5A max.
- Power consumption: 550 Watts max.
W x H x D: 342mm x 382mm x 398mm (13.5 x 15.0 x 15.7 inch)
- EMC: 61326-1
- Safety: IEC 61010-1
Shear Wave Elastography
Shear wave imaging, including supersonic shear imaging and ultrafast plane wave imaging, can be implemented with programmable push beams and imaging sequences
Coded excitation is an imaging scheme to improve the SNR and penetration. Prodigy programmable multiple coded excitation. 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.
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.
Pulse Sequence (PS) Mode
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
Elevation Aperture: 4mm
Center Frequency: 18MHz
Elevation Aperture: 1.8mm
Center Frequency: 2.5MHz
Elevation Aperture: 13.9mm
Center Frequency: 3.5MHz
Elevation Aperture: 10.8mm
Center Frequency: 6.5MHz
Elevation Aperture: 5mm
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
Transmit frequency: 1 KHz to 30 MHz
Time delay accuracy: 2.8 ns
Bipolar pulse generation
Up to 9 W per channel
PC controlled or integrated with the Prodigy for image-guided therapy