In the last few decades, medical ultrasound systems have been revolutionized by advances in semiconductor technology. One exception has been the ultrasound transducer. Traditionally, transducers are developed from a ceramic material known as PZT. The production of PZT transducers relies on old and outdated manufacturing methods. The hand-built process is complex, creating inefficiencies in many critical areas, i.e. poor yield and uniformity. The intrinsic shortcomings of PZT technology include low bandwidth and heat production, which in turn, impose technological limits to further improvements.
With diagnostic imaging moving towards high-frequency and 3D/4D imaging, a new approach is needed.
Kolo Medical is dedicated to providing a portfolio of SiliconWaveTM transducer technology probes for medical ultrasound imaging. Our proprietary designs and manufacturing methods are a result of our decade-long research and development work. Combining advanced semiconductor fabrication technology such as photolithography and thin-film deposition and etching with Kolo developed and patented SiliconWaveTM technology, we are able to deliver a new level of diagnostic performance. Performance not attainable with traditional PZT.
Kolo transducers are compatible with and provide significant performance improvements to current and next generation ultrasound systems.