Overview

Widely accessible fracture risk assessment 

The Achilles bone ultrasonometer helps you protect the vitality of your patients by making accurate fracture risk assessment both comfortable and convenient. 

Achilles osteoporotic fracture risk assessment is as discriminating as DXA at the hip and spine. The exam is quick and comfortable for your patients, and its user-friendly design makes it easy for your staff to operate, with no formal certification required.


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Benefits

Achilles bone ultrasonometers offer you the following benefits:

CERTAINTY

Osteoporotic fracture risk assessment as discriminating as DXA at the hip and spine

The osteoporotic fracture risk assessment provided by Achilles closely matches prevalence as defined by central DXA. Its high negative predictive value—97 percent for 50- to 59-year-old Caucasian women—makes Achilles especially useful for discriminating between those not at risk for fracture and those in need of further evaluation by central DXA.    

COMFORT

A quick and comfortable exam 

Bone assessments take just a few minutes. Your patients sit comfortably during the pain-free exam—no messy gels required. Moreover, the unit emits no ionizing radiation.

CONVENIENCE

Efficient customizable workflow

Achilles units are portable and affordable. When combined with the quick exam time, these features help enable you to reach more patients. Furthermore, the user-friendly Achilles requires no special room and no formal certification. Results are concise and easy for staff to interpret.

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Warm, water-filled membrane hugs the heel. A large easy-to-read color display tilts back and forth.

Technology

The benefits of Achilles are supported by a range of features:

CERTAINTY

  • Proven in 11 prospective clinical studies.
  • High negative predictive value 
  • Dynamic signal-strength compensation allows measurement over a wide range of bone densities
  • Bi-directional measurement helps ensure a consistent reading
  • Controlled measurement of site temperature for greater accuracy than other QUS systems
  • Results expressed as Stiffness Index—a composite of Speed of Sound (SOS) and Broadband Ultrasound Attenuation (BUA)—which compensates for the effect of heel width and temperature
  • Real-time image provides visual confirmation of proper heel placement (Achilles InSight only)    

COMFORT

  • No messy gels 
  • Warm, water-filled membranes hug the heel
  • Large, easy-to-read color display tilts towards the patient
  • No ionizing radiation
  • Quick exam—just a few minutes from shoe off to shoe on

CONVENIENCE

  • No special rooms 
  • Durable and easily portable
  • Generates full-sized and full-color reports
  • On-board memory stores up to 2,000 patient records—no need to carry a computer
  • Customizable measurement workflows allow you to select which patient data to collect and report

Specifications

View device dimensions, weight, data management options and other detailed specifications in the following Achilles models:

  • Achilles EXPII provides accurate fracture risk assessment that is comfortable for your patients and convenient for operators. 
    Download the Achilles EXPII Spec Sheet (PDF).  

  • Achilles InSight is enhanced with a real-time image of the calcaneus that helps ensure proper patient positioning.
    Download the Achilles InSight Spec Sheet (PDF). 

Performance

Discriminating fracture risk assessment 

The osteoporotic fracture risk assessment provided by Achilles closely matches the prevalence as defined by central DXA (see chart).Yet it’s fast and affordable. Its high negative predictive value—97 percent for 50- to 59-year-old Caucasian women—makes Achilles especially useful for discriminating between those not at risk for fracture and those in need of further evaluation by central DXA.   

  



REFERENCES: 
1. Krieg M-A, Barkmann R, Gonnelli S, et al. Quantitative Ultrasound in the Management of Osteoporosis: The 2007 ISCD Official Positions. J Clin Densitom: Assessment of Skeletal Health. 2008;11(1):163-187.
Comparison of Achilles and competitive ultrasonometers to DXA osteoporosis testing

Among these ultrasonometers, Achilles most closely matches DXA findings based on the percentage of 60-year old women determined to have osteoporosis, as defined by a DXA T-score less than -2.5 at the femoral neck.1

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Achilles healthymagination validation

GE’s healthymagination innovations are validated based on the proven level of contribution towards GE’s healthymagination goals of enabling 15% reductions in cost and 15% improvements in access and quality of healthcare. Innovations to be validated are submitted, along with supporting technical documentation, to Oxford Analytica whose independent network of scholar experts uses a predefined scoring system to assess the strength of the evidence supporting the innovation’s claims.

Achilles has been awarded healthymagination validation by external independent experts Oxford Analytica on cost, access and quality. 

Download the Oxford Analytica Announcement (PDF). 

Download the  Achilles healthymagination fact sheet (PDF).

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Achilles Osteoporosis Heel Ultrasound Whitepaper

PDF 200KB
  • Date Created: 9/15/2011
  • Document ID: DOC0264638

Achilles Sample Report

PDF 124KB
  • Date Created: 9/15/2011
  • Document ID: DOC0862199

Achilles Healthymagination Fact Sheet

PDF 474KB
  • Date Created: 10/19/2011
  • Document ID: DOC0750102

Achilles Healthymagination Validation Oxford Analytica

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  • Date Created: 10/19/2011
  • Document ID: DOC0805099

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