The Philips Epiq 7 is the top-of-the-line shared service ultrasound machine from Philips. It offers xMatrix and Purewave single crystal probes, a compact and lightweight design and superior ergonomics and workflow. The Epiq 7 replaces the older Philips iE33 but is shared service rather than only cardiovascular. All the Epiq and Affiniti ultrasound machines look visually very similar and use the same monitor and huge tablet like touchscreen for navigation.
The GE Voluson E10 is the top-of-the-line premium 4D OB/GYN ultrasound machine. The E10 supersedes but does not replace the lower priced Voluson E8. The E10 offers 4 times the processing power of the E8 a larger screen, sophisticated beam formation and new rendering technologies. The new processing power speeds render times and smooths frame rates so that HD live is even more realistic. However the steep price difference with the E8 means that for now most doctors will still choose the proven Voluson E8.
The Philips Affiniti 70, is a high-end shared service ultrasound machine that was developed in 2014 from the premium Epiq 7. The Affiniti 70 looks nearly identical to the Epiq 7 and 5 and offers many of the same features like single crystal PureWave transducers. The Affiniti 70 also has many of the same technologies as the Epiq series, including the amazing QLAB onboard quantification set and ShareWave elastography. The Philips Affiniti 70 is unique in the high-end price category in offering ShearWave. As a shared service ultrasound machine the Affiniti 70 excels at cardiology as well as women’s health, vascular and radiology applications. Philips is most well known for its cardiac imaging superiority over other brands, but the Philips Affiniti 70 is also amazingly feature rich with excellent image quality at its price level. Doctors that like the Affiniti 70, but don’t need the PureWave transducers or ShearWave Elastography should consider the less expensive Affiniti 50 instead.
The GE Voluson S10 is a high-end and full-featured ultrasound system designed for general radiography use and specialized for OB/GYN with particular features for realtime 3D/4D acquisition. The GE Voluson S10 is developed based on Voluson S series platform; however, it has migrated design and technologies from Voluson E series. Due to the new release, the GE Voluson S10 does not support various transducers like GE Voluson E6 or E8. In terms of features, the GE Voluson S10 has been integrated similar options, especially for 3D/4D applications and user inferface — 23″ LCD monitor, GE Voluson family looking control panel, and 10.1″ colorful touchscreen. The body design of Voluson S10 is similar to Voluson S series. Transducers are connected by a micro-connector like Voluson S series. The GE Voluson S10 is also designed to cover Fetal/OB, abdominal, pediatric, small organ, neonatal and adult cephalic, adult and pediatric cardiac, peripheral vascular, MSK, superficial, transrectral, and transvaginal.
The Philips CX50 launched in 2009 as the first Philips portable ultrasound and the most advanced portable ultrasound machine in the world. It continues to this day as the only truly premium portable ultrasound with support for both PureWave single crystal and xMatrix transducers, something no other portable ultrasound machine has as of 2016. The CX50 is a shared service ultrasound machine equally capable in radiology and OB/GYN as in cardiovascular applications. The only thing it will not do is 4D for OB/GYN applications. The Philips CX50 can offer 4D for Cardiac applications via the X7-2t xMatrix probe. The compact size of the CX50 means it fits well in surgical, emergency and point of care situations where room is tight and mobility important. All versions of the CX50 except the initial A.0 revision are very stable and reliable. If you are looking for the most powerful portable ultrasound machine with the best imaging and most advanced features then the Philips CX50 is what you’re looking for.
The GE Vivid T8 is a affordable and truly reliable economy grade of multipurpose Cardiovascular System designed for reliability in busy environments for cardiac and shared service imaging, with the additional capabilities of 2D, adult, pediatric, fetal/obstetrics, vascular/peripheral vascular, urological, abdominal, transcranial, mall parts, musculoskeletal, and tansesophageal applications.
The GE Voluson E8, is a premium women’s health 4D ultrasound machine that was the top-of-the-line before the Voluson E10 was released in 2014. GE’s breakthrough technology for this system was the Voluson E8 HD LIVE, a revision with high resolution 4D imaging introduced in 2012 and a standard feature with the Voluson E8 in revision BT12 and newer. The Voluson E8 is the best selling 4D ultrasound machine in the world even though it is more expensive than it’s competitors. The current GE Voluson E8 price range is from approximately $30,000 dollars for the oldest used E8 to $100,000 dollars for a brand new E8. All Voluson ultrasound machines are focused on women’s health, especially obstetrics, gynecology, and fertility. Secondary applications include general imaging, adult & pediatric cardiology and Neonatal cardiology. Doctors looking for shared service capabilities from a GE ultrasound machine should consider the GE Logiq E9 instead. The E8 is the best in the world at providing amazing 4D imaging with any probe and any situation needed, it even offers a rare 4D linear probe and a 4D neonatal cardiac probe.
The GE Logiq P9 is a midrange ultrasound that can replace the position of Logiq P6 . GE introduced Logiq P9 as a full featured, multi purpose diagnostic ultrasound. GE Logiq P9 is for a customer who does not want to miss the consistent image quality, comprehensive application coverage, and ease of use that enable clinicians to make timely, confident decisions.
The GE Voluson P8 is an entry level ultrasound system for women’s healthcare including 3D/4D function and HDlive as an option. The GE Voluson P8 is a affordable choice of a user who wants to expereince a GE Voluson system at the clinic. Alghough it is an entry level system, the GE Voluson P8 supports in-depth functions of 3D/4D including HDlive. Its automation functions enable busy practices to maintain high quality while reducing time need to conduct, analyze, and report on exams.
The GE Logiq E9, is a premium shared service ultrasound machine capable of top of the line women’s health and 4D imaging along with top notch imaging for radiology, cardiac and vascular applications. GE’s breakthrough technology is the Logiq E9 with XDclear, which uses advanced transducers with a single crystal, acoustic amplification and a cooling technology to improve image quality especially at deeper penetration when image quality typically fades.
The GE healthcare Logiq E9 is perfect for a multi application clinic. Whereas the GE Vivid line specializes in cardiovascular applications and the GE Voluson line specializes in women’s health and 4D, the GE Logiq line can do both of these as well as radiology and general imaging. Medical professionals that will use the system exclusively for one or two applications should instead consider the GE Voluson E8 for OB/GYN and 4D or the GE Vivid E9 for a cardiac focus. The Logiq E9 has been in production since 2009 and is extremely stable and reliable even in older versions back to BT11 (also known as R3 or revision 3).
The GE ultrasound Voluson S8, is a high-end women’s health 4D ultrasound machine that has a price and features in-between the Voluson E8 and the Voluson S6. The Voluson line from GE is known worldwide for providing the best 4D imaging currently available though Samsung is catching up. The Voluson S8 and S6 look identical and even use most of the same transducers. The main difference is that the S6 uses half the channels of the Voluson S8. This produces a significant difference in image quality between the Voluson S8 and S6. The GE Voluson S8 uses the same cost effective RS transducers as the Voluson-i portable. The Voluson S8 offers near E8 level image quality at a lower price and much smaller, lighter form factor.
All Voluson ultrasound machines are focused on women’s health, especially obstetrics, gynecology, and fertility. Secondary applications include general imaging, adult & pediatric cardiology and neonatal cardiology. Doctors looking for shared service capabilities from a GE ultrasound machine should consider the GE Logiq S8 instead.
The GE Logiq F8 is a premium economy multipurpose system. It strengthens the fundamental quality of all needs for daily practices as a multipurpose ultrasound with excellent image quality and easy workflow that migrated from the GE premium system such as Logiq E9.
The GE Voluson S6 is a midrange 4D OB/GYN ultrasound machine that shares some transducers with the Voluson-i portable. It is the replacement for the Voluson 730 pro and is much smaller and lighter than any other Voluson console. This together with a battery allow it to easily be wheeled from room to room without rebooting. The Voluson S6 is a lower priced version of the S8 with less features and probes, but the two look nearly identical.
The Mindray M7 is the best selling compact system from Mindray. This system break a bias of Chinese ultrasound systems with great performance, rich feature sets, and available on wide range of applications with numerous transducers. M turbo and Logiq e were chosen due to the brand awareness and a long history; however, with an excellent 2D image quality and color sensitivity including unique 3/4D function in this grade, it became globally a popular compact system.
The Philips HD11xe is an extremely popular midrange ultrasound machine that dominated sales in the shared service segment for nearly a decade. The HD11xe balances price and performance perfectly while still giving access to high-end features such as 4D and TEE. The HD11xe had more transducer options than any other midrange and even more than many high-end ultrasound machines. The HD11xe is the replacement for the HD11 and adds an LCD monitor on an articulating arm and software upgrades such as Qlab. The HD11xe is still in high demand after it has gone out of production and offers an amazing value as a refurbished or remanufactured system. the HD11xe was replaced by the Affiniti 50.
The SonoScape E1 is categorized as an economy portable ultrasound system that is designed for abdominal, cardiac, gynecology, musculoskeletal, obstetrical, pediatric, small parts, cephalic, urology, veterinary, and vascular exams. More advanced hardware and software platforms has been developed from the older generation, SonoScape A6; the SonoScape E1 integrated a number of advanced imaging technologies such as the full digital broad band width beam former, wide band dynamic range, and multi-beam parallel processing. Although it is targeting a B/W low-cost market, it supports PW Doppler, Auto IMT, Spatial Compounding, Auto Image Optimization, Stand-by Mode, Enhanced Needle Visualization, Panoramic imaging with 2 standard probe ports and 15.6″ LED monitor. The SonoScape E1 and E2 share a similar system architecture, however, the SonoScape E2 incorporates more options enable to better cover clinical applications and workflow.