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 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 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.
The Canon Viamo is a high-end portable ultrasound machine for shared service application. It has the same imaging hardware and transducers as the high-end Aplio series. This gives the Viamo excellent image quality. Its fully programmable touch screen provides customizable access to imaging, quantification, and workflow functions.
The GE Vivid iq is a new and upgraded GE’s Vivid line cardiovascular portable ultrasound system from the base of Vivid q and Vivid i. The Vivid iq has integrated the full touch screen control 15.6″ monitor on conventional user control panel upgrading the user’s intuitive control and operation quality. The Vivid iq applies the trackpad design instead of the trackball interface. The GE Vivid iq is light weight, and with the dedicated cart, three RS and one DLP to support 6VT-D ports are available. Optional three batteries enable to scan more than 180 min with the system battery. The GE Vivid iq enables to support cardiac, transesophageal, peripheral vascular, fetal/OB, abdominal adults, pediatric, small organ, neonatal cephalic, adult cephalic, musculoskeletal.
The GE Logiq Book and Logiqbook xp were the first portable ultrasound machines from GE. The Logiqbook provided a large screen for the time though reliability was not up to GE standards. The Logiq-e replaced the Logiq book.
The GE Logiq-e BT 11 is mid to economy portable ultrasound system designed for abdominal, cardiac, gynecology, intraoperative, musculoskeletal, obstetrical, nerve block, pediatric , neonatal, small parts, superficial, urology, and vascular. The BT11 is introduced after BT09 via adding Auto IMT, Esmart trainer software, Stress Echo, pediatric echo with 6S-RS, and TEE option with 6Tc-RS. The Logiq e BT11 shares the similar system architecture with the BT12. However, the Logiq e BT11 keeps the original Logiq e case design and LCD monitor, but the Logiq e BT12 has incorporated the case design and LCD monitor.
The GE Logiq e is perhaps the most well-known and best selling portable in the world. It is a midrange to economy system with a good balance between features and price. The Logiq-e is shared service with GI, OB/GYN, and cardiovascular applications but not 4D. The Logiq e replaced the older Logiq book with a more standard laptop style form factor.
The GE Logiq e is one of the most popular portable ultrasound system covering wide range of application. Since launched in 2006, The GE Logiq e has been upgraded year by year with differnt BT(Break Through) versions, and added various features and probes to strengthen its usability, especially in Point of Care application. The Logiq e R7 has the outfit like the Logiq e BT12, but the internal H/W and S/W has been fully upgraded so that its image quality, system response time, features, and probes are one or two levels higher than that of the Logiq e BT 12; however, its price point becomes generally $10,000 higher with the same option and probe configuration.
The GE Vivid-i is a midrange portable ultrasound machine for cardiovascular applications. It has many powerful cardiovascular features that are unusual at this price point including both an adult and pediatric TEE probes.
The GE Vivid q portable ultrasound machine is a more powerful version of the Vivid i that adds further quantitative features including ICE, Auto EF, AFI, TVI,TT, TSI, Blood Flow and Blood Flow imaging. The Vivid q is the pinnacle of GE’s portable cardiovascular ultrasounds.
The GE Voluson e is an economy portable ultrasound machine that is a scaled down version of the Voluson-i. It still offers the best 4D image quality currently available in a portable machine but has less probes and features than the Voluson-i.
The GE Voluson i portable ultrasound machine, is the most advanced portable 4D ultrasound machine for women’s health in the world today. It offers the widest range of 4D transducers, and GE’s class-leading 4D imaging as well as proprietary GE efficiency technologies that speed up workflow. The Voluson i ultrasound machine is focused on Women’s Health but it can also support general imaging and vascular applications. Those familiar with the famous Voluson 730 will find image quality and speed similar in the Voluson i even though it is only the size of a laptop. Key technologies from the more expensive Voluson E8 like SonoNT, STIC, SonoVCAD heart, SonoAVC follical, and SonoVCAD labor are all available either standard or as options on the Voluson i. KPI, the largest distributor of diagnostic ultrasound equipment in the world offers the GE Voluson i for sale worldwide. The Voluson i price ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 dollars depending upon the revision (BT), condition, years of use, and the probes included. Click on the tabs below to see the Voluson i brochure, probes, and more.
The M5 is the first compact system from Mindary released in 2008. It has become one of most recommended compact ultrasound options in small practices thanks to the great cost-effectiveness. Especailly, iClear(Mindray auto image optimization function) improves the easy of use and helps a navice user to improve his/her diagnostic capability in shortime. Since its launch, lots of upper grade technologies have migrated.
The Mindray M9 is the top-of-the-line portable ultrasound machine from Mindray and builds on the previous M7 and M5 portables. It is based on Mindary’s new generation platform and single crystal probes which allows for better penetration and higher resolution. The M9 is targeted at the portable high-end cardiac market with full cardiac features, transducers (including TEE), and full measurement packages. It can be used about 90 minutes with the built-in battery and with a trolley mounted battery pack it lasts over 3.5 hours.
The Mindray M8 Elite is a new and upgraded shared service portable ultrasound system from Mindray’s portable M line, using the M9 and M7 as its foundation. The Mindray M8 Elite integrates a 15.6” touchscreen display on a conventional control panel, overall improving the intuitive controls and quality of operations. The Mindray M8 Elite offers users a fully-featured platform with outstanding image quality with single crystal transducers and 3T technology. The M8 Elite is a clinically versatile for the bedside, private offices, and interventional suite. With a large range of transducer selection and fully-featured platform, the Mindray M8 Elite makes a great fit in vascular, women’s imaging, and shared serviced applications.