Recommended systems: Philips CX50, GE Vivid-q, Vivid-i
Portable cardiac ultrasound machines range in price and features from high-end to the economy segment and are meant for emergency medicine, surgery, point-of-care, and multi-location usage. However as the power of portables now is very close to console units of the same segment, many medical professionals are choosing them over consoles because they are easy move around, secure, and send out for service. Philips and GE both offer great choices for portable ultrasound machines that are cardiac focused, but since the end of production of the CX30, Philips has no good portable in the economy cardiac segment while GE has several. Philips still has the most advanced cardiac portable, but if you are on a budget then GE has more options available for you. The Philips CX50 has since it’s launch been the most advanced portable ultrasound machine in the world with both single crystal probes and a 4D TEE probe. The CX50 offers Excellent image quality and deep quantification tools for all applications, not just cardiac, making it a true shared service option. The GE Vivid-q is a higher-powered version of the Vivid-I offering the single crystal M4S-RS probe and a more feature rich quantification package. Doctors needing the quantification package or clearer imaging should choose the Vivid-q. The Vivid-i is probably the most popular portable cardiac ultrasound machine in existence because of it’s blend of power, reliability and price and it’s focus on cardiovascular applications. Don’t forget that the Vivid-i offers a TEE probe option, a rarity in this price segment.