Recommended systems: Philips EPIQ 7, GE Logiq E9, Philips iU22
If you need the very best image quality, and all the latest features and price is not as important then the premium general imaging ultrasound segment is for you. Luminary doctors, top hospitals, research facilities and educational institutions should all consider the premium general imaging ultrasounds that best fit their focus. In general imaging there is no clearly dominant brand. GE is most well known for its 4D for OB/GYN while Philips provides ultrasound machines with a stronger cardiovascular focus. General imaging does not require either of these applications, but is a description of the most common applications used in diagnostic ultrasound; typically abdominal, vascular, MSK, urology, and pain management. None of these applications require more specialized imaging hardware or features, but occasionally a Radiologist will need these peripheral applications as well and premium general imaging ultrasound machines can provide them all. One feature almost always exclusive to the premium segment is fusion technology that merges ultrasound images with images from other modalities to allow better study of regions of interest. This advanced feature is available in both the Epiq 7 and Logiq E9. The GE Logiq E9 is perhaps the broadest in appeal with amazing 2D GI image quality, amazing 4D, and even excellent cardiac function. The Logiq E9 is a proven, reliable platform with a host of transducer options and features. The Philips Epiq 7 is newer, has a larger monitor and is more compact, but at this level where there is very close feature parity your choice is more likely to be the based on the workflow you and your staff are already comfortable using. The Philips iU22 is the previous generation top-of-the-line, but though no longer produced it offers excellent value to those who need a premium ultrasound machine but have some price sensitivity.