Recommended systems: Philips Epiq 7 & Epiq 5, GE Logiq E9, Philips iU22
Premium vascular ultrasound machines are used at top-of-the-line hospitals, at clinical and educational institutions or by experienced luminary doctors who can afford to have the very best performance and features regardless of the cost. Vascular surgeons, Radiologist, Cardiovascular specialists and General practitioners who need to image blood flow, flow blockages, vascular structure and for guidance during vascular surgery will use Doppler, Blow flow imaging, ICE, IMT and other popular vascular features to diagnose and direct treatment.
No one brand has a clear advantage in the vascular ultrasound machine market. Brand choice will depend upon the interface and workflow that you find most comfortable. The main difference is whether the unit will have a Cardiovascular focus or whether it will be a true shared-service environment where it must excel at many applications besides vascular. If the focus is Cardiovascular then Philips has the edge, but if 4D and women’s health are equally important then GE holds an advantage. All premium vascular ultrasound machines will have amazing 2D image quality (Deep penetration, detailed resolution, and sensitivity) all of which help in diagnosis of even difficult patients and in complicated clinical cases.
Kpi recommends the Philips Epiq 7, Epiq 5, iU22 and the GE Logiq E9 as the best vascular ultrasound machines in the premium segment. Even though the iU22 is surpassed by the new Epiq 7 and Epiq 5, the falling price of late model iU22’s make them a terrific value. The Epiq 7 and 5 offers greater power and image quality, but the iU22 offers a better price to power ratio if you don’t need the absolute latest technology. The GE Logiq E9 offers less matrix and single crystal probe options than the Epiq or iU22 but if you are more familiar with the GE workflow then the Logiq E9 will offer similar performance and features with the addition of better 4D for OB/GYN and GI applications in a shared service environment.