Application training for the GE Voluson i
KPI’s on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via video conference for the Voluson i at a set price plus travel costs. A pre-recorded video training course is included in the sale, lease or rental of the Voluson i from KPI ultrasound.
Voluson i Service options
Free technical support is available from KPI during installation and over the course of the standard limited warranty. Technical support is available after the warranty period at an hourly cost per issue.
GE Voluson i Maintenance
KPI recommends the use of a surge protector along with a dedicated power outlet. Probes should be disinfected after every use with a disinfectant wipe proven not to damage the lens (KPI recommends SonoWipes for this.) KPI recommends one PM (preventative maintenance) every year.
GE Voluson i Dimensions & Weight
Height: 70 mm (2.5 in)
Width: 391 mm (14.2 in)
Depth: 378 mm (12.4 in)
Weight: (no peripherals) 5.7 kg (12.3 lbs.) (includes battery), 5 kg (11 lbs.) (without battery), approx. 38 lbs. with packaging
Voluson i Specifications
Digital Beam former
Displayed Imaging Depth: 0 – 30 cm
Minimum Depth of Field: 0 – 1 cm (Zoom, probe dependent)
Maximum Depth of Field: 0 – 30 cm (probe dependent)
Up to 239 dB Dynamic Range
GE Voluson i Electrical
Voltage: 100 – 250 V
Frequency: 47/63 Hz
GE Voluson i Revisions: BT06 to BT07
GE first launched the Voluson i in 2006 at the same time as the Voluson E8. That first version was designated as BT06. “BT” is an abbreviation of “Break Through” and the number designates the year in which this version was launched. So the Voluson i BT06 was launched in 2006 and was in production till the next version in 2007, the v Voluson i BT07. The BT07 revision provided minor bug fixes to the software and support for two new transducers; the RAB4-8-RS 4D high frequency convex and the RNA5-9-RS 4D microconvex.
GE Voluson i Revisions: BT09 to BT14
The Voluson i BT09 revision was a huge update and added the following features and options: VCI, XTD View, STIC, SonoAVC, SonoVCAD Heart, SonoVCAD Labor, HD Flow, and HD-Zoom. In addition to this the GE Voluson-I BT09 also added support for five new transducers: the RIC5-9W-RS 4D intracavitary, the 9L-RS linear, the IC5-9W-RS intracavitary, the AB2-7-RS convex, and the SP10-16-RS high frequency linear. The next revision was BT11 that added the popular SonoNT option to automate the common Nuchal Translucency scan. The current revision in production is the Voluson-i BT14 that adds Volume CINE and support for the RAB2-6-RS 4D convex and 8C-RS microconvex probes. KPI recommends buying the Voluson i BT09 and newer.
All revisions of the GE Voluson i
GE Voluson i (BT06)
GE Voluson i (BT07)
GE Voluson i (BT09)
GE Voluson i (BT11)
GE Voluson i (BT14)
Popular configurations of the Voluson i in 2016
- GE Voluson i BT11 with 2 transducers
RAB4-8-RS 4D Convex
E8C-RS 2D Endovaginal
- GE Voluson i BT14 with 3 transducers
RAB4-8-RS 4D Convex
4C-RS 2D Convex
E8C-RS 2D Endovaginal
All GE Voluson i probes / transducers
4D Convex RAB2-5-RS [ 1 – 4 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 30cm
4D Convex RAB2-6-RS [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 26cm
4D Convex RAB4-8-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 26cm
4D Microconvex RNA5-9-RS [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 15.4mm, max depth 18cm
4D Linear RSP6-16-RS [ 6 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 80.7mm volume sweep radius
Linear 12L-RS [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 192 elements, 37mm FOV, max depth 8cm
Linear 9L-RS [ 3 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 43mm FOV, max depth 14cm
Linear SP10-16-RS [ 7 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 33.7mm FOV, max depth 6cm
Advanced Voluson i probes
The GE Voluson i supports thirteen transducers. As the premier 4D portable the Voluson-i has 6 compatible volume probes including the rare [ 6 – 18 MHz ] RSP6-16-RS high frequency 4D linear transducer excellent for small parts, peripherals, pediatrics and vascular and the RNA5-9-RS 4D microconvex another rare option on any ultrasound machine, especially a portable.
Popular GE Voluson i probes
The RAB4-8-RS is the most popular 4D convex probe with a wide range. The RIC5-9W-RS is the most popular endocavitary probe for the Voluson-i. The 4C-RS is the most popular and inexpensive 2D convex and both the 12L-RS is the most commonly purchased linear probe for the Voluson-i.
Voluson i comparison with other GE ultrasound machines
The Voluson-i was launched in 2006 as the portable counterpart to the Voluson E8 and has many of the same features. In 2009, the slightly less expensive Voluson-e was launched with fewer features and transducers. The GE Logiq-e is similar in power and price to the Voluson-e but offers access to cardiac transducers and lacks the 4D probes. The Voluson-i has similar speed and image quality to the Voluson S6 and slightly superior to the Voluson 730.
Voluson-i vs Voluson-e
The GE Voluson-e looks identical to the more expensive Voluson-i, but the differences are in the software. The Voluson-e was launched in 2009 as a BT09 and lacks the following features: TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging) a multi slice imaging feature that allows doctors to manipulate and use ultrasound imagery as they would CT or MRI imagery, VCI (Volume Contrast Imaging), 4D biopsy, and STIC. In addition, the Voluson-e does NOT support the following transducers from the Voluson-i: 9L-RS linear, RNA5-9RS 4D microconvex, and SP10-16-RS high frequency linear. If these functions are transducers are not of use in your practice then the Voluson-e offers you a slightly more affordable option than the Voluson-i.
Other brands competing with the GE Voluson i
The Samsung HM70A is the closest competitor to the Voluson-i in 4D image quality, features and price, but does not offer as many 4D transducers or 4D workflow software as the Voluson-i. However the HM70A does offer full cardiac support, something the Voluson-i does not have. There are a few other 4D portables such as the Mindray M7 but none of these comes close to the Voluson-i or HM70 in 4D performance or variety of transducers. The Philips CX50 offers superior 2D women’s health imaging but only has freehand 3D and offers no mechanical 4D transducers.
GE Voluson i Standard Features
These are features that are standard on the GE Voluson-i revision BT11.
15” TFT LCD Screen
1 Active Probe Port
Innovative user interface with onscreen menus
AO (Automatic Tissue Optimization)
OTI (Optimized Tissue Imaging)
Coded Harmonic Imaging
SRI II (Speckle Reduction Imaging II)
Static 3D Mode:
B + Power Doppler Mode
B + CFM Doppler Mode
B + HD-Flow Mode
B + CRI
B + SRI
B + SRI + CFM
B + SRI + HD-Flow
FFC (Focus Frequency Composite)
HD Zoom (High Resolution Zoom)
Multi Format (Dual/Quad screen)
SonoNT (regional availability limitation)
Patient information database
SonoView II: On-board image/data storage software
CINE mode with CINE Memory: up to 140 MB (3000 2D images)
Review Loop, 4 Review speeds
Real-Time automatic Doppler Calculations
OB, GYN, Vascular, Neuro, Cardio, Abdominal, Small Parts, Urology, Pediatric Measurements & Calculations
Proprietary Battery Slot
GE Voluson i technology definitions
SRI II: Speckle Reduction Imaging allows the Voluson-i to use a nonlinear diffusion filtering technique that improves image quality in real time by reducing speckles.
CrossXBeam CRI: This is another technology borrowed from the E8. It is compound resolution imaging used to improve border and image clarity the Voluson-i.
FFC: Focus and Frequency Composite is a technology on the GE Voluson i that utilizes two different transmission frequencies and two different focal ranges in the 2D image. This function combines a low frequency to increase the penetration and higher frequency to keep a high resolution. It reduces speckle and artifacts in the 2D image to facilitate the examination of difficult-to-scan patients.
Beta View: On the Voluson-i this feature allows the adjustment of the Volume O-Axis position of 3D probes in 2D mode. The green line in the displayed symbol indicates the position of the acoustic block. + and – define the corresponding sweep directions on the Touch screen.
SonoNT: A Voluson i technology that allows for semi-automatic Nuchal Translucency measurements.
SonoRender Start: A feature on the GE Voluson i that speeds up the acquisition of the fetal face in 4D.
GE Voluson i Accessories
Sony UPD-897MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPX-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
Sony UPD-25MD Digital Color thermal printer
Mitsubishi P95DW Digital Black & white thermal printer
Mitsubishi CP30DW Digital Color thermal printer
Sony DVO-1000 DVD Recorder
CIVCO disposable biopsy guides (for Convex, Linear and Endo-cavity transducers)
Voluson i Supplies
Aquasonic ultrasound gel
Sono ultrasound wipes
Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
Mitsubishi CK30L printing paper
Mitsubishi K95HG high gloss thermal printing paper
GE Voluson i ports
1 active transducer port
2 USB Ports
Ethernet LAN port
1 PCMCIA Slot
1 VGA Out Port
1 proprietary Docking Port
GE Voluson i Standard Imaging Modes
Color Flow Mode (C)
Power Doppler Imaging (PD)
HD-Flow Imaging (HD-Flow)
PW Doppler / Spectral Doppler Mode (PW)
Extended View (XTD View)
Speckle Reduction Imaging II (SRI II)
Real-time Triplex Mode
Split, quad screen
Volume Mode (3D/4D) :
3D with Color Flow
Voluson i Optional Imaging Modes
Volume Contrast Imaging (VCI)
Spatiotemporal Image Correlation (STIC)
Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)
GE Voluson i Applications
Applications or Apps are the types of exams or studies that an ultrasound machine can do. More than this if an ultrasound machine supports a specific application it will have calculations, measurement and reporting software included to support those apps and make them useful in a clinical environment.
The GE Voluson i is able to do a variety of applications but it’s focus is women’s health and 4D.
Small-Parts (Breast, Testes, Thyroid, etc.)
Musculoskeletal conventional and superficial
Cardiac (fetal cardio)