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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.

General Product Information - Disclaimer

All items mentioned below including probes, accessories, options, features and similar properties are solely meant to provide general information about the maximum capability of the product. Some or all features mentioned may not be included in the listed price. Please contact us directly for accurate pricing per each additional feature.

 

Overview

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
184.889 MLA2
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

Revisions

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

Probes

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 Endocavitary RIC5-9-RS [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.6mm radius, max depth 16cm
4D Endocavitary RIC5-9W-RS [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.3mm radius, max depth 16cm

4D Linear RSP6-16-RS [ 6 – 18 MHz ] 192 elements, 80.7mm volume sweep radius

Convex 4C-RS [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 128 elements, 60.5mm, max depth 30cm
Convex AB2-7-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 41.2mm, max depth 28cm
Microconvex 8C-RS [ 4 – 11 MHz ] 128 elements, 26mm

Endocavitary E8C-RS [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 11.4m, max depth 16cm
Endocavitary IC5-9W-RS [ 3 – 10 MHz ] 192 elements, 11mm radius, max depth 16cm

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.

Competitors

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.

AVAILABILITY: In stock


The Samsung UGEO HM70A is the first fully Samsung designed portable ultrasound machine and is the successor to the MySono U6. It is the only shared service portable ultrasound that offers both cardiac and 4D for OB/GYN and it does both very well. It is positioned at a midrange price point.

AVAILABILITY: In stock


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.

AVAILABILITY: In stock


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.

Features

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
3D/4D Mode
Innovative user interface with onscreen menus
HD-Flow
AO (Automatic Tissue Optimization)
OTI (Optimized Tissue Imaging)
Coded Harmonic Imaging
SRI II (Speckle Reduction Imaging II)
CrossXBeam CRI
Static 3D Mode:
B-Mode only
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)
Read Zoom
HD Zoom (High Resolution Zoom)
Pan Zoom
Beam Steering
Virtual Convex
Beta View
Trapezoid Mode
Multi Format (Dual/Quad screen)
SonoNT (regional availability limitation)
SonoRenderStart
Patient information database
SonoView II: On-board image/data storage software
CINE mode with CINE Memory: up to 140 MB (3000 2D images)
Dual/Quad Image
Review Loop, 4 Review speeds
Real-Time automatic Doppler Calculations
Standby Mode
OB, GYN, Vascular, Neuro, Cardio, Abdominal, Small Parts, Urology, Pediatric Measurements & Calculations
Integrated HD
Proprietary Battery Slot
Handle

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.

Accessories

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

Options

GE Voluson i Options

These are features that are not standard on the GE Voluson i BT11, but which can be added to the system for an additional cost or when requested at purchase.

3D/4D Expert
4D View PC Software
DICOM 3
4D Biopsy
VCI (Volume Contrast Imaging)
XTD (Extended View)
TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging)
SonoVCAD heart
SonoAVC follicle
SonoVCAD labor
STIC (Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation)
VOCAL II (Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis)
Voluson Station
Voluson Dock Cart with integrated power supply and three probe connectors
GoPack carrying case
USB Hub
USB Stick
DVD Drive
External Hard Disk Drive
Footswitch
External Monitor Kit with Isolating Transformer
Bluetooth Printer

GE Voluson i optional technology definitions

VCI: Volume Contrast Imaging on the Voluson-I utilizes 4D transducers to automatically scan multiple adjacent slices and delivers a real-time display of the ROI. This image results from a special rendering mode consisting of texture and transparency information. VCI improves the contrast resolution and therefore facilitates finding diffuse lesions.

TUI: Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging is a new visualization mode for the Voluson-i in 3D and 4D data sets on the Voluson-i. The data is presented as slices through the data set which are parallel to each other. An overview image, which is orthogonal to the parallel slices, shows which parts of the volume are displayed in the parallel planes. This method of visualization is consistent with the way other medical systems such as CT or MRI, present the data to the user. The distance between the different planes can be adjusted to the requirements of the given data set. In addition it is possible to set the number of planes. The planes and the overview image can also be printed to a DICOM printer, for easier comparison of the ultrasound data with CT and/or MRI data.

SonoVCAD Heart: A technology that automatically generates a number of views of the fetal heart to make diagnosis easier.

SonoAVC follicle: A Voluson-i technology that automatically detects follicles in a volume of an organ (e.g., ovary) and analyzes their shape and volume. From the calculated volume an average diameter can be calculated. It also lists objects according to their size.

SonoVCAD labor: Allows the Voluson-i user to measure fetal progression during the second stage of labor such as fetal head progression, rotation and direction. Visual evidence and objective data of the labor process are provided. All SonoVCAD labor measurements are automatically added to the worksheet

STIC: Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation is a fetal echo provided by the Voluson-i that visualizes the fetal heart or an artery in static 3D.

VOCAL II: Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis is an imaging program on the Voluson-i for cancer diagnosis, therapy planning and follow-up therapy control. It offers contour detection of structures and volume calculation. A virtual shell can be set around the contour of the lesion. VOCAL automatically calculates the vascularization within the shell by 3D color histogram by comparing the number of color voxels to the number of grayscale voxels.

Imaging Modes

GE Voluson i Standard Imaging Modes

B-mode (2D)
M-mode (M)
M-Color-Mode (MC)
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)
CrossXBeam (CRI)
Real-time Triplex Mode
Split, quad screen
Volume Mode (3D/4D) :
3D Static
3D with Color Flow
4D Real-Time

Voluson i Optional Imaging Modes

Volume Contrast Imaging (VCI)
Spatiotemporal Image Correlation (STIC)
Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)

Applications

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.

Obstetrics
Fetal
Gynecology
Abdominal
Fertility
Small-Parts (Breast, Testes, Thyroid, etc.)
Peripheral Vascular
Musculoskeletal conventional and superficial
Transvaginal
Transrectal
Pediatrics
Urology
Oncology
Orthopedics
Vascular
Cardiac (fetal cardio)
Neurology

Year Launched

2006

Estimated Market Price

high

Monitor

15" TFT LCD

Tilt/Rotate Adjustable Monitor

No

Monitor Resolution

1027*768

Image Size Resolution

800*600

Touch Screen

No

Trackball or Trackpad

Trackball

CP Back-Lighting

Yes

Weight

12.3lbs (5.6kg)

Probe Ports

1

Battery

Yes

Boot-Up Time

 

Sleep Mode

 

Maximum Depth of Field

30cm

Minimum Depth of Field

0-2cm

Cart

Yes

Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels

Yes

2D, M mode

Yes

M-color Flow Mode

Yes

Anatomical M-mode

No

Trapezoidal Mode

Yes

Color, Power Angio, Pulse Wave Doppler

Yes

Bi-directional Power

Yes

SCW Doppler

No

Tissue Doppler(Velocity) Imaging

No

Freehand 3D

Yes

Live 3/4D OB/GYN

Yes

HD Live

No

STIC

Yes

Live 3D Echo

No

Stress Echo

No

Strain and Strain Rate

No

B Flow

No

Panoramic Imaging

No

Contrast Imaging-Cardiac

No

Contrast Imaging - General Imaging

No

Strain-based Elastography

No

Shear Wave Elastography

No

Tissue Harmonic Imaging

Yes

Spatial Compounding(=CrossXbeam)

Yes

Speckle Reduction (=SRI)

Yes

Auto Image Opt(B mode)

Yes

Auto Image Opt(Doppler)

Yes

Write Zoom

Yes

Triplex Mode

Yes

Needle Enhancement or Needle Recognition

No

Auto NT Measurement

Yes

Auto Follicle 2D Measurement

Yes

Auto Follicle 3D Measurement

Yes

Auto IMT

No

Auto IMT (Real Time)

No

Automated B/M/D Measurement

No

Automated LH Measurement(Automated Function Imaging(AFI), Cardiac Motion Quantification(CMQ), or Auto EF(Ejection Fraction)

No

Live Dual (B/BC) Mode

Yes

SmartExam or Scan Assistant

No

Fusion

No

Raw Data File

No

Flexible Report

No

Barcode Reader

No

Gel Warmer

No

Abdominal

Yes

Women's Health Care

Yes

OB

Yes

Fetal Echo

No

Vascular

Yes

TCD(Transcranial)

No

Small Parts

Yes

MSK/Anesthesiology

Yes

Pediatrics

Yes

Urology

Yes

Echocardiography_Adult

Yes

Interventional Cardiology

No

Echocardiography_Pediatric

No

Echocardiography_Neonate

No

Stress Echocardiography

No

Transesophageal Echo_Adult

No

Transesophageal Echo_Pediatric

No

Internal Medicine w/ Shared Service

Yes

Surgury

No

Interventional Radiology

No

Contrast Imaging_General Imaging

No

Contrast Imaging_Cardiac

No

Bowel Imaging

Yes

Strain Elastography

No

Shear Wave Elastography

No

Convex (1~6Mhz)

Yes

Convex (2~9Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Convex (1~6Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Convex (2~9Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Micro Convex

No

2D Arrary 3D Convex

No

Micro Convex (5~8Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight Type

No

Endocavity_Curved Type

Yes

BiPlane Endo Rectal

No

Biplane Micro Convex (3~10MHz)

 

3D Convex

Yes

3D Convex Light Weight

Yes

3D Endocavity

Yes

3D Micro Convex

Yes

3D Linear

Yes

Linear (>14Mhz)

Yes

Linear (3~12Mhz)

Yes

Linear (<9Mhz)

Yes

Single Crystal Linear

No

Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz)

No

Linear 50mm

No

Linear 25mm

No

Hockey stick (<13Mhz)

No

Hockey stick (>13Mhz)

No

T or L shape Intra Operative

No

Laparoscopic

No

Phased Array_Adult

No

Single Crystal Phased Array_Adult

No

2D Arrary 3D Phased Array

No

Phased Array_Pediatric

No

Single Crystal Phased Array_Pediatric

No

Phased Array_Neonate

No

ICE

No

TEE_Adult

No

TEE_Pediatric

No

2D Array 3D TEE

No

Pencil CW (2Mhz)

No

Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz)

No

DICOM 3.0

Yes(Option)

DICOM SR_Cardiac

No

DICOM SR_Vascular

No

DICOM SR_OB/GYN

Yes

JPEG, WMV, & AVI

Yes

USB

Yes(2)

HDD/SDD

80GB

DVD/CD RW

Yes (External)

Wireless LAN

Yes