Siemens Acuson NX3 Elite Ultrasound Machine


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The Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite is a mid-range, multi-purpose ultrasound machine designed for a wide range of applications. Thanks to its large selection of efficient probes, the NX3 Elite offers great support in Fetal, Abdominal (including liver), Pediatric, Small Parts (Small Organ), Transcranial, OB/GYN, Pelvic, Neonatal, Cardiac, Vascular (including Peripheral Vessel), Musculoskeletal, Superficial Musculoskeletal, and Urology applications.

 

The NX3 Elite comes with a wide 21.5″ LCD monitor, a 10.4″ touch screen, and customizable shortcuts. The customization features and soft keys have been upgraded to further increase user productivity when scanning. It also supports 13 transducers covering frequencies of up to 16MHz (linear), and fields of view of up to 220° (endocavitary, wide angle). To add to this already impressive variety, the NX3 ELITE also supports a large footprint linear transducer (greater than 50mm), and a small footprint hockey stick linear transducer.

 

Siemens has integrated in the NX3 Elite several clinically requested features and options like eSie Touch Elasticity Imaging, Cadence Contrast Agent Imaging for General Imaging, syngo Auto OB Measurement, syngo Auto Follicle Measurement, and 3D/4D for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additionally, Siemens has migrated a competent set of knowledge-based cardiovascular features from its legacy products such as Clarify Vascular Enhancement (VE) Technology, syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP), syngo Auto Left Heart (Auto LH), and Axius edge-assisted Ejection Fraction.

 

The overall wide variety and combination of powerful features and options make the Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite a great choice for any clinical setting where ultrasound is needed.

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

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Dimensions and Weight:

• Height: 144.7 – 158.6 cm (57.0 – 62.4 in)
• Width: 54 cm (21.3 in)
• Depth: 92.3 cm (36.3 in)
• Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs) without OEM’s

Simens ACUSON NX3 Elite Specifications:

• 64 TX channels
• Maximum display depth: 30 cm
• Minimum display depth: 1 cm

Simens ACUSON NX3 Elite Electrical power:

• Power connections: 100-120/200-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
• Built-in AC isolation transformer
• Power consumption: maximum 600 VA with OEM’s
• Atmospheric pressure range: 700 – 1060 hPa
(525 – 795 mm Hg) or up to 3000 m (9,483 ft)
• Ambient temperature range (without OEM’s): 10 – 40° C (50 – 104° F)
• Humidity: 30 – 80%, non-condensing, during operation
• Maximum heat output: 2150 BTU/hr
• Average noise level output: 46 – 47 dB

Review

The Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite shares the same system architecture as the Siemens ACUSON NX3. This makes it easy to upgrade a NX3 into a NX3 Elite, which provides convenience and flexibility especially for tighter budgets. The NX3 Elite supports a broader range of transducers which translates into a wide range of applications with more advanced General Imaging and Cardiovascular features as options.

Compared to GE and Samsung ultrasound scanners, the Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite is not as strong in OB/GYN. However, it has some unique features like the 220° wide field of view on the endocavitary transducer and a large footprint greater than 50mm offered by the linear transducer. While GE and Samsung systems are focused on showing better 3D/4D baby faces, the NX3 ELITE features Auto OB and Auto Follicles which are automated measurements that truly sets this system apart from its competitors. These unique features will enhance the work efficiency, exam quality, and reproducibility of any medical practitioners.

The ACUSON series is historically known for the advantages it presents to physicians in the cardiovascular field. With reliable measurement sets and knowledge-based automation functions such as the syngo Arterial Health Package, syngo Auto Left Heart (Auto LH), and Axius Edge-Assisted Ejection Fraction, the operator will have no difficulty completing daily-required cardiovascular exams.

Admittingly, the Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite is a bit bulky with somewhat of an outdated design compared to newer generation systems from GE and Samsung. Regardless, the Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite remains highly intuitive and user-friendly, and is packed with meaningful software. It’s those attributes that keep medical professionals coming back to ACUSON products.

With premium calculations and automation, the ACUSON NX series is positioned at a slightly higher price point, but is a smart and trustworthy investment for the right user. With the next system release, we expect a new and wider selection of transducer frequencies to strengthen the fundamental image quality of core transducers.

Probes

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Probes/Transducers:

Convex Probe
CH5-2
C8-5

 

Linear Probe
VF10-5
VF12-4
VF13-5sp
VF16-5

 

Phased Array Probe
P4-2
P8-4

 

Endocavity Probe
EC9-4
EC10-5w

 

4D Volume Probe
C8F3

 

Ped off Probe
CW2
CW5

 

Features

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Features:

• High resolution 21.5″ wide LED monitor
• High resolution 10.4″ LCD touch screen
• 4 active probe ports
• ECG port
• Integrated HDD 500GB
• Multiple USB ports (front/back)
• Integrated DVD-R multi drive (optional )
• On-board storage for B/W thermal printer
• Integrated speakers
• Integrated locking mechanism that provides rolling lock and caster swivel lock
• Front and rear handles
• Side storage trays
• Hand rest
• Tissue Grayscale Optimization (TGO)
• Advanced SieClear Spatial Compounding
• Dynamic TCE technology
• HD Zoom
• Tissue Harmonic Imaging
• Continuous wave Doppler
• Pulsed wave Doppler
• DICOM 3.0 Connectivity
• DICOM Modality Worklist
• DICOM MPPS – Modality Performed Procedure Step

Accessories

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Peripheral Options:

• Sony Digital UP-D711 Termal Printer
• Sony Digital UP-D25 Color Thermal Printer
• Sony Digital UP-D898 BW Thermal Printer
• Mitsubishi P95DW Thermal Printer
• TEAC DVR UR-50BDS
• DVI-I
• Ethernet – 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps
• 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 USB ports in front, 4 USB ports in the rear)
• Integrated gel holders
• ECG + AHA/IEC® Cables
• USB type dual-control, programmable foot switch

Simens ACUSON NX3 Elite Supplies:

• Aquasonic ultrasound gel
• Sono ultrasound wipes
• Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
• Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
• Mitsubishi KP95HG thermal roll paper (new)
• Mitsubishi KP65HM-CE High density thermal paper

Simens ACUSON NX3 Elite ports:

• DVI in/out
• VGA out and DVI out
• Ethernet – 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps
• 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 USB ports in front, 4 USB ports in the rear)

Simens ACUSON NX3 Elite image storage:

• 300 GB of the 500 GB internal hard drive reserved for patient data management
• Storage and retrieval of static images
• Storage and retrieval of cine clips

– Retrospective clip capture during real-time imaging with a selectable duration of 1, 2, or 4 seconds or a selectable duration of 1, 2, 3 or 4 beat capture; ECG-triggerable

– Prospective clip capture during real-time imaging with a selectable duration of 1 to 120 seconds

or a selectable duration of 1 to 120 beat capture; ECG-triggerable
• Export of patient studies from hard drive
• Storage and retrieval of reports
• Supports measurements and calculations on archived study and on saved and retrieved images
• Acoustic clip capture from cine review
• M-mode still frame scroll and store
• PW spectral Doppler still frame scroll and store
• Export of patient studies from hard drive to DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW drive. Studies can be individually selected or batched copied
• The system supports the following data export file formats RTF, PDF, TIFF, AVI, JPG and DICOM. Connectivity to PACS, other off-line storage (such as USB flash drive) or EMR device is achieved via LAN or WLAN connection.
• Compatible with removable 650 MB, 700 MB and 790 MB CD-R and 650 MB or 700 MB CD-RW
• Removable 4.7 GB single layer DVD and 8.5 GB single side double layer DVD
• Supports export to USB Flash Drive

Options

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Options:

• Spectral and Color Doppler Tissue Imaging (DTI)
• Integrated Gel Warmer
• QuikStart
• Clarify Vascular Enhancement (VE) Technology
• SieScape Panoramic Imaging
• 3D/4D
• Physio
• syngo Auto OB Measurements
• Stress Echo Imaging
• syngo Auto Follicle Measurements
• eSie Touch Elasticity Imaging
• syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP)
• syngo Auto Left Heart (Auto LH) Technology
• Axius Edge-Assisted Ejection Fraction
• Cadence Contrast Agent Imaging
• Barcode Reader
• DICOM Structured Reporting
• Wireless Data Transfer

Applications

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite Applications:

• Abdominal
• Renal
• Obstetrics
• Gynecology
• Early Obstetrics
• Adult Cardiac (Transthoracic)
• Vascular (C-Vas, P-Vas, Venous)
• Small Parts (Breast, Testicle, Thyroid)
• Orthopedics
• Musculoskeletal (MSK)
• Urology
• Cranial (TCI & TCD)
• Emergency Medicine (EM)
• Fetal Echo
• Pelvic Floor

FAQs

Siemens ACUSON NX3 Elite FAQs:

Advanced SieClear Spatial Compounding: The option uses up to 7 steering angles on the linear transducer, and 5 steering angles are available on the curved array transducers. This helps increase the contrast in resolution while improving tissue differentiation of low contrast lesions by reducing image speckle. Tissue boundaries and interfaces appear sharper and more continuous. This option supports all primary and secondary exam types.

Axius Edge-Assisted Ejection Fraction (EF): Based on the placement of a Ventricular Apex landmark and two Mitral Annuli landmarks, the feature delineates the left ventricular ED and ES endocardial borders. It also provides measurements for the left ventricular volume, ejection fraction, stroke volume, and cardiac output.

Cadence Contrast Agent Imaging: The ability to simultaneously detect both the signals returning from the contrast agent microbubbles and the signals arising from tissue, allows the user to switch between a contrast-only display to a tissue-only display. This gives an instantaneous confirmation of contrast presence and position. This provides real-time flexibility and enhanced diagnostic confidence while optimized on the CH5-2 transducer for abdominal applications.

Clarify Vascular Enhancement (VE): Utilizes the power Doppler flow of information to enhance B-mode imaging and to reduce the slice thickness artifact in 2D, while also reducing noise within the vascular structures. This also enhances the delineation of vessel walls while also giving better contrast resolution.

Dynamic TCE Technology: This post-processing method is available on all image transducers, and eliminates speckle noise and enhances border definition. The option is available to set low, medium, and high.

QuickStart: The option reduces the time required for both power-up and power-down events by allowing the system to enter a specialized standby mode. Standby mode power-down in 10 sec; complete boot-up in less than 10 sec. Standby time > 35min.

syngo Auto Folicle Measurements: The option allows users to automatically measure the size and volume of follicles in 2D, and to record up to 15 follicles.

syngo Auto OB Measurements: The algorithm provides the ability to semi auto-measure six major fetal structures required for biometric measurements: CRL, BPD, HL, HC, AC, and FL.

syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP): This is a non-invasive assessment method that evaluates cardiovascular risks, and also contains a semi-automated intima-medical thickness (IMT) measurement that calculates a Vascular Age and Framingham Risk Factors. Validated for adults 40 to 70 years of age.

syngo Auto Left Heart (Auto LH): There is no need for the landmark placement because it automatically detects the LV and LA borders of both the ED and ES. The feature provides automated measurements for left ventricular volume, ejection fraction, and volume-time curve for the cardiac cycle.

Tissue Grayscale Optimization (TGO): This product is a one-button image optimization. It automatically adjusts the image brightness to the tissue type that is being displayed and equalizes the overall image gain. It also automatically adjusts both the baseline and the scale in Doppler.

Year Launched

2015

Estimated Market Price

Mid

Monitor

21.5" LCD

Tilt/Rotate Adjustable Monitor

Yes

Monitor Resolution

1920*1080

Image Size Resolution

800*600

Touch Screen

Yes(10.4")

Trackball or Trackpad

Trackball

CP Back-Lighting

Yes

Weight

165 lbs(75kg)

Probe Ports

4

Battery

Yes(QuickStart)

Boot-Up Time

 

Sleep Mode

Yes

Maximum Depth of Field

30cm

Minimum Depth of Field

1cm

Cart

No

Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels

Yes

2D, M mode

Yes

M-color Flow Mode

Yes

Anatomical M-mode

Yes

Trapezoidal Mode

Yes

Color, Power Angio, Pulse Wave Doppler

Yes

Bi-directional Power

Yes

SCW Doppler

Yes

Tissue Doppler(Velocity) Imaging

Yes

Freehand 3D

Yes

Live 3/4D OB/GYN

Yes

HD Live

No

STIC

No

Live 3D Echo

No

Stress Echo

Yes

Strain and Strain Rate

No

B Flow

No

Panoramic Imaging

Yes

Contrast Imaging-Cardiac

Yes

Contrast Imaging - General Imaging

Yes

Strain-based Elastography

Yes

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(PW only)

Write Zoom

Yes

Triplex Mode

Yes

Needle Enhancement or Needle Recognition

No

Auto NT Measurement

No

Auto Follicle 2D Measurement

Yes(Option)

Auto Follicle 3D Measurement

No

Auto IMT

Yes(Option)

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)

Yes(Option)

Live Dual (B/BC) Mode

Yes

SmartExam or Scan Assistant

No

Fusion

No

Raw Data File

No

Flexible Report

Yes

Barcode Reader

Yes

Gel Warmer

Yes

Abdominal

Yes

Women's Health Care

Yes

OB

Yes

Fetal Echo

No

Vascular

Yes

TCD(Transcranial)

Yes

Small Parts

Yes

MSK/Anesthesiology

Yes

Pediatrics

Yes

Urology

Yes

Echocardiography_Adult

Yes

Interventional Cardiology

Yes

Echocardiography_Pediatric

Yes

Echocardiography_Neonate

No

Stress Echocardiography

Yes(Option)

Transesophageal Echo_Adult

No

Transesophageal Echo_Pediatric

No

Internal Medicine w/ Shared Service

Yes

Surgury

Yes

Interventional Radiology

Yes

Contrast Imaging_General Imaging

Yes(Option)

Contrast Imaging_Cardiac

Yes(Option)

Bowel Imaging

Yes

Strain Elastography

Yes(Option)

Shear Wave Elastography

No

Convex (1~6Mhz)

Yes(CH5-2)

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)

Yes(C8-5)

Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight Type

No

Endocavity_Curved Type

Yes(EC10-5w/EC9-4)

BiPlane Endo Rectal

No

Biplane Micro Convex (3~10MHz)

 

3D Convex

Yes(C8F3)

3D Convex Light Weight

 

3D Endocavity

No

3D Micro Convex

No

3D Linear

No

Linear (>14Mhz)

Yes(VF16-5)

Linear (3~12Mhz)

Yes(VF10-5)

Linear (<9Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Linear

No

Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz)

No

Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz)

No

Linear 50mm

Yes(VF12-4)

Linear 25mm

No

Hockey stick (<13Mhz)

Yes(VF13-5)

Hockey stick (>13Mhz)

No

T or L shape Intra Operative

No

Laparoscopic

No

Phased Array_Adult

Yes(P4-2)

Single Crystal Phased Array_Adult

No

2D Arrary 3D Phased Array

No

Phased Array_Pediatric

Yes(P8-4)

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)

Yes(CW2)

Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz)

Yes(CW5)

DICOM 3.0

Yes

DICOM SR_Cardiac

Yes

DICOM SR_Vascular

Yes

DICOM SR_OB/GYN

Yes

JPEG, WMV, & AVI

Yes

USB

6

HDD/SDD

500GB HDD

DVD/CD RW

Yes

Wireless LAN

Yes(Option)