Cardiac Ultrasound Machines — Buyer’s Guide

What’s the Average Price of a Cardiac Ultrasound Machine?

How Does a Cardiac Ultrasound Machine Work?

Types of Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

  • Best-in-Class Cardiac Ultrasound Machines
  • Portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machines
  • Shared Service Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

Typical Features of a Cardiac Ultrasound Machine

Cardiac Ultrasound Probes

  • The most widely used cardiac probe is the Phased Array Transducer with a central frequency of 2Mhz — 7.5Mhz.
  • Continuous Wave Doppler, a.k.a. Pencil Transducer, is used to measure the speed of sound and blood flow in blood vessels.
  • The Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Probe is an endocavity transducer with a middle-range frequency of 3Mhz — 10Mhz, used to obtain internal images of the heart via the esophagus.

Display Modes

2D Ultrasound

Doppler Imaging

3D Ultrasound

4D Cardiac Imaging

Salient Features of the Best Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

  • AI-enabled advanced workflow features that make regular examinations a breeze
  • Ergonomic design aspects that make image viewing, data capture, maneuvering, and managing the machine easy
  • Faster processors that expedite post imaging procedures
  • 4D imaging in keeping with the latest technological advancements in ultrasound scanning
  • 4D Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • High-resolution screens and images
  • Advanced probes that can switch between different viewing modalities
  • Automated quantifications and navigational features

Brief Overview of the Best Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

  1. GE Vivid E9
GE Vivid E9 Cardiac Ultrasound Machine
GE Vivid E9 Cardiac Ultrasound Machine
  • Accelerated Volume Architecture technology has eight times the processing power of ordinary ultrasound machines, enabling high-speed frame capture, large field-of-view, ultra-high-resolution images, and fewer artifacts. This technology also renders 4D imaging as fast as 2D imaging
  • The latest in 4D technology including 4D Auto LVQ, 4D Strain, 4D Views, 4D LV Mass, and advanced 4D user toolbox
  • 4D TEE feature also included to help with image-guided procedures
  • View images with a single touch and connect with virtual 4D storage
  • Lightweight machine with slim features, easily maneuverable
  • 17” LCD screen with tilt and swivel option for easy viewing angles and a touch-based navigation panel
  • EchoPAC software powered by AI technology to expedite image post-processing capability after scanning
  • Automated Function Imaging (AFI) strain that’s operator-independent to assess left ventricular function
  • Scan Assist and Scan Assist Pro help in quick system customizations for departmental protocols
  • FlexiSwitch allows switching between volumes and slices in both live and replay modes
GE Vivid iq Portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machine
GE Vivid iq Portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machine
  • 15.6” monitor with integrated touch screen and user control panel
  • TTE with Auto Gain and Smart Stress to expedite conventional exams
  • 2D TEE for exceptional speed and heart function accessibility
  • Intuitive and simple quantification tools like AutoEF, IMT, and Anatomical M-Mode
  • Improved keystrokes with gestures like tap, pinch, and zoom enabled for ease of usage
  • IntraCardiac Echo (ICE) to strengthen real-time monitoring and guidance
  • Blood Flow Imaging uses a signal processing algorithm to enhance blood flow data visualization
  • 10% thinner and lighter than the Vivid q
  • 11 + (5) ICE probes with four probe ports
Philips EPIQ 7 Ultrasound System
Philips EPIQ 7 Ultrasound System
  • TrueVue advanced 3D display with the ability to manipulate live images’ light and shadow
  • xMatrix multi-mode transducer can switch between different modes like 2D, 3D, 4D, Doppler, color Doppler, CPA, MPR, Live MPR, and Live xPlane
  • MaxVue high-definition display with 1,179,648 additional image pixels than regular monitors
  • 38% more viewing area and optimized display modes for dual, side/side, biplane, and scrolling imaging
  • nSIGHT imaging architecture with precision beamformer and massive parallel processing
  • MicroCPA for visualization of low-velocity microcirculation in exceptional small vessels
  • Superb ergonomics with advanced workflow, iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D, and extraordinary mobility
  • 15% fewer steps to complete examinations
  • 4D TEE with fluoroscopy for image-guided and surgical procedures
  • Advanced automated features like Automated 2D Cardiac Quantification, Automated Cardiac Motion Quantification, and automatic image fusion and navigation registration
  • Navigational features include The Mitral Valve Navigator and Vascular Plaque Quantification
  • iSSL technology, Remote Desktop, online support, and proactive monitoring

Summing Up

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