Buyers Guides

Finding the best women’s health ultrasound machine

For Obstetricians and Gynecologists an ultrasound machine has become a primary tool for diagnosis. What women’s health ultrasound machines have been able to provide in terms of usable data has been increasing year by year. The number of brands offering solutions has also increased. The result is that it can be an overwhelming decision making process to determine the best women’s health ultrasound machines to evaluate.

Click on any of the categories to see the top 2-4 recommended women’s health ultrasound machines in that category. All machines in a category will have similar minimum features. The price range in a category will generally but not always be similar. Price fluctuates by the brand recognition of an ultrasound machine (well known brands carry a higher price) as well as the condition of the system. (Brand new machines have higher prices than refurbished or used women’s health ultrasound machines.)

Often the best value in a category will be a refurbished ultrasound system from a well-known brand. The feature set is the same as other competing machines in the category but the price is much lower. If you know what category you’re looking for choose one below and click to see what women’s health ultrasound machines are recommended in that feature range:

Categories of women’s health ultrasound machines

Premium
The most advanced, top of the line systems, but also the most expensive.
High-end
Most, but not all of the features of the premium segment at a lower cost.
Midrange
The most commonly purchased systems with some premium features.
Economy
Basic systems with less advanced technology but at the lowest price.
Portable
Range from High-end to Economy, but less expensive than consoles.

The best premium women’s health ultrasound machines

Recommended: Philips Epiq 7, GE Voluson E8, Voluson E10, Samsung WS80A

Premium women’s health ultrasound machines show off the latest technologies each brand has developed and provide the absolute best image quality for even difficult patients along with the full spectrum functions available. Doctors, especially those in research, educational and clinical environments who need the very best without regard to the price will want to consider the premium segment.

There is no single brand in the women’s health ultrasound market that dominates the others. GE certainly can lay claim to women’s health ultrasounds with the best 4D, while Samsung offers some of the best prices in each price range of women’s health. Philips is known for its ergonomics, smooth, timesaving workflow and reliability.

Some of the premium features common to this segment include high-resolution 4D (known as HD live by GE), shearwave elastrography and automatic measurements that save time. 2D Image quality of course should be amazing. Huge monitors on articulating arms and touchscreens are par for the course as well.

KPI recommends the Philips Epiq 7 as provides the best image quality and broadest set of features among women’s health ultrasounds. The GE Voluson E10 is also an outstanding choice; especially if 4D scans will be a large percentage of your work. The GE Voluson E8 is still an excellent choice, and with the release of the E10, the E8 is becoming more affordable, enhancing its appeal. The Samsung WS80A is perhaps the biggest value in this premium segment as it offers excellent 4D.

premium cardiac ultrasound
What to expect in the premium women’s health ultrasound category
  • Amazing image quality in B/D/C
  • Realistic 4D image quality (HD Live & FRV)
  • Convex, transvaginal and linear 4D transducers (Mechanical & Matrix)
  • Wide bandwidth transducers such as the single crystal probes
  • Wide FoV (Field of View) linear transducers (up to 50mm)
  • Wide FoV transvaginal transducers (up to 200 degrees)
  • High frequency (6~12Mhz) transvaginal transducer for 1st trimester
  • Breast elastography (Strain is good, shearwave is the best)
  • Full Measurement full package for OB/GYN and Breast
  • Customizable report page
  • Connectivity with EMR, HIS, RIS & 3rd party tools (Sonultra, ViewPoint etc.)
  • Fast frame rate for 4D up to 25 volume per second
  • Color Flow mapping in 4D for better identification of vascularity
  • 4D features: Multi sectional view, Free cut view (oblique view SM)
  • 4D features: Curved ROI, Fetal heart navigation, STIC
  • Auto Measurement: NT, NB, Femur Length, Follicle, Breast ultrasound CAD
  • Fetal heart application including Arbitray M mode
  • Offline workstation for 3D & 4D
  • Volume needle guide for breast biopsy
Key reasons the Philips Epiq 7 is recommended:
  • The successor to the iU22 with xMTRIX
  • nSIGHT (the most advanced Philips beamforming)
  • 21.5” LED monitor and 12” tablet-like touchscreen for navigation
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • Extremely light and quiet
  • xMATRIX X6-1 transducer: no frame rate penalty
  • X6-1: 2D, 4D, Live Xplane, Live MPR, MRP, Doppler, Color Doppler & CPA
  • Single crystal PureWave probes: Transvaginal C10-3v, Convex C9-2 & C5-1
  • 2D Endocavitary transducers: C10-3v, C10-4ec
  • WideSCAN: expanded field of view during SonoCT imaging
  • High performance wide footprint linear (50mm)
  • SonoCT real-time compounding imaging
  • XRES: noise and artifact reduction for improved tissue & border definition
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • xMATRIX 3D Panoramic: spatial relationship between structures
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging (L18-5 & L12-5)
  • Strain based elastography for gynecological imaging (C10-3v)
  • Shearwave elastography available
  • Fetal Heart Navigator (FHN) acquire fetal heart volume in 2 seconds
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
Philips Epiq 7
Key reasons the GE Voluson E8 is recommended:
  • 19″ LED monitor & 10.4″ touch screen for navigation
  • Matrix Array Volume Technology Probes (RM6C, RIC6-12-D, RM14L)
  • Advanced 4D with the 2nd generation dynamic render engine
  • Fast volume rates
  • Many flexible imaging formats with amazing resolution
  • HD Live for better volume assessment of 1st trimester anatomy & vascular structure
  • SonoBiometry – Semi-automated biometry measurement for BPD, HC, AC, & FL
  • SonoNT & SonoIT semi-automatic, standardized measurements of the nuchal and intracranial translucency in the 1st trimester.
  • Advanced OB tools: SonoAVC follicle, SonoVCAD heart & SonoVCAD labor
  • Advanced OB tools: Advanced STIC, Advanced Fetal Echo
  • Elastography
  • Scan Assistant
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • Electrical Height Adjustment
  • Customizable measurements and reports
  • High performance wide-footprint linear (50mm)
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
GE Voluson E8 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Voluson E10 is recommended:
  • 23″ widescreen LED monitor and 12.1″ touch screen for navigation
  • Four times the processing power of the GE Voluson E8
  • The first commercially available curved matrix 4D Transducer (eM6C)
  • Ultra-fast volume rates
  • Many flexible imaging formats with amazing resolution
  • SonoNT & SonoIT semi-automatic, standardized measurements of the nuchal and intracranial translucency in the 1st trimester.
  • Advanced OB tools: SonoAVC follicle, SonoVCAD heart & SonoVCAD labor
  • Advanced OB tools: Advanced STIC, Advanced Fetal Echo
  • Elastography
  • Scan Assistant
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • Electrical Height Adjustment
  • Advanced 4D
  • 4x processing power of the Voluson e8
  • High-performance wide footprint linear (50mm)
  • Ultra-fast volume rates, flexible imaging formats
  • HD Live: better volume assessment of 1st trimester anatomy & vascular structure
  • HDlive silhouette & flow showing structures in new and different ways
  • SonoBiometry: Semi-automated biometry measurement for BPD, HC, AC, & FL
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
GE Voluson E10 Ultrasound
Key reasons the Samsung WS80A is recommended:
  • 21.5″ widescreen LED monitor & 10.5″ touch screen for navigation
  • Hybrid Beamforming Engine™: fast frame rate, more powerful data processing and noise reduction capabilities
  • Ergonomic design and stress-free workflow
  • SDMR™ evo Speckle Reduction and edge enhancement
  • Advanced 4D(V4-8, V5-9) but no Matrix 4D
  • NT Measurement Solutions (2D NT, Volume NT™, 5D NT) Advanced Nuchal Translucency diagnostic features
  • 5D LB Automatic detection and measurement of fetal long bones
  • MPI Automatic measurement of myocardial performance index
  • Advanced Feto Realistic View™ (FRV™) Uses a virtual light source to provide more realistic views of the fetus and aid in diagnostic evaluation
  • EZ Exam™ condenses multiple steps into a streamlined process with a touch of a button
  • HD ADVR™ integrates DVR technology that allows the user to save live video to DVD and USB (Full HD 1920 x 1080)
  • Dual level Temperature Integrated Gel Warmer
  • High performance wide footprint linear (50mm)
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
Samsung UGEO WS80A Ultrasound System

The best high-end women’s health ultrasound systems

Recommended: Philips Epiq 5, Philips Affiniti 70, GE Voluson E6, GE Voluson S8

Do you want the best for your practice, but don’t want to pay the most? This is why the high-end women’s health ultrasound category exists. It pairs the absolute best image quality, scales back a few features or probes from the premium category and lowers to price to more attainable levels. More focus goes on workflow efficiency rather than just the most powerful features.

Philips and GE both have very good women’s health ultrasounds in the high-end segment. GE has the better 4D while Philips offers better image quality at a better price with good 4D. Typical features in the high-end women’s health segment are 4D, large monitors on articulating arms, single crystal transducers and image quality as good as the premium category.

The Philps Epiq 5 is the less expensive of the two Epiq systems but other than a lack of xMatrix probes and a few features is identical to the premium Epiq 7. The Philips Affiniti 70 is in turn very similar to the Epiq 5 with a few less features, but keeping the single crystal probes. The Affiniti 70 is a tremendous value blending premium image quality and a broad set of applications it is very good at. KPI recommends the Affiniti 70 as the best option for most physicians seeking the best value in the high-end women’s health ultrasound market.

The GE Voluson E6 is a scaled-back version of the Voluson E8 and looks identical. The E6 has a few software and probe differences from the E8, however image quality is nearly identical. The GE Voluson S8 is a newer platform that boasts similar image quality to the E6 but uses many of the less expensive probes of the Voluson-i. The S8 is much smaller and lighter than the E8 but with the same screen size.

high-end cardiac ultrasound

What to expect in the high-end women’s health ultrasound category:

  • Excellent image quality on B/D/C for accurate diagnosis
  • Superior 4D image quality (Optional HD Live or FRV)
  • 4D mechanical convex and transvaginal transducers
  • Wide bandwidth single crystal transducers
  • Wide FoV (Field of View) linear transducers up to 50mm
  • Wide FoV Transvaginal transducers up to 200degrees
  • Shearwave and or Strain based Breast Elastography
  • Full measurement package for OB, GYN and Breast
  • Fully customizable reports
  • Connect with EMR, HIS, RIS and 3rd party tools (Sonultra, ViewPoint etc.)
  • Fast 4D frame rate (up to 25 volume per second)
  • 4D features: Multi sectional view, Freely cutting view (oblique view_SM)
  • 4D features: Curved ROI, Fetal heart navigation, STIC
  • Auto Measurement: NT, NB, Femur Length, Follicle, Breast ultrasound CAD
  • Fetal heart application including Anatomical M mode
  • Offline workstation for 3D & 4D
Key reasons the Philips Epiq 5 is recommended:
  • The replacement for the non xMatrix iU22
  • 21.5” LED monitor and 12” tablet-like touchscreen for navigation
  • nSIGHT beamforming with powerful massive parallel processing
  • SonoCT: real time image compounding
  • XRES noise and artifact reduction
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • Great ergonomics and time-saving workflow
  • High performance wide footprint linear transducer (50mm)
  • 4 single crystal PureWave transducers (C10-3v, C9-2, C5-1, S5-1)
  • Multimodality side-by-side image comparison
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging with the L18-5 & L12-5
  • Strain based elastography for gynecology and urology with the C10-3v
  • Shearwave elastography
  • Easy to use on and off cart quantification tools
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
Philips Epiq 5 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips Affiniti 70 is recommended:
  • Replacement for the Philips HD15
  • For the money the Affiniti 70 proves the best imaging & efficient workflow
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN with B/C/D
  • Same 21.5” LED monitor and 12” touchscreen as the Epiq series
  • SonoCT (Compounding), XRES (Speckle reduction) and Tissue Specific Preset
  • Extremely light and quiet with a huge monitor & great ergonomics
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • Probes: 4 Single Crystal (C10-3v, C9-2, C5-1, S5-1)
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging with the L12-5
  • Strain based elastography for GYN and pelvic imaging with the C10-3v
  • Shearwave elastography available
  • Easy to use on and off-cart quantification tools
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
Philips Affiniti 70 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Voluson E6 is recommended:
  • Same platform as E8, only a few function and transducer differences
  • 19″ LED monitor & 10.4″ touch screen for navigation
  • Advanced 4D with dynamic render engine for excellent 4D image quality
  • High performance wide footprint linear transducer (50mm)
  • HD Live (not quite at E8’s level, but still gives excellent volume assessment of 1st trimester anatomy and vascular structure)
  • SonoBiometry: Semi-automated biometry measurement for BPD, HC, AC, & FL
  • SonoNT & SonoIT semi-automatic, standardized measurements of the nuchal and intracranial translucency in the 1st trimester.
  • Advanced OB tools: SonoAVC follicle, SonoVCAD heart & SonoVCAD labor
  • Advanced OB tools: Advanced STIC & Advanced Fetal Echo
  • Elastography & analysis
  • Scan Assistant
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • Electrical Height Adjustment
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • ViewPoint: reporting and image management enables users to create electronic reports
GE Voluson E6 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Voluson S8 is recommended:
  • 19″ LED monitor but no touch screen for navigation
  • Sleek design, lightweight and highly portable for a high-end console
  • Real time 4D probe RAB6-RS has 192 elements
  • High performance wide footprint linear transducer (50mm)
  • Cost-efficient 4D Performance and productivity
  • HD Live (not quite at E8’s level)
  • SonoBiometry: Semi-automated biometry measurement for BPD, HC, AC, & FL
  • SonoNT & SonoIT semi-automatic, standardized measurements of the nuchal and intracranial translucency in the 1st trimester.
  • Premium OB tools: SonoAVC follicle, SonoVCAD heart, & SonoVCADlabor
  • Elastography & analysis
  • Scan Assistant
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • ViewPoint: reporting and image management enables users to create electronic reports
  • Battery Pack: limited autonomous power
GE Voluson S8 Ultrasound System

The best midrange women’s health ultrasound systems

Recommended: Philips Affiniti 50, GE Voluson S6, Samsung A30, Philips ClearVue 650

The midrange women’s health ultrasound market is the most crowded and most competitive segment of them all. Midrange ultrasounds evenly balance price and performance, which is why they are the best selling ultrasound machines. Midrange women’s health ultrasound machines emphasize image quality and workflow efficiencies while lowering costs by lowering the number of features.

At this price point 4D is still a common feature but 4D frame rates drop and high definition 4D becomes optional rather than standard. Midrange women’s health ultrasounds still offer a wide range of transducers, but without single crystal options. All the brands have good products in this segment.

If fundamental image quality and efficient workflow are your priority then the Philips Affiniti 50 should be at the top of your list for consideration at the midrange price point. The Affiniti 50 looks nearly identical to the premium level Epiq series and borrows much of the same hardware. Also worth consideration from Philips in the midrange women’s health category is the lower priced ClearVue 650 which sacrifices the Affiniti 50’s more powerful hardware and deeper transducer selection in order to lower costs.

GE offers more powerful 4D but a more narrow set of probes and applications than Philips and Samsung in the midrange segment. The Voluson S6 is a scaled down version of the GE Voluson S8 that looks identical on the outside but offers less transducers and features.

Samsung has the Accuvix A30 in the midrange women’s health ultrasound category. The A30 which has good 4D and a broad set of potential applications all at a price lower than GE Voluson S6 or Affiniti 50. If prioritizing price is your priority then the A30 affers a great value for this segment.

Buyer's guide of Mid-range Cardiac

What to expect in the midrange women’s health ultrasound category:

  • Good to excellent image quality on B/D/C for daily practice
  • Good 4D image quality (Optional HD Live or FRV)
  • 4D mechanical convex, transvaginal & optional linear transducers
  • Biopsy kits for Linear & transvaginal probes
  • Wide FoV (Field of View) linear transducers up to 50mm
  • Wide FoV Transvaginal transducers up to 200degrees
  • Full measurement package for OB, GYN and Breast
  • Fully customizable reports
  • Connect with EMR, HIS, RIS and 3rd party tools (Sonultra, ViewPoint etc.)
  • Fast 4D frame rate (up to 10 volume per second)
  • Optional 4D features: HD live(GE), FRV(Samsung), Volume Contrast Imaging
  • 4D features: Multi sectional view, Free cut view, oblique view_(Samsung)
  • Curved ROI, Fetal heart navigation, STIC
  • Fetal heart application including Anatomical M mode
Key reasons the Philips Affiniti 50 is recommended:
  • Replacement for the Philips HD11xe
  • The best image quality and advanced hardware in this category
  • Same 21.5” LED monitor and 12” touchscreen as the Epiq series
  • No articulating monitor arm
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN with B/C/D
  • On and off-cart quantification tools that are easy to use
  • SonoCT: image compounding
  • XRES: speckle reduction
  • Extremely light and quiet with a huge monitor & great ergonomics
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
  • 2D & 4D Transvaginal and Endocavitary probes (C10-4ec, C9-4v, 3D9-3v)
  • High performance wide footprint linear (50mm)
  • Fetal Heart Navigator: automates the initial ductal arch view 4 chamber, LVOT & RVOT
  • More cost effective transducer sets than those of the Affiniti 70
Philips Affiniti 50
Key reasons the GE Voluson S6 is recommended:
  • 19″ LED monitor but no touch screen for navigation
  • S8 platform without HD live and a few function & probe differences
  • Midrange pricing with technology from premium & high-end systems
  • Sleek design, lightweight and highly portable console
  • Real time 4D probe RAB6-RS has 192 elements
  • SonoBiometry: Semi-automated biometry for BPD, HC, AC, & FL
  • SonoNT & SonoIT: measurement of the 1st trimester nuchal & intracranial translucency
  • Premium OB tools: SonoAVC follicle, SonoVCAD heart, & SonoVCADlabor
  • Strain-based elastography
  • Scan Assistant
  • Automatic Image Optimization
  • ViewPoint: reporting & image management in electronic reports
  • Battery Pack: limited autonomous power
  • High performance wide footprint linear (50mm)
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
GE Voluson S6 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Samsung Accuvix A30 is recommended:
  • The hybrid beamforming engine gives the A30 high 4D processing power
  • 21.5” HD LED monitor with articulating arm & 10.1″ touch screen
  • High-end 4D features such as Volume NT & IT, 3D XI, XI STIC
  • Automatically detect the baby face with an auto recognition tool
  • QuickScan image optimization for B/D
  • Mechanical 4D convex probes (V2-6, V4-8, V5-9)
  • Strain based elastography for Breast, Thyroid, and Gyncology
  • EZ-Exam: transforms multiple steps into a streamlined process
  • HDVI (High Definition Volume Imaging) one button 4D image rendering
  • HD ADVR™ DVD (720 x 480) & USB (1920 x 1080) simultaneously scan & record
  • High performance wide footprint linear transducer (50mm)
  • Full OB/GYN measurement package and flexible report format
Samsung Accuvix A30 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips ClearVue 650 is recommended:
  • 19″ LED monitor on a fully articulating arm
  • Lightweight system with intuitive user interface for enhanced ease of use
  • SonoCT and XRES for multi application image quality, including 3D/4D
  • SmartExam enhances productivity
  • Convex and Transvaginal mechanical 4D transducers (V6-2 & 3D9-3v)
  • Fetal STIC
  • Auto Face Reveal feature
  • Raw Data: for flexibility in post-processing and analysis
  • Limited autonomous power
  • On-screen biopsys guide lines
Philips ClearVue 650 Ultrasound System

The best economy women’s health ultrasound systems

Recommended: Philips Affiniti 50, GE Voluson S6, Samsung A30, Philips ClearVue 650

Women’s health ultrasound machines often must prioritize price over everything else but these systems in the economy segment still offer more image quality and features today than many midrange ultrasound machines from ten years ago!

Obstetricians and Gynecologists looking to purchase their first diagnostic women’s health ultrasound or replace an old ultrasound machine that has become expensive or difficult to maintain should consider the economy women’s health ultrasound category. In many developing nations the existence of this category has allowed hospitals and clinics that otherwise could not afford an ultrasound machine for diagnosis to consider one.

Acceptable image quality and a basic transducer set with a smaller screen are common in this segment. 4D is rare at this price point and hardware sacrifices to lower the cost limit automation but the standouts listed here offer more than what you might expect. The Philips ClearVue 550 offers the best image quality, but its probe options are features are more limited. Both the ClearVue 550 and Logiq P5 premium can be true shared service ultrasound machines. The GE Logiq P5 offers the most advanced features (4D & strain based elastography) and the largest variety of features and probes. However the probes and system hardware are the most outdated of the 4 recommended systems resulting in only acceptable image quality. The Samsung H60 offers a good mix of image quality and features in between the ClearVue 550 and Logiq P5 premium. The H60 is also sleek and modern like the ClearVue. The Alpinion Ecube 7 offers the best 4D, and price point with a modern design but limited probe and feature depth.

If you prioritize image quality then the ClearVue 550 is recommended. If you prioritize 4D then the Ecube 7 will be the best economy.

Buyer's guide of Economy

What to expect in the economy women’s health ultrasound category:

  • Acceptable to Good image quality on B/D/C for daily practice
  • Basic 3D/4D function: Multi planar mode, Multi sectional view, Curved ROI
  • Wide FoV (Field of View) linear transducers up to 50mm
  • Full measurement package for OB, GYN and Breast
  • Fast 4D frame rate (up to 10 volume per second)
  • Good UI (Easy 3/4D workflow, 3/4D button on control panel)
  • Auto image optimization function
  • Auto Doppler measurement (in real time)
Key reasons the Philips ClearVue 550 is recommended:
  • 17″ LED monitor on a fully articulating arm
  • Lightweight system with intuitive user interface for enhanced ease of use
  • SonoCT and XRES for multi application image quality
  • SmartExam enhances productivity
  • Basic line of transducers (C5-2, C9-4v, & L12-4)
  • 4 transducer ports
  • Imaging modes (Freehand 3D, read/write zoom & panoramic)
  • Full OB/GYN and fertility analysis and flexible report format
  • Intuitive control panel, easily accessible USB port and CD/DVD
  • Ergonomic wrap-around handle and cable management hooks
  • Four-way swivel wheels
Philips ClearVue 550 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Logiq P5 is recommended:
  • 15″ LCD with fully articulating arm
  • Automatic Image Optimization for B/C/D
  • Good, economic solution for 4D
  • Shared service with optional cardiac and 4D package
  • 4D probes: 4D3C-L Convex, 4D8C Microconvex & 4DE7C Endocavitary
  • 4D probes are older style with limited frame rate
  • Basic and advanced 3D acquisition and rendering: 4D B-mode
  • SRI (speckle reduction), and XRES (Image compounding)
  • Elastography
  • B-Steer
  • Auto Optimization for B/C/D
  • ViewPoint: electronic reporting and image management
  • Full OB/GYN measurements package & report designer
GE Logiq P5 premium Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Samsung UGEO H60 is recommended:
  • The hybrid beamforming engine gives the H60 high 4D processing power
  • 18.5” HD LED monitor and 10.1″ touch screen for navigation
  • High-end 4D features such as Volume NT & IT, 3D XI, XI STIC
  • Slim & lightweight
  • Excellent ergonomics and workflow
  • Modern, up-to-date hardware and software architecture and  features
  • e-Motion Marker: displays the direction of the transducer’s beam plane on  screen
  • QuickScan
  • Mechanical 4D probes (3D2-6, VD4-8, 3D4-9)
  • Highly responsive electrostatic touchscreen
  • Customizable keys on CP & touchscreen
  • Digital TGC on touchscreen
  • Elastography
  • Gel warmer
Samsung UGEO H60 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Alpinion E-CUBE 7 is recommended:
  • Spatial compounding and Speckle reduction
  • Beam Steering
  • Panoramic imaging
  • Most affordable system with a 4D fetal application
  • Lightweight 4D convex probe VC1-6
  • Volume Master: Fast rendering speed and outstanding quality
  • 18.5″ Wide LED with tilt and swivel adjustments
  • High-quality linear probes: wide footprint (64mm) and wide bandwidth
Alpinion Ecube 7 Ultrasouns System

The best portable women’s health ultrasound systems

Recommended: GE Voluson i, Samsung UGEO HM70A

Portable women’s health ultrasound machines range in price and features from the midrange to the economy and provide point-of-care diagnostics, and multi-location usage. However as the power of portables now is very close to console units of the same segment, many medical professionals are choosing them over consoles because they are easy to move around, keep secure, and send out for service. The main downside of a portable is that it usually has only one active transducer port unless a multi-probe connector cart is used. Portable ultrasound machines have become especially popular in the women’s health segment as the price is typically lower than a competing economy or midrange console with similar features and they fit well in smaller rooms. Portable women’s health ultrasounds emphasize 2D image quality, workflow efficiency and 4D as an important option.

GE has been a leader in the women’s health ultrasound machine market ever since it purchased the Voluson product from Medison over a decade ago. GE has developed the Voluson line into many products including the Voluson-i, the portable Voluson. Samsung, which purchased Medison a few years ago acquired similar technology and is trying to close the gap with GE. Samsung offers excellent monitors, updated designs and a tremendous R&D department that will continue to innovate. This competition in the 4D and women’s health segment means great values for buyers.

The GE Voluson i is the first portable Voluson and it has many variations like the Voluson e (a feature stripped version of the Voluson i meant for a lower price point) and the Voluson-q, a more advanced quantitative version that has since been discontinued and rolled into the Voluson-i. Those who are familiar with the more well know Voluson 730 and want to replace it will find the Voluson i a worthy successor and a great value. It has excellent image quality and the widest array of 4D probe choices in the portable ultrasound segment. The Samsung UGEO HM70A is the successor to the Medison U6 and is improved in every way. It offers a lower cost option to the Voluson-i and a wider set of potential applications including shared service as it can also provide full cardiac features.

Buyer's guide of Portable Ultrasound

What to expect in the portable women’s health ultrasound category:

  • Good 4D image quality
  • Excellent to Good image quality for 2D and Doppler
  • 15” monitors
  • Laptop shape
  • One active probe port
  • Auto Doppler measurement in real time
  • Full package measurement for OB/GYN & Breast
  • Auto image optimization function
Key reasons the GE Voluson i is recommended:
  • Unique high-end 4D solution with excellent image quality
  • Various premium 4D features and transducers for extended exams
  • Slim and lightweight (5.6Kg, 12.3lb)
  • Six 4D probes: (RAB2-5, RAB2-6, RAB4-8, RIC5-9W, RSP6-16, RNA5-9)
  • Sufficient linear and endocavitary probes for gynecology
  • XTD: extended field of view
  • Automatic Optimization (B/D)
  • TUI (Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging)
  • STIC
  • SonoNT
  • SonoRender Start
  • SonoAVCfollicle
  • SonoVCADheart
  • SonoVCADlabor
GE Voluson-i Portable Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Samsung UGEO HM70A is recommended:
  • Affordable midrange 4D solution with great price vs. performance
  • Slim and lightweight (6.1Kg, 13.7lb)
  • EZ-Exam: transforms multiple steps into a streamlined process
  • HDVI (High Definition Volume Imaging) One button 4D image rendering
  • Full Screen Mode: Expand the image area to fit the entire screen
  • HD ADVR™ DVD (720 x 480) & USB (1920 x 1080), record & scan simultaneously
  • QuickScan: quick image optimization for B/D
  • Several linear probes, but no wide footprint over 50mm
  • 1 mechanical 4D convex probe (VN4-8)
  • 4D modes: Surface 3D, Multi-slice, Multi-planar, & real time 4D
Samsung UGEO HM70A Portable Ultrasound System

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