Buyers Guides

Finding the best shared service ultrasound machine

Shared service is not really an application but the recognition that multiple applications will often be needed in the same ultrasound machine. If you work at a multi-specialty clinic, in a hospital, or an imaging center, chances are that several physicians each with different specialties is going to need diagnostic ultrasound scans. Rather than purchasing a specialized ultrasound machine for each it is much more convenient and cost effective to purchase a shared service ultrasound that can do it all.

Click on any of the categories below to see the top 2-4 recommended shared service 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 shared service 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 segment but the price is much lower. If you know what segment you’re looking for choose one below and click to see what shared service ultrasound machines are recommended in that feature range:

Categories of shared service 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 shared service ultrasound machines:

Recommended systems: Philips Epiq 7 & Epiq 5, GE Logiq E9, Philips iU22

Premium shared service ultrasound machines are meant to showcase the latest technologies and provide the absolute best image quality for even difficult patients in every possible application. Medical professionals who require the very best image quality and features across all applications where price is not an obstacles will want to choose an ultrasound machine in this segment.

Philips has long held an advantage in shared service with the Philips iU22 holding the top spot for cardiac focused shared service ultrasounds. The iU22 has been upgraded and refined for nearly a decade. However the GE Logiq E9 has now nearly matched the iU22 in cardiac performance and was always superior in 4D OB/GYN applications. In late 2013 Philips released it’s new Epiq 7 and is now phasing out the iU22 in favor of the Epiq 7 and 5. In the past the iE33 and iU22 were differentiated by the iE33’s stronger cardiac focus. The Epiq line meanwhile does not have this distinction between the Epiq 7 and 5. The Epiq 7 is clearly the more powerful unit, but the Epiq 5 is only missing a few probes and features from the 7. Both the Epiq ultrasounds are next generation machines that are smaller, lighter, faster and have bigger screens and touchscreens than the previous generation.

Kpi recommends the Philips Epiq 7, GE Logiq E9, Philips iU22, and Philips Epiq 5 as the best shared service ultrasound machines in the premium segment. Even though the iU22 is surpassed by the new Epiq 7 and 5, the difference is great that the iU22 has no more value. On the contrary, the iU22 is being sought in record numbers because the price is becoming more affordable. Perhaps the best price to power ratio however goes to the GE Logiq E9 which matches the iU22 in cardiac performance while offering superior 4D for OB/GYN applications. If you want the latest technology, small size and are less focused on 4D then the Epiq 7 and Epiq 5 make the most sense.

premium cardiac ultrasound
What to expect from a premium shared service ultrasound machine:
  • The best image quality
  • Large ultra high-quality LCD monitor and tablet-like touch panel
  • The most advanced technology providing superfast processing speeds
  • Technologies like 4D strain, 4D TEE for advanced interventional procedures
  • A 2D Matrix transducer providing sectional view and 4D echo
  • All cardiac disciplines supported: LVO, 2D & 4D strain, and pediatric
  • Repeatable, automatic LV function data with efficient 4D workflow
  • Powerful automatic image optimization and auto measurement
  • Semi or Automatic Quantification tools
  • Full cardiac measurement package and flexible reporting format
Key reasons the Philips EPIQ 7 is recommended:
  • 21.5” LED monitor and 12” tablet-like touchscreen for navigation
  • nSIGHT beamforming with powerful massive parallel processing
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • SonoCT: real time image compounding
  • XRES noise and artifact reduction
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging with the L18-5 & L12-5
  • Strain based elastography for gynecology and urology with the C10-3v
  • Shear wave elastography available on the C5-1 for liver imaging
  • Probes: 2 xMATRIX (X5-1, X7-2t) & 4 single crystal (C10-3v, C9-2, C5-1, S5-1)
  • Fast and easy measurements in 4D and MPR views
  • 4D TEE for surgical procedures and image-guided procedures (Cath lab)
  • 4D TEE incorporates fluoroscopy for automatic registration and tracking
  • Multimodality side-by-side image comparison
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • QLAB – Easy to use quantification tools with great reproducibility & accuracy
  • QLAB: Auto IMT, Vascular Plaque Quantification
  • QLAB: GI 3D quantification, Fetal Heart Navigator
  • 2D LV quantification with both speckle tracking and Tissue Doppler imaging
  • The successor of iE33 & iU22 xMaTRIX
  • C10-3v & C10-4ec endocavitary transducers for OB/GYN exams
  • Smart exam for stress echo, abdominal & vascular speeds exam times
  • Advanced automated Cardiac LV measurement
  • aCMQ(Automated Cardiac Motion/Mechanics Quantification) with ZeroClick provides objective assessment of the left ventricle’s global function, regional wall motion, deformation and timing with next gen 2D speckle tracking
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
Philips Epiq 7
Key reasons the Philips EPIQ 5 is recommended:
  • The successor of the iU22 (non xMatrix version)
  • 21.5” LED monitor and 12” tablet-like touchscreen for navigation
  • nSIGHT beamforming with powerful massive parallel processing
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • SonoCT: real time image compounding
  • XRES noise and artifact reduction
  • Extremely light and quiet with great ergonomics
  • 4 single crystal PureWave transducers (C10-3v, C9-2, C5-1, S5-1)
  • Fast and easy measurements in 4D and MPR views
  • 4D TEE for surgical procedures and image-guided procedures (Cath lab)
  • 4D TEE incorporates fluoroscopy for automatic registration and tracking
  • 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
  • Shear wave elastography available on the C5-1 for liver imaging
  • 2D LV quantification with both speckle tracking and Tissue Doppler imaging
  • QLAB – Easy to use quantification tools with great reproducibility & accuracy
  • QLAB: Auto IMT, Vascular Plaque Quantification
  • QLAB: GI 3D quantification, Fetal Heart Navigator
  • Full cardiac measurement package and flexible report format
  • aCMQ(Automated Cardiac Motion/Mechanics Quantification) with ZeroClick provides objective assessment of the left ventricle’s global function, regional wall motion, deformation and timing with next gen 2D speckle tracking
Philips Epiq 5 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Logiq E9 is recommended:
  • Feature set similar to the iE33 & Epiq 7 & 5 but more OB & GI oriented
  • 19″ LCD with a separate large, tablet-like touch panel for navigation
  • ECHOPAC software and network solutions
  • Raw Data Format: Ability to post process images after scanning
  • Adjustable electronic keyboard is easier to handle and operate
  • 2 Single Crystal xDClear transducers C2-9 & C1-6
  • B-Flow displaying great hemodynamics without the limitations of Doppler
  • Strain-based elastography and shearwave imaging
  • Side by side or overlay of CT, MR, PET or ultrasound images
  • Wide range of 4D transducers; linear, convex, micro convex & endocavitary
  • Compare assistant: compare current and previous images side-by-side
  • Measure assistant: automatic measurements that are easily edited or accepted
  • Scan assistant: customizable scanning program that decreases keystroke and shortens exams
GE Logiq E9 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips iU22 is recommended:
  • The most popular echo system in the world for the last decade
  • 17-20” LCD monitor with two navigational touchscreens
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • Probes: 4 xMATRIX (X7-2. X5-1, X3-1, X7-2t) and 1 Single Crystal (S5-1)
  • 4D TEE – Quick, reproducible, and quantifiable
  • 4D Echo dual display mode with 4D volume and MPR
  • Pediatric TEE S8-3t Micro TEE for patients weighing less than 2.5Kg(5.5lb)
  • X5-1 xMATRIX: 4D, color, Live xPlane, iRoate with small footprint
  • Easy to use quantification tools w/ great reproducibility and accuracy
  • Powerful Philips xSTREAM beamformer for processing multiple data streams
  • SonoCT: real time image compounding
  • XRES: speckle reduction
  • Elevation image compounding on the X6-1
  • Auto Doppler flow optimization: color box position & angle, PW sample volume placement & angle
  • 1 Single Crystal PureWave transducer S5-1
  • 4D Echo with the X7-2 transducer
  • Cardiac exam volume rates up to 90 fps with the X3-1 transducer
  • Mechanical 4D transducers (Vl13-5, V6-2, 3D 9-3v)
  • X6-1 xMATRIX: imaging in 2 planes at once, without rotating the probe
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging with the L17-5 & L12-5
  • Strain based elastography for GYN and urology imaging with the C10-3v
  • Shear wave elastography available on C5-1 for liver imaging
  • SmartExam tools deliver efficiency
  • PercuNav: a GPS for guiding soft tissue biopsy and ablation procedures
  • QLAB: Easy to use quantification tools onboard or on PC
Philips iU22 Ultrasound System

The best high-end shared service ultrasound machines:

Recommended systems: Philips Affiniti 70, GE Logiq S8 & Philips HD15

High-end shared service ultrasounds perform similar to those in the premium category but with a few top less top the line features in order to provide a more affordable the price. Hospitals and Imaging centers that need to provide excellent support for multiple applications should consider the high-end segment as a way to save cost while still providing the best image quality.

Philips offers the best solution in this price range for more cardiovascular focused shared service needs with the amazing Affiniti 70. It looks and performs almost exactly like the premium Epiq series and uses newer hardware than the Logiq S8 or HD15. The Logiq S8 offers better 4D for OB/GYN and is light and portable for it’s category. The Philips HD15 is the previous generation and was replaced by the Affiniti 70, but it is a reliable performer still in demand as a refurbished machine with a lower total cost. If you are looking to save the most money while still acquiring a high-end shared service ultrasound then consider the HD15 the best option. If your practices needs strong 4D for OB/GYN applications with a bit of the rest then choose the Logiq S8. If your focus is cardiovascular with some of the rest then choose the Affiniti 70.

high-end cardiac ultrasound

What to expect from a high-end shared service ultrasound machine:

  • Excellent 2D and Doppler image quality
  • Excellent image quality on a broad spectrum of patient body types
  • Most advanced hardware like premium category but no xMatrix
  • Prioritized for workflow efficiency over research focused features
  • Fusion of ultrasound with CT, MRI, or PET/CT to find regions of interest
  • All cardiac disciplines supported: LVO, 2D & 4D strain, and pediatric
  • Automation for LV function such as 2D speckle tracking strain
  • Automatic image optimization and auto measurement
  • Highest level of productivity, intuitive customizable touchscreen
  • Ergonomic design, articulating arm and well-designed control panel
  • Single crystal for better signal-to-noise ratio & improved axial resolution
  • 4D convex and endocavitary transducers
  • Advanced vascular tools: Automatic IMT measurements and B flow
  • Strain-based and Shear wave Elastography
  • Auto or semi-auto quantification tools for cardiac
Key reasons the Philips Affiniti 70 is recommended:
  • Sucessor to the Philips HD15
  • Very easy to use workflow as well as comfortable physical ergonomics
  • 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
  • All cardiac features such as LVO
  • QLAB: Easy to use Cardiovascular & GI quantification tools, onboard or on PC
  • QLAB: IMT Measurement, Vascular Plaque Quantification, GI 3D
  • QLAB: MVI MicroVascular Imaging, Fetal heart navigator
  • Easy to use quantification tools w/ great reproducibility and accuracy
  • 2D LV quantification with both speckle tracking and Tissue Doppler imaging
  • aCMQ: Automated Cardiac Motion/Mechanics Quantification
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • Full cardiac measurement package and flexible report format
  • Probes: 4 Single Crystal (C10-3v, C9-2, C5-1, S5-1)
  • Many linear & sector transducer options (S4-2 & L12-4)
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging with the L12-5
  • Strain based elastography for GYN and pelvic imaging with the C10-3v
  • Shearwave elastography for liver imaging with the C5-1
  • Economic transducer options (S4-2 & L12-4)
Philips Affiniti 70 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Logiq S8 is recommended:
  • 19” LED monitor
  • Advanced SRI: Speckle reduction and automatic tissue optimization
  • CrossXBeam: Image compounding
  • Excellent image quality
  • Advanced fetal assessment tools & easy-to-use automation tools
  • Sleek design, lightweight, and high portability
  • Raw Data Format: Ability to post process images after scanning
  • Probes: single crystal (3SP-D, S1-5-D) and matrix (ML6-15, M5S-D)
  • Advanced 4D and 3D multiplanar display, VOCAL, STIC with RAB6 & RIC5-9
  • Fetal assessment: SonAVCfollicle, SonoVCADheart and SonoVCADlabor
  • Fetal assessment: SonoNT, Sono RenderStart
  • Scan assistant: customizable scanning program that decreases keystroke and shortens exams
  • B-Flow displaying great hemodynamics without the limitations of Doppler
  • LVO and all echocardiography applications available
GE Logiq S8 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips HD15 is recommended:
  • 20” LCD monitor (but no touchscreen or articulating arm)
  • Proven stability and image quality with over a decade in the field
  • Great balance of workflow efficiency & features for demanding clinical work
  • Probes: 2 single crystal (S5-2, C5-1)
  • QLAB – Easy to use quantification tools with great reproducibility & accuracy
  • QLAB – (TMQ) Tissue Motion Quantification, ROI quantification, Auto IMT
  • QLAB – Strain Quantification (SQ)
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN one touch optimization for B/C/D
  • Fine-tune exams with active native data
  • Anatomical M-mode, Color M-mode, CW, TDI, Stress Echo
  • Full cardiac measurement package
  • SonoCT: Image compounding
  • XRES: Speckle reduction for noise and artifact reduction
  • Full line of transducers to support all applications
  • Multiple cardiac probes for adult, pediatrics and neonatal
  • LVO and all echocardiography applications available
  • Fine-tune exams with active native data
  • cardiac modes: Anatomical M-mode, Color M-mode, CW, TDI, Stress Echo
Philips HD15

The best midrange shared service ultrasound machines:

Recommended systems: Philips Affiniti 50, Philips HD11xe, GE Logiq P6 premium

Mid-range shared service ultrasound machines balance price and performance for physicians that perform exams in high volumes. A midrange shared service ultrasound system prioritizes image quality and productivity. Medical professionals that need to provide good image quality support for several applications while lowering acquisition costs should consider the midrange shared service ultrasound segment. This perfect balance between price and performance is the reason why midrange systems outsell any other class.

The midrange segment is crowded with overachieving ultrasound machines from multiple brands and pricing is competitive. Because of this KPI recommends three different options depending on your priorities. If the latest technology and the strongest cardiovascular performance are your priorities in a shared service machine then the Philips Affinit 50 should be at the top of your list. The Affiniti 50 is the successor to the very popular HD11xe, which sold more units in the cardiovascular segment than any other system in the past decade. The Affiniti line is based upon the much more expensive Epiq line and much of the foundational hardware is shared between the two. This makes the Affinit 50 a tremendous value for the technology you are getting.

If your focus is more towards saving the most possible in the midrange segment, the now discontinued Philips HD11xe is an amazing choice at refurbished prices and offers the largest selection of probes of any system here. In addition, many high-end features like an articulating monitor arm and TEE support are supported in the HD11xe.

If your focus is stronger towards 4D for OB/GYN then the GE Logiq P6 premium has proven itself like the HD11xe. Though not as popular the P6 blends deep 4D transducer support with credible cardiac and solid GI support.

Buyer's guide of Mid-range Cardiac

What to expect from a midrange shared service ultrasound machine:

  • Good to Excellent 2D & Doppler image quality
  • Perform all routine vascular exams though difficult patients may take longer
  • Cost effective platform balancing cost and performance
  • Usability and workflow good, but some limitation from sacrificing hardware
  • Full cardiac measurement package
  • Automation provided at a lower level than the high-end segment
  • 4D for OB/GYN
  • TDI: tissue Doppler imaging, some interventional & pediatric cardiac support
  • LCD monitor smaller than 20”
  • Provides most cardiac scans needed in an echo lab or hospital practice
Key reasons the Philips Affiniti 50 is recommended:
  • The successor to the HD11xe
  • Most advanced hardware & architecture in the segment
  • Same 21.5” LED monitor and 12” touchscreen as the Epiq series
  • Tilt and swivel instead of articulating monitor arm
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN for B/C/D and 4D
  • Extremely light and quiet
  • SonoCT: Real-time image compounding
  • XRES: eliminates virtually all speckle noise and enhances border definition
  • WideSCAN: expanded field of view during SonoCT imaging
  • 20 second sleep mode, transport mode with battery for 45 minutes
  • Auto Doppler flow optimization
  • QLAB: Easy to use Vascular quantification tools (Embedded or PC based)
  • QLAB: IMT Measurement, and Vascular Plaque Quantification
  • QLAB: MVI MicroVascular Imaging
  • Full vascular measurement package and flexible report format
  • Economic vascular probe options (S4-2 & L12-4)
  • Less expensive transducer sets that the Affiniti 70
  • 3 Endocavitary probes for both 2D & 4D imaging (C10-4ec, C9-4v, 3D9-3v)
  • Strain based elastography for breast imaging (L12-5)
  • Strain based elastography for gynecological and pelvic imaging (C10-3v)
  • 2D LV quantification with both speckle tracking and Tissue Doppler imaging
  • aCMQ: Cardiac Motion/Mechanics Quantification
  • Full cardiac measurement package and flexible report format
  • More cost-effective probes than those for the Affiniti 70
Philips Affiniti 50
Key reasons the Philips HD11XE is recommended:
  • The best selling & most recommended midrange cardiovascular system
  • Everyday efficiency combined with powerful features for demanding exams
  • 20” LCD monitor on fully articulating arm
  • SonoCT: Real-time image compounding
  • XRES: eliminates virtually all speckle noise and enhances border definition
  • Advanced workflow: iSCAN image optimization for B/C/D
  • IMT: Intima Media Thickness quantification
  • Huge range of different transducers for all application types
  • Sector, linear, endocavitary, and 4D probes with dedicated image presets
  • ICE Imaging with the ViewFlex imaging catheter
  • Adult & pediatric TEE
  • Cardiac modes:  Anatomical M-mode, Color M-mode, CW, TDI & Stress Echo
  • QLAB quantification: IMT, ROI, SQ, 2DQ and GI 3DQ
  • Full cardiac & vascular measurement packages
Philips HD11 XE Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Logiq P6 is recommended:
  • Proven, highly mobile and multipurpose with a wide range of applications
  • 17″ LCD monitor on a freely articulating arm
  • 3 active probe ports
  • Cardiac: adult, pediatric, and transcranial scanning
  • Cardiac measurements and reporting
  • Cardiac: Stress Echo, Tissue Doppler Imaging, Contrast imaging, and TEE
  • Transvaginal E8C-RS and transrectal E8C
  • 4D convex, 4D microconvex, and 4D transvaginal,
  • Urology biplane transducers (C-C and C-L types)
  • High-end features: AMM, CMM, Panoramic, and, IMT
  • Raw Data Format: Ability to post process images after scanning
  • Customizable report designer
  • Real-time Auto Doppler Calculations
  • Full vascular measurement package
  • Automatic tissue optimization for B/C/D
  • Excellent image quality with advanced SRI (Speckle reduction)
  • CrossXBeam: Compound imaging
  • 5 different linear probes with a wide frequency range
  • Hockey stick and intraoperative transducers
  • ViewPoint: Electronic reporting and image management
GE Logiq P6 premium Ultrasound System

The best economy shared service ultrasound machines:

Recommended systems: GE Logiq P5 premium, Philips ClearVue 550 & HD5

The economy segment for shared service ultrasound is somewhat limited in selection just as shared service for midrange is crowded. The reason for this is that it is expensive to create one ultrasound machine that can do it all, and in the process of cost cutting for the low cost category, very few shared service ultrasound machines can both cut costs and provide multi-application service.

Medical professionals who prioritize cost effectiveness over everything else and need a shared service ultrasound should especially consider the reliability and ease of use of a potential economy ultrasound machine. Systems that are too cheap will end up costing more money through increased maintenance and repair costs, downtime for repair and slower workflow that allows fewer exams in a day.

KPI recommends the GE Logiq P5 premium as a very reliable option with the broadest range of transducers and 4D support (rare for this price range). The Logiq P5 is not the newest or most advanced but it does support many features traditionally left at the midrange level.

If you don’t need 4D, Philips makes the best cardiovascular, GI and OB/GYN focused shared service ultrasound machines in the economy segment. They are reliable, advanced and offer the best cardiovascular imaging by far. Which you select depends upon your budget. The ClearVue is a premium economy shared service ultrasound machine like the Logiq P5 premium while the HD5 is less expensive. However the HD5 offers more probes (though lower quality) and offboard QLAB.

Buyer's guide of Economy

What to expect from an economy shared service ultrasound machine:

  • Acceptable to Good 2D & Doppler image quality
  • Perform all routine cardiac, vascular, general imaging and OB/GYN exams
  • Cost cutting platform that emphasizes price over features or image quality
  • Acceptable usability & workflow, but with limitations due to cost cutting
  • Cardiac and OB/GYN measurements
  • Auto IMT, AMM, and continuous wave Doppler
  • Very limited automation means longer exam times
  • Image optimization and auto measurement
  • TDI: tissue Doppler imaging, some interventional & pediatric cardiac support
  • LCD monitor smaller than 20”
  • Provides most cardiac scans needed in an echo lab or hospital practice
  • Occasionally: Auto Color, Stress Echo, Elastoscan, TDI or 4D for OB/GYN
Key reasons the GE Logiq P5 is recommended:
  • 15″ LCD monitor with fully articulating arm
  • 3 active probe ports
  • Wide set of applications like general imaging and shared service
  • 4D probes: 4D3C-L Convex, 4D8C Microconvex, 4DE7C Endocavitary
  • Probe choices: convex, linear, sector, transvaginal, intraoperative & 4D
  • SRI: Speckle reduction
  • CrossXBeam: Compound imaging
  • Auto Optimization for B/C/D
  • Ergonomics: front and rear handle, probe cable hanger & probe holder
  • 5 different adult and pediatric sector probes, CW mode
  • Cardiac, vascular, OB/GYN & GI measurements, calculations, and reports
  • Auto IMT, B-Flow, Elastography, TVI, Coded contrast, panoramic & 4D
  • Write/Read/Pan Zoom
  • ViewPoint: reporting and image management for electronic reports
  • Customizable report designer
GE Logiq P5 premium Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips ClearVue 550 is recommended:
  • 17″ LCD monitor with fully articulating arm
  • 4 transducer ports
  • 4 transducers: S4-1 sector, C5-2 convex, C9-4v transvaginal & L12-4 linear
  • iScan image optimization & workflow for  B/C/D
  • SonoCT: image compounding
  • TDI & SCW
  • XRES: speckle reduction
  • No stress echo
  • Intuitive control panel speeds up workflow
  • AMM, Color M-mode, Freehand 3D, read and write zoom, and panoramic
  • Cardiac, vascular, OB/GYN & GI measurements, calculations, and reports
  • Intuitive user interface, wrap-around handle, cable management hooks
  • Four-way swivel wheels
Philips ClearVue 550 Ultrasound System
Key reasons the Philips HD5 is recommended:
  • 15″ LCD fold down, tilt and swivel monitor
  • 3 transducer ports
  • 7 transducers: S4-2, S8-3, C8-5, C5-2, C8-4v, L12-5(50mm) & L12-3
  • iScan image optimization & workflow for  B/C
  • SonoCT: image compounding
  • XRES: speckle reduction
  • No stress echo
  • AMM, Color M-mode, Freehand 3D, read and write zoom, and panoramic
  • Cardiac, vascular, OB/GYN & GI measurements, calculations, and reports
  • Intuitive user interface, wrap-around handle, cable management hooks
  • Four-way swivel wheels
  • Best economy shared service system with SCW and OB/GYN capability
  • High-PRF capability in all modes including duplex and triplex
  • B/C Color compare and Automatic color invert
  • Off-line QLAB:Region of Interest(ROI), Intima Media Thickness(IMT)
Philips HD5 Ultrasound System

The best portable shared service ultrasound machines:

Recommended systems: Philips CX50, Samsung HM70A, GE Logiq e

Portable shared service ultrasound machines put a lot of power into a small space, as they must provide support to multiple applications within the space constraints of a large laptop. Despite this there are several outstanding models able to do well in Cardiac as well as OB/GYN. Portable shared service ultrasounds typically are used in mobile imaging services, and by doctors or hospitals that want a single unit that can travel from room to room or location to location to do various types of studies.

Portable shared service ultrasound machines range in price and features from high-end console replacements like the Philips CX50 to midrange values like the Samsung HM70A to low priced workhorses like the GE Logiq e.

GE has more variety in its portable ultrasound lineup than any other brand, and the Logiq-e is the most well known and best selling. It’s inexpensive, reliable and though it does not offer 4D the price for the performance is very good.

Philips only offers 2 portable ultrasound machines but its CX50 is the most advanced portable ultrasound currently available using both xMatrix and Single crystal probes normally used only with Premium systems.

Medison has been producing portable ultrasounds for a long time and now the first fully Samsung portable has come out as the successor to the successful Samsung Medison U6. It is the only shared service portable ultrasound that offers both cardiac and 4D for OB/GYN and it does both very well and at a midrange price.

Buyer's guide of Portable Ultrasound

What to expect from a portable shared service ultrasound machine:

  • Amazing to Good 2D & Doppler image quality
  • Lighter units with longer lasting batteries have the advantage
  • Up to date system architecture
  • The larger the selection of probes the better (4D is rare)
  • Compact size makes it perfect for operating room or small exam rooms
  • Image optimization and auto measurement to save time & decrease fatigue
  • Technology migration is common from the premium & high-end segments
  • Automation & simple workflow is important for “punkability” in a portable
  • 15″ LCD monitor
  • All cardiac modes: Tissue Doppler Imaging, CW LVO, Stress Echo & pediatric
  • Auto image optimization, auto color & Doppler save time & decrease fatigue
  • Full cardiac measurement package
Key reasons the Philips CX50 is recommended:
  • Premium imaging performance at a high-end price
  • iSCAN: Image Auto Optimization for B/D
  • Excellent image quality from SonoCT real-time image compounding
  • Advanced XRES: eliminates virtually all speckle noise & enhances border definition
  • AutoSCAN continuously optimizes the image based on brightness and TGC
  • Probes: 1 xMatrix (X7-2t), 3 Single Crystal PureWave (C3-10v, C5-1, S5-1)
  • High performance linear transducer sets and hockey stick probe for operation room
  • Optional cart can connect up to three transducers at once
  • Intelligent Doppler – Automatically maintains pre-selected 0/60° flow angle
  • Active native data: allows manipulation of raw image data
  • QLAB: Easy to use Vascular quantification tools (Embedded or PC based)
  • QLAB: IMT Measurement
  • QLAB: MVI MicroVascular Imaging
  • SmartExam system-guided protocol
  • Live Compare: allows recall of current or previous exam image data for direct side-by-side comparison
  • Full vascular measurement package and flexible report format
  • Needle visualization
  • Active native data: Fine-tune exams during or after scanning
  • Interventional cardiology 4D TEE and ICE
  • 4D TEE provides assists in cardiac valve surgery and anesthesiology planning
  • MVQ: Mitral valve quantification for precise 3D multiplanar reconstruction
  • MPR: measurements of the mitral valve anatomy and structures with 4D TEE
  • iSCAN: Image Auto Optimization
  • Designed for diagnostic, interventional, surgical and pediatric echo
  • Breakthrough 2D ICE (View Flex Xtra Catheter)
  • Fully integrated with Philips interventional X-ray systems
  • EchoNavigator – support advanced structural reparis
  • CMQ: Cardiac motion quantification, assess global & regional cardiac function
Philips CX50
Key reasons the Samsung UGEO HM70A is recommended:
  • Affordable midrange shared service solution with 4D  at a great price
  • Slim and lightweight (6.1Kg, 13.7lb)
  • EZ-Exam: transforms multiple steps into a streamlined process
  • HDVI (High Definition Volume Imaging) quickly renders 4D images at the touch of a button
  • Full Screen Mode: Expand the image area to fit the entire screen
  • HD ADVR™, integrated DVD (720 x 480) and USB (Full HD 1920 x 1080), permits simultaneous scanning and recording,
  • QuickScan (B/D)
  • 1 mechanical 4D convex probe (VN4-8)
  • 4D modes: Surface 3D, Multi-slice, Multi-planar, & real time 4D
  • Hybrid Beamforming Engine: detailed scanning with higher energy output
  • Bi directional Doppler (S-Flow) and highly sensitive color Doppler
  • Volume mode: Surface, Multi slice, Multi planar, & real time 4D
  • Boot time of 60sec and 10~20 sec from sleep mode
  • Smart cart with 3 probe connectors and great mobility
  • Sector, 4D, convex, endocavitary, and linear for wide application coverage
Samsung UGEO HM70A Portable Ultrasound System
Key reasons the GE Logiq e is recommended:
  • The most popular economy portable ultrasound machine
  • Optional cart with 3 probe connectors
  • Wide range of transducers, more than any other in the economy segment
  • Linear transducers, hockey-stick, intraoperative, & high frequency linear
  • Dedicated measurement for PoC applications
  • Raw data: Onboard or post processing of images
  • Full vascular measurement package
  • Automatic optimization for B/C/D
  • Auto focus and auto frequency which increase probe “plunkability”
  • Good image quality with SRI (Speckle reduction)
  • CrossXBeam: Compound imaging
  • Semi-automated IMT measurement
  • eSmart Trainer: shows basic scanning techniques for beginning practitioners
  • Battery provides 1 hour of scanning time
  • CrossXBeam and SRI image enhancement
  • Cardiac measurements & reports, Stress Echo, Tissue Doppler Imaging & TEE
  • Wide selection of probes including endocavitary E8C-RS
  • High-end features: AMM, CMM and Panoramic
  • High-end features: B-Steer + Needle Recognition and IMT
GE Logiq e Portable Ultrasound System

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