Buyer’s Guide for Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

Heart health monitoring is essential to keeping your patients healthy and safe and ultrasound machines are widely used as a means to effectively monitor heart health. Identifying a patient’s condition quickly and efficiently is critical, as well as the ongoing monitoring of cardiac conditions.  Cardiac ultrasound machines play an integral part in this process providing high-level imaging in office, at the hospital, in emergency rooms, and at a patient’s bedside without introducing radiation into the diagnostic process.

How to Choose the Best Cardiac Ultrasound for Your Practice

What type of cardiac ultrasound equipment would best suit your imaging needs? Is it better to consider new or used ultrasound machines? What features should you look for in a cardiac ultrasound unit? How should you evaluate ultrasound machines for sale? We will answer these questions and more in our complete guide to buying a cardiac ultrasound machine.

Cardiac ultrasound units come with a wide range of capabilities ranging from basic echo to diagnostic 4D cardiac functions. Cardiac units also vary from lightweight, mobile portable ultrasounds to larger console units.  This wide range of technology and functionality ensures you will find an ultrasound unit that fits your practice’s imaging requirements and budget.

Intended Usage

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Do you require Doppler or 3D/4D or both? How often do you need to scan difficult to scan patients? Do you need a portable unit that can be easily transported to a patient’s bedside? Do you require multiple transducer ports? How often do you plan to use the ultrasound machine?

The frequency and settings your practice will use your ultrasound should be taken into serious consideration when deciding what type of ultrasound unit to purchase. Also, take into consideration the setting in which you plan to perform imaging scans.  Will it be a hospital patient’s bedside, in an emergency setting, a clinical setting? Taking these questions into consideration will help to give you a good understanding of what you should prioritize when it comes to the ultrasound functionality you require.

If the expectation is that the use of the unit will be low, consider buying a used or refurbished ultrasound. On the other hand, if the frequency of imaging scans is expected to be high, you might want to consider a new ultrasound machine because your investment can be recovered in a shorter time.


Every practice has a budget and will require thorough research before making a decision to purchase.  Given the fact that cardiac ultrasound machine prices can vary widely, it is best to determine your budget range early in the process when selecting a unit. Keep additional costs like servicing, repairs, and warranties in mind.

New Vs. Refurbished

Should you opt for a new or refurbished cardiac ultrasound system? New ultrasound machines come with a warranty, so the tradeoff is naturally between price and reliability.

If you require an advanced machine and want to avoid a large financial investment, consider looking at refurbished ultrasound machines for sale. Refurbished systems are used machines that have been upgraded or restored and are available at a discounted cost compared to new machines. However, choosing the best refurbished ultrasound machine to suit your specific needs requires research and careful consideration. We recommended you consider consulting with an expert gauge your needs and the condition of the refurbished equipment. Not all ultrasound units are available as refurbished, so check to see if they are available.

When working with a dealer consider both new and refurbished models and request quotes for both so you can make an educated decision after considering all options.

Evaluating Cardiac Ultrasounds Entry Level to Flagship Level

The large variety of cardiac ultrasound features, functionality, and price on the market these days can make it difficult to narrow it down to just one unit. Whether you’re looking at new or used or refurbished cardiac ultrasound machine there are a wide variety of possibilities. National Ultrasounds team of experts, made of up experienced sonographers has put together recommendations for cardiac ultrasound equipment.  The units highlighted below cover entry-level, mid-level, flagship-level, and portable to help you understand the different options so you can buy the best ultrasound machine for your practice.

Entry Level Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

    1. GE Vivid T8 Ultrasound Machine
    2. Philips Affinity 50 Ultrasound Machine
    3. Mindray M6 Ultrasound Machine
    4. Siemens ACUSON Juniper Ultrasound Machine

economy level cardiac ultrasound options

Mid Level Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

    1. GE Vivid S70 Ultrasound Machine
    2. Siemens ACUSON Redwood Ultrasound Machine
    3. Philips Epiq 7 Ultrasound Machine
    4. Mindray M7 Ultrasound Machine

mid-level cardiac ultrasound options

Flagship Level Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

    1. GE Vivid E90 Ultrasound Machine
    2. Siemens ACUSON SC2000 Prime Ultrasound Machine
    3. Philips Epiq CVX Ultrasound Machine
    4. Mindray M8 Elite Ultrasound Machine

flagship level cardiac ultrasound options

Portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machines

    1. GE Vivid iq Ultrasound Machine
    2. Siemens ACUSON P500 Ultrasound Machine
    3. Philips CX50 x MATRIX Ultrasound Machine

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Each of these units comes with different levels of technology and different price points.

Finding the perfect machine to fit all your cardiac diagnostic needs is can be difficult, but with help from our experts, you’ll be able to select an ultrasound system that meets your specific needs and budget.

Contact National Ultrasound today to speak to one of our experts to help evaluate your needs and budget to direct you to a unit with the capabilities your practice requires. National Ultrasound carries a wide range of new, used refurbished cardiac ultrasound machines from major reputable brands.