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Diagnostic imaging at the point of care (POC) means clinicians are no longer required to move a patient from room to room, send a patient to another location for an ultrasound scan and can take an ultrasound machine into the field if necessary. Point of care ultrasound machines, also known as POCUS, not only make a patient more comfortable during an examination but are an extremely powerful diagnostic tool that speeds up the process of diagnosing medical issues and reduces medical care expenses.
There are a variety of POCUS units suited for various applications. National Ultrasound’s expert team, made up of experienced sonographers, has highlighted units from entry, mid, high and flagship levels covering the following applications:
- Internal Medicine
- Pain Management
These units were selected based on their features, options, performance and price to help you identify a unit best suited to fit your practice’s needs and budget.
How to Choose the Best Point of Care Ultrasound Machine (POCUS) for your Practice
What type of point of care ultrasound unit would best suit your imaging needs? Is it better to consider new or used ultrasound machines? What features should you look for in a point of care ultrasound machine? How should you evaluate POC ultrasound machines for sale? We will answer these questions and more in our complete guide to buying a point of care ultrasound machine.
POC ultrasound units come with a wide variety of capabilities ranging from basic 2D to diagnostic 4D functionality. Point of care units are lightweight, easy to transport and are most often laptop or tablet style units. This wide range of technology and functionality ensures you will find an ultrasound unit that fits your practice’s imaging requirements and budget.
Do you require Doppler, color, 3D/4D or a shared service machine? How often do you need to scan “difficult to scan” patients? Do you need a point of care unit that can be easily transported to a patient’s bedside or taken out to a remote location? Do you require multiple transducer ports and a long lasting battery time? How often do you plan to use the ultrasound machine?
The frequency, application 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, a remote location? 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 point of care 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 to 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 Point of Care Ultrasounds Entry Level to Flagship Level
The large variety of point of care 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 POC ultrasound machines there are a wide variety of possibilities. National Ultrasound’s team of experts, made up of experienced sonographers has put together recommendations for point of care 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 Point of Care Ultrasound Machines
- Cardiac – Mindray M7 Ultrasound Machine
- Vascular – GE Versana Premier Ultrasound Machine
- OB/GYN – Mindray DC40 Ultrasound Machine
- Urology, Internal Medicine – Mindray M6 Ultrasound Machine
- Pain Management – GE Versana Active Ultrasound Machine
- MSK – Mindray TE5 Ultrasound Machine
- Veterinary – Mindray Z5 Vet Ultrasound Machine
Mid Level Point of Care Ultrasound Machines
- Cardiac – GE Vivid IQ Ultrasound Machine
- Vascular, OB/GYN, Urology – Mindray DC70X Ultrasound Machine
- Internal Medicine – GE Logiq P9 Ultrasound Machine
- Pain Management – Mindray TE5 Ultrasound Machine
- MSK – Sonosite Edge 2 Ultrasound Machine
- Veterinary – Mindray M6 Vet Ultrasound Machine
High Level Point of Care Ultrasound Machines
- Cardiac, Internal Medicine – GE Vivid S70 Ultrasound Machine
- Vascular, MSK – GE Logiq S8 Ultrasound Machine
- OB/GYN – GE Voluson S10 Ultrasound Machine
- Urology – BK Specto Ultrasound Machine
- Pain Management – GE Logiq S7 Ultrasound Machine
- Veterinary – Mindray TE5 Vet Ultrasound Machine
Flagship Level Point of Care Ultrasound Machines
- Cardiac – GE Vivid E90 Ultrasound Machine
- OB/GYN – GE Voluson E10 Ultrasound Machine
- Urology – BK Flex Focus 800 Ultrasound Machine
- Pain Management, MSK, Internal Medicine, Vascular – GE Logiq E10 Ultrasound Machine
- Veterinary – Mindray M9 Vet Ultrasound Machine
Each of these units comes with different levels of technology and different price points.
With help from our expert team finding the perfect machine to fit all your point of care diagnostic needs is easy. We are here to help you select a POC 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.
Why Buy from National Ultrasound?
Since our founding in 2003, we at National Ultrasound have focused on a single product category: new and used ultrasound machines, parts, and probes. We are a company of technicians with more than 250 years of collective experience working with equipment from the six largest ultrasound manufacturers.
Our focus on being the best and most knowledgeable in a single industry is what has led to our position as the #1 dedicated ultrasound supplier in the United States and allows us to provide the best equipment and service to healthcare professionals across the globe.
Our mission is to continually provide our customers with quality ultrasound equipment, ultrasound repair, ultrasound rental, ultrasound transducers and ultrasound supplies at the lowest possible prices.
Our standards are high and our reputation for quality equipment and service precedes us. We are able to provide better value to our customers because we are always looking for the most affordable, best quality systems.
Contact National Ultrasound today to hear more about why we are your ultrasound machine distributor of choice or to speak with a member of our sales staff to receive a quote.