Cardiologists have an extremely demanding job identifying cardiac conditions and treating patients, especially patients experiencing critical cardiac health issues. Having an ultrasound that can easily and quickly be at a patient’s bedside to diagnose a cardiac condition is imperative when it comes to saving lives. For this reason, cardiac point of care ultrasounds have become a very important diagnostic tool for Cardiologists.
Cardiac ultrasound is a non-invasive cost-effective solution and as a Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) it can be easily and quickly transported to a patient’s bedside to reduce stress on a patient.
Selecting the Right Cardiac Point of Care Ultrasound System
Because there are a wide variety of point of care ultrasound machines suited for Cardiac examinations from multiple manufacturers, National Ultrasound’s expert team, made up of experienced sonographers, has highlighted four units from entry, mid, high and flagship levels. 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.
The four units covered in this article are:
- Mindray M7
- GE Vivid iq
- GE Vivid S70
- GE Vivid E90
Below are our recommendations for four levels of Cardiac ultrasound machines
Entry Level: Mindray M7 Ultrasound Machine
The M7 delivers an excellent user experience. In terms of ergonomics it has a lightweight, portable design, a rechargeable battery, instantaneous response, quick start and a specially designed cart with built-in handle.
With a System On Chip (SOC) design the Mindray M7 comes enabled with complex technologies built into its laptop-style chassis such as advanced and superior image quality, miniaturization technologies, DICOM, iZoom, iStorage, CW Doppler, Stress Echo, 4D/3D Real-time imaging and much more.
Workflow features on the Mindray M7 include iScanHelper software with anatomical diagram illustrations, and standard ultrasonogram comparison with real-time scanning. There’s also iTouch (Auto Image Optimization), which provides instant auto image optimization in B, Color and PW Modes, and IMT (Intima-Media Thickness), which does an auto measurement of the anterior and posterior wall thickness and offers accurate carotid status.
The M7 utilizes a 128GB solid state drive which makes the machine more reliable and faster across the entire workflow from bootup to scanning to reporting. This unit comes standard with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. Learn more about the Mindray M7.
Mid Level: GE Vivid iq Ultrasound Machine
The GE Vivid iq ultrasound is an ultra-portable ultrasound system that delivers premium image quality for cardiac care. The tablet-like touch user interface and lightweight compact design enables easy transportation between rooms, offices or patient sites. The battery option provides additional scanning time without a power supply and also allows quick boot-up time from standby mode.
A conventional user control panel and full touch screen controls provides a smooth and intuitive user experience. Sonographers are given the freedom to focus on their patient through the improvement of keystrokes which leads to ease of use.
Using both coherent and harmonic image processing, the system provides computational power, ease of use for imaging and analysis, and workflow flexibility. The Vivid iq includes high end deformation imaging tools like TVI, Strain, 4D TEE and ICE, and shared services. Auto optimization technology assists the operator in obtaining excellent image quality with minimal manipulation of controls. This unit comes standard with a 3 year warranty. Learn more about the Vivid iq.
High Level: GE Vivid S70 Ultrasound Machine
At just 21.7” width the GE Vivid S70 ultrasound machine can easily fit into tight spots. The Vivid S70 is a robust, mobile system that includes a 19″ LED monitor and touch screen with ultra-high resolution, intuitive user interface, clear resolution display, and remote image storage archive capabilities.
GE Vivid S70 an extremely efficient 2D and 4D cardiovascular ultrasound system. The 4D TEE capability takes cardiovascular ultrasound to a new level of quality. GE’s innovative, programmable and flexible beamforming technology, cSound, provides exceptional image quality and power. In 4D, cSound delivers volume sizes suited for full volume single-beat and multi-beat 4D acquisition.
Offering both coherent and harmonic image processing, this system provides computational power, ease of imaging, workflow flexibility, and more. This unit comes standard with a 1 year warranty. Learn more about the GE Vivid S70.
Flagship: GE Vivid E90 Ultrasound Machine
Empower your care team with the expanded advantages and artificial intelligence of the GE Vivid E90 cardiovascular ultrasound system. Diagnose more confidently with the help of enhanced 2D and color image quality. The enhanced imaging capabilities of XDclear probes combined with cSound beamformer technology enable difficult to scan body types much easier to visualize.
Vivid E90’s extended automatic Doppler measurements for TEE and TTE increase the speed of imaging exams and deliver reproducible results with advanced capabilities for quantifying heart function and ejection fraction.
The GE Vivid E90 delivers a multitude of functions, vital monitoring and ample storage. The 22” high-resolution wide screen OLED monitor and an ultra-high resolution multi-touch LCD screen display make it an excellent cardiac ultrasound unit. This unit comes standard with a 1 year warranty. Learn more about the GE Vivid E90.
Understanding your options
When doctors can increase the speed and quality of the diagnosis of cardiac conditions the delivery of life saving treatments is vastly improved. Cardiologists require an ultrasound unit that will meet the various healthcare needs of a wide variety of patients. We are confident one of the four units we highlighted above will meet your practice’s needs and budget.
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 systems, 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 and services 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.