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National Ultrasound’s 1st Annual Review your Ultrasound Machine contest is now complete. Thank you to all of those who participated and shared their experience and professional opinions of the ultrasound machine they regularly use.
We were excited to receive hundreds of responses and finally narrowed it down to 26 reviews to receive a prize for their submissions. 25 of those reviews will receive a prize of $50.00 and 1 grand prize winner $1,000.00.
This week we are announcing our third round of winners and sharing their reviews. Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to announce winners and their reviews wrapping up with the grand prize $1,000.00 winner. Stay tuned by subscribing to our blog to see who won and hear what they had to share about their ultrasound machine.
Here are our third round of winners who will receive a $50.00 prize:
- Heather Moon, RDMS
- Jolanta Filipovic, RVT, RDCS
- Taryn Dunn, RVT, RDCS
- Guillermo Renderos, RVT, RDMS
- Mark Mollenkopf, RVT, RDMS
The reviews below are on a variety of units from:
Ultrasound Machine Reviews
GE LOGIQ E9 Ultrasound Machine
Heather Moon, RDMS
The GE LOGIQ E9. I have had the pleasure to work on the GE Logiq series for many years in a couple of different locations. Every location I have worked in has been a small facility where the ultrasound technologist does all different types of exams from abdomen to echo, to small parts and vascular. I enjoy working in this type of facility because it allows me to stay sharp with every type of exam and also allows me to experience many different types of pathology. The good thing about the GE Logiq series is that it performs quite well in all different ultrasound modalities.
Another good thing about the GE Logiq series is its ease of use. My current job is in the market for a new ultrasound machine and we have demoed multiple machines and I will say that the GE was one of the easiest to just “jump on and go”. That is partly because I currently work on a GE everyday but I also believe that the knobology for the GE Logiq series is very self explanatory and user friendly.
One thing that I believe could be better on this machine is the color doppler. I’m not sure if it is just my machine or if it’s every machine in this series. I noticed when demoing the other machines that the color doppler on my machine definitely lacks in comparison. The image quality could be better too but it is pretty good considering it is an older model and its age.
Philips CX50 Ultrasound Machine
Jolanta Filipovic, RVT, RDMS
The machine I most often use (PHILiPS CX50) is small and portable and that is its biggest advantage. It does not seem to be designed with cardiac ultrasound in mind, many functions are not easily accessible or awkward to use (ex. annotations). Some features, such as Color Doppler, are of poor quality. The B mode is decent on a “good” patient but poor on a technically difficult patient, with very few options for image tweaking. It is known to freeze occasionally and it does not like its buttons being touched when saving (exporting) images or buttons pressed too quickly.
It is a small laptop style machine and it seems a bit flimsy for a medium size hospital. However, having said that, it is actually my favorite machine, mainly due to its portability and ease of use. It has a battery which means I don’t have to power it up and down with each patient. It’s great for a quick look for the doctor in case of emergency.
Philips CX50 is surprisingly durable and easy to use but only once you are well familiar with it. It is very different from other Philips machines such as IE33 and it takes a learning curve to take full advantage of its features. We have been using it for all the echocardiograms in the hospital as well as TEEs.
Philips Epiq 5 Ultrasound Machine
Taryn Dunn, RVT, RDMS
The Philips Epiq 5. I would give the Philips machine a 10/10 review. It’s very user friendly, with a touch screen panel that provides easy access to the calculation packages. The transducers used for it are very light weight and have a smaller frame, so it’s easier to hold and provides better hand comfort while scanning. Its size is decent, where the base isn’t too bulky, and doesn’t take up a lot of room in patient’s rooms. I like that the control panel can rotate and move to make it more accessible in tighter areas. The overall image is incredible compared to other machines I’ve used. The color Doppler looks really good. I love the iScan button that auto-optimizes the image in real time. I don’t like using any other machine now that I’ve used this one for over 2 years now. When I was a student I learned mostly on this machine, so I’m very comfortable with it and would recommend it to anyone looking to purchase an ultrasound machine.
GE LOGIQ P5 Ultrasound Machine
Guillermo Renderos, RVT, RDMS
My GE LOGIQ P5 ultrasound system is a decent performance ultrasound system. It provides
a comfortable design, easy to use and access of features due to a comprehensive keyboard design, modern touchscreen capability and ergonomic features. It is a decent system that performs most of the general procedures with reliability and accuracy. It is not a top of the line system, but a popular workhorse of the industry. I would recommend it for its competitive price, good quality, and performance.
Mindray M8 Elite Ultrasound Machine
Mark Mollenkopf, RVT, RDMS
Mindray M8 Elite. Our system works perfectly for the application we are using it for. We specialize mostly in vein care and the Mindray fits the bill.
Ultrasound Reviews Help Guide the Decision Making Process
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. Because we are a company of technicians we highly value the expert opinions of people who use ultrasound machines on a daily basis. This is why we decided to create this contest and are excited to share these reviews with you. If you do not see a review for a unit you are interested in please contact us to speak with one of our staff and we will be happy to help you with any questions you have or assist in comparing units to find one that fits your needs and budget.
Our focus will always be 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.