Orthopedic clinicians deal with the wide range of the body’s musculoskeletal system and often perform diagnostic MSK ultrasound imaging for clinical diagnosis and procedural guidance in areas of the body such as:
- and more
MSK ultrasound machines are widely used to diagnose, as well as provide procedural guidance in the treatment of, musculoskeletal ailments such as:
- Torn or lacerated muscles
- Torn or lacerated tendons
- Ligaments damage
- Blocked nerves
- Damaged nerves
- And more
The ability to safely, quickly and effectively diagnose and treat issues within the musculoskeletal system without exposing patients to ionizing radiation makes ultrasound the diagnostic tool of choice for many Orthopedic professionals.
MSK Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is an especially important diagnostic tool for today’s healthcare professionals. It is portable, focused, accessible, quick, and delivers real-time, and interactive diagnostic imaging. When point of care ultrasound is utilized imaging timing and expenses decrease while accuracy increases. This results in more comfortable and satisfied patients. Point of care ultrasound is also an excellent option for Orthopedic clinicians who require MSK ultrasounds in the field or in resource limited settings.
Selecting the Right MSK Point of Care Ultrasound Machine
There are a variety of MSK ultrasound machines on the market. 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 practices needs and budget.
The four units covered in this article are:
Below are our recommendations for four levels of MSK Ultrasound Machines
Entry Level: Mindray TE5 Ultrasound Machine
The Mindray TE5 ultrasound machine has a slim profile and small footprint mobile cart making it easy to transport from room to room for effortless scanning. The TE5 system offers an extensive list of transducers for both superficial and deep tissue imaging ranging from 1 MHz to 20 MHz ultra-high frequencies. The new L12-3RCs linear transducer with three programmable buttons is an excellent solution for msk-orthopaedics, vascular access, as well as additional applications.
With the importance of infection control, the system’s touch screen and auto lock feature prevents residue buildup and makes it easy to clean and disinfect even during exams.The TE5 Ultrasound comes with a 5 year warranty.
iNeedle+™ Needle Visualization and eSpatial Navi™ Software
This unit especially excels in needle guidance with the iNeedle and eSpacial Navi software options. iNeedle+ technology automatically detects needle angle and improves visibility on both linear and convex transducers during interventional procedures. eSpatial Navi software magnetizes the needle and tracks it, showing the clearest image of the needle in real-time.
Mid Level: SonoSite Edge II Ultrasound Machine
The SonoSite Edge II Ultrasound Machine is designed to be truly portable and used in the most rugged environments. With embedded metal jackets, its armored cables protect transducers from common abuse accident scenarios, like being rolled over, stepped on, or twisted, and help maintain image quality over the life of the transducers built on this cable platform.
The Edge II features DirectClear Technology. DirectClear elevates transducer performance by increasing penetration and contrast resolution, contributing to an unsurpassed imaging experience for the bedside clinician. The Edge II also features an easy-to-use interface for intuitive access to frequently used functions like gain and a wide-angle display with an anti-reflection coating for minimal adjustments during viewing. Designed with infection control in mind, the Edge II boasts a keypad with a seal extended to the edge to inhibit liquid ingress and low-profile keys with snap-dome technology for easy cleaning and tactile feedback. The Sonosite Edge II includes advanced needle visualization—a proprietary imaging algorithm that improves needle reflectance and contributes to needle visibility during a steep angle nerve block approach for deep targets.
The SonoSite Edge II ultrasound machine is rugged, reliable, and responsive.
High Level: GE Logiq S8 Ultrasound Machine
The GE Logiq S8 from GE’s Logiq line of ultrasound machines and parts is equipped with a 19″ High Resolution LCD monitor display with articulating arm, on-board thermal printer and 4 active probe ports for use with GE ultrasound trasducers. The Logiq S8 has a 9″ LCD touch screen interface that includes an advanced user interface. The B Steer option can be used for B mode steering image to help improve needle visualization/reflectivity, enhance anatomical access, upper carotid exams and vessel wall visualization. Enhances needle visualization in real time to improve speed
and confidence when doing needle procedures on vascular patients.
Some of the additional key features of the GE Logiq S8 are:
- Four active probe ports
- Automatic Optimization
- Speckle Reduction Imaging (SRI-HD)
- Fine Angle Steering
- Coded Harmonic Imaging
- Virtual Convex
- Real-time automatic Doppler calculations
- B Steer
- And more
Flagship: GE Logiq E10 Ultrasound Machine
The LOGIQ E10’s intuitive operation and mobility give the user enhanced workflow and ease of use. The E10 comes with a 23” OLED monitor and offers high image quality and quick exam speed, to handle compelling cases with ease and confidence. With a 10x processing power and 48x data throughput compared to traditional ultrasounds, the LOGIQ E10 delivers a real-time image with more details than ever before.
There is no need to make any adjustments because every image pixel is in focus delivering clarity and confidence during exams. The LOGIQ E10 has increased uniformity from near to far field, outstanding spatial and contrast resolution and extraordinary frame rate.
The LOGIQ E10 embraces digital transformation to deliver innovative solutions for you, in any clinical care area, with attention to your daily needs in portability and cleanability. B Steer+ option can be used for B mode steering image to help improve needle visualization/reflectivity, enhance anatomical access, upper carotid exams and vessel wall visualization. Enhances needle visualization in real time to improve speed
and confidence when doing needle procedures on vascular patients.
Some of the key features of the LOGIQ E10 are:
- Ergonomic keyboard
- Touch screen panel
- B Steer, B-Flow imaging
- Contrast-Enhanced imaging
- 2D Shear Wave Elastography
- Volume Navigation
- Scan Assistant
- Streamlined archiving and reporting
- B Steer+
- Many more
Understanding your options
Clear, lifelike ultrasound images with exceptional quality help increase the diagnostic confidence of doctors and improve the speed and quality of healthcare delivery, positively impacting lives. We are confident one of the four units we highlighted above will meet your practices needs.
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.