GE Voluson 730 Pro BTO8 For Sale

September 12, 2012

It’s a great time to get a GE Voluson 730 Pro. We just got in several BTO9 revision 730’s. They are in GREAT shape! Fully loaded! 

  • 3D Static/4D Real-time Imagin, Power Doppler Imaging (PDI)
  • State-of-the-art user interface with on screen menu’s
  • Automatic Tissue Optimization (ATO)
  • 15″ high resolution non-interlaced flat CRT
  • 4 active probe ports, B-Mode, M-Mode
  • Image Archive on CD, MOD, and Hard Drive (40 GB)
  • Tissue Harmonic Imaging, Tissue Doppler Imaging
  • Digital Beamformer with 512 system processing channel technology
  • CINE memory: up to 256 MB (up to 3000 2D Images)
  • Dimensions: Height 56.1 in, Width 26.7 in, Depth 39.4 in, 300lbs

Options:

  • Real Time 4D
  • Dicom
  • RT_4D_Biopsy
  • VOCAL II
  • Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging
  • SRI II
  • VCI
  • SRI
  • STIC
  • XTD View
  • BT Activation

 

Imaging Modes

  • 2D
  • 3D Static
  • 4D Real-Time imaging
  • M-Mode
  • PW Doppler
  • CW Doppler (available as option on select models)
  • Power Doppler
  • Color Doppler

Features

  • Ergonomic, lightweight 4D transducers (available on most models)
  • Real-Time 4D imaging for OB, GYN, Urology, Vascular and small parts applications
  • 4D Volume Contrast Imaging
  • VOCAL volumetric calculations
  • Compound Resolution Imaging
  • 3D Surface rendering
  • Magicut
  • 3D Power Doppler
  • SonoView II

Probe Options:

  • AB2-7 (2-7 MHz) Convex 2D Abdominal, OB/GYN, Fertility
  • IC5-9 (5-9 MHz) Intercavity OB/GYN, Fertility, Urology
  • IC5-9H (5-9 MHz) Intercavity OB/GYN, Fertility, Urology
  • SP4-10 (4-10 MHz) Linear 2D Pediatric, Peripheral Vascular, Musculoskeletal, Small Parts
  • SP6-12 (6-12 MHz) Linear 2D Musculoskeletal, Small Parts
  • SP10-16 (10-16 MHz) Linear 2D Musculoskeletal, Small Parts
  • PA2-5 (2-5 MHz) 2D Phased Array Cardiac, Abdominal, Internal Medicine, Transcranial Doppler
  • PA6-8 (6-8 MHz) Phased Array Pediatric, Cardiac, Neonatology
  • RSP5-12 (5-12 MHz) Volume 2D/3D/4D Small Parts, Pediatrics, Peripheral Vascular, Musculoskeletal
  • RIC5-9 (5-9 MHz) 2D/3D/4D Intercavitary OB/GYN, Fertility, Urology
  • RIC5-9H (5-9 MHz) 2D/3D/4D Intercavitary OB/GYN, Fertility, Urology
  • RRE6-10 (6-10 MHz) 2D/3D/4D Urology, Rectal Wall
  • RAB2-5 (2-5 MHz) Volume convex 2D/3D/4D Abdominal, OB/GYN, Fertility
  • RAB4-8P (4-8 MHz) Volume convex 2D/3D/4D
  • RAB2-5L (2-5 MHz) Ergonomic volume convex 2D/3D/4D
  • RAB4-8L (4-8 MHz) Ergonomic volume convex 2D/3D/4D
  • RNA5-9 (5-9 MHz) Volume Curved neonatal 2D/3D/4D

 

Contact us if you would like information on these machines or pricing! (877) 943-7335

 

Samsung-Medison Mysono U5 Laptop Ultrasound for Sale

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September 11, 2012

We are selling a great condition  Samsung-Medison Mysono U5 Laptop 3D/4D Ultrasound Machine. This was a demo unit that we no longer need.

 

Full 3D/4D Ultrasound. This will come with the box, the 3D/4D Convex probe, Power supply, original manual, original boxes, CD drive.

Uncompromising image quality
– SRF™ (Speckle Reduction Filter)
– DMR Lite™
– Tissue Harmonic Imaging & Pulse Inversion Harmonics
– 3D XI™(3D eXtended Imaging)
Smaller, faster, simpler
– Advanced Vascular Package
– Auto IMT™
– Full Vascular Measurement Package
– High-performance Linear Probes
– Ergonomic Control Panel
– QuickScan
Deliver care anywhere
– Lightweight
– Compact Carry Case
– Rechargeable Battery
– Instant-on
– DICOM 3.0
– USB 2.0
Synthetic Aperture
Synthetic aperture control is a method for overcoming the limit of the physical channel in software methods.
As shown in Diagram, to create one scan line, TX and RX works are performed twice.
Harmonic Imaging
The basic theory of the harmonic imaging is that body tissue reflects ultrasound signals at frequencies at twice the scanning frequency, or the second harmonic with scanning frequency. Harmonic imaging is the advanced technology of conventional harmonic imaging. 
AutoIMT™
Automated measurement of the intima-media thickness of the carotid artery wall is a widely-used function.
It provides instant and Mean, Max, Standard Deviation and quality Index at the touch of a single button. State-of-the-art functions also include Framingham Score, Risk Factor, Normal IMT and user graph.
MySono U5 Portable Digital “4D Imaging” Ultrasound System (MFG: 2011) NEW
15” LCD Monitor, Color and Power Doppler, PW Doppler, 4D Imaging, Tissue Harmonics Imaging, M-Mode
3DXI: Multi-Slice View / Oblique View / Volume CT, Dynamic MR Lite, Auto IMT, Dicom 3.0
Quick Scan (Auto Optimization), Speckle Reduction Filtering (SRF), SonoView & SonoView Pro
Dicom Structured Reporting, USB 2.0, Pulse Inversion Harmonics, Rechargeable Battery
3D2-6ET 4D abdominal

 

 

This machine is priced great, with only being used as a DEMO machine I’m sure it will not last long! Call us at (877) 943-7335.

Heartbeat Animals and Bears for Baby & Keepsake

August 16, 2012

Are you looking for new ways to increase your profits and revenues? Heartbeat animals are a great way to do this. 

They are easily recorded during the ultrasound session.
They can later be used for baby shower gifts, deployed fathers, family members who are out of town, as a keepsake or even if the newborns room.

If you would like any further information on these great products, please contact us. (877) 943-7335.

 

 

 

GE Voluson i for sale now

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August 7, 2012

We recently took in a BTO8 Software GE Voluson i laptop ultrasound machine in on trade. This machines is fully loaded. This machine will come with the 3D/4D Convex transducer, DVD/CD Burner and printer.

The active options are:

  • 3D/4D Expert
  • Dicom3
  • Vocal II
  • RT 4D Biopsy
  • VCI
  • XTD View
  • SonoNT
  • SonoRS
  • BT Activation

This machine is priced great, with BTO9 software installed! I’m sure it will not last long! Call us at (877) 943-7335.

http://ultrasoundtrainers.com/volusoni.html

 

The Bump in Valdosta, GA

June 29, 2012

 

We are pleased to announce the Grand opening of The Bump in Valdosta, GA.

The Bump 3D/4D ultrasound studio is here to serve the expecting mothers of Valdosta and its surrounding area. Pregnancy is such a special and exciting time and there is no better way to capture this moment in life than with a 3D ultrasound of your little one while still in the womb! With these life-like photos you can get a sneak peek of the baby’s facial features and watch live as it smiles, stretches and sucks its thumb.

 

The Bump can obtain the best images possible with our state of the art GE ultrasound machines and a technician that is there to take their time. Unlike your doctor’s office, there is no hurry, it is a relaxed atmosphere and we welcome your friends and family to join in on this incredible experience. You can even find out if it’s a Boy or a Girl as early as 15 weeks!

he Bump 3D is a stylish, comfortable studio where we capture memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.  Upon arriving, you will be welcomed by our technician, Leanna, who will help you fill out a registration packet.  There is plenty of waiting room for your family and friends, we even have a little play station for kids.

The ultrasound will take place in our viewing room which resembles a home theater room with a large projection screen and comfy couches.  Then comes the fun part, get ready to see if baby looks like Mommy or Daddy!

The majority of expecting moms will get at least one ultrasound performed by their OB. Below we are going to highlight the difference in the experience you have at our studio versus your doctors office.

Enjoyable Experience @ The Bump. We can guarantee that you will enjoy your elective ultrasound experience at The Bump. We have a warm, relaxing environment that makes the whole experience so much better than the cold, sterile feeling that most doctor offices have.

No long wait @ The Bump. At The Bump all of our prenatal 3D/ 4D ultrasounds are done by appointment only to ensure that you and your guests will never have to wait. We have all had the negative experience of waiting hours to be seen by the doctor which happens even more so with OB’s when they are called out to deliver babies. The wait can be hours sometimes but we can ensure that you won’t be left sitting in the waiting room nervous and excited at The Bump.

 

Big crowds welcomed @ The Bump. We think the more the merrier! You can easily fit up to 10 friends and family in our ultrasound viewing room and have your loved ones share this amazing memory with you. At the doctors office you are usually limited to 1 or 2 additional people in the room.

Flexible hours @ The Bump. Often times it is not possible for daddy, grandparents, friends, ect to take off during the work week to attend your doctor’s appointment with you. At The Bump we offer plenty of appointments after 5 p.m. during the week and we are also open on the weekend for your convenience.

Pleasant staff @ The Bump. We have all heard horror stories of how an excited mom goes in for her prenatal ultrasound only to be subject to an unfriendly nurse who is all but excited for her. Our staff is always smiling and just as excited as you are to view your little miracle. Your ultrasound experience at The Bump will never be ruined by someone else’s bad attitude.

Relaxed appointments @ The Bump. Often a doctors office is seeing many patients in one day and does not have the time for the long ultrasound we all want. You often feel rushed but that won’t ever happen at The Bump. Each package allows for plenty of viewing time of baby.

Patient with baby @ The Bump. Well some are stubborn even while still in the womb. Whether they won’t wake up or are crossing their legs, it may take a little bit longer than normal from time to time. Often your doctor will just say, “sorry, we’ll try again next time.” Well next time could easily be 4-6 weeks away. At The Bump we are patient and try our best to get you great 3D/4D pictures or reveal the gender for the first time. We will often have you drink some juice, walk around and try again. If baby still does not cooperate, we can re-scan you within the next few days.

Plenty of pictures taken @ The Bump. Some doctors print only a couple of pictures for you to take home, some none at all. Every prenatal ultrasound done receives at least 6 3D prints that you take home with you that day so you can show off your little one!

 

Contact Info:

The Bump 3D is a 3D/4D Elective Ultarsound studio located in Valdosta, GA.

www.TheBump3D.com 

Office:(229) 563-6035

Email: Info@TheBump3D.com

 

CALL FOR SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS!

We are located at:

1808 B Plum St

Valdosta, GA 31601

 

 The Bump 3D, a 3D/4D Elective Ultrasound Studio, located in Valdosta, GA is conveniently located to: Lake Park, Hahira, Quitman, Thomasville, Adel, Tifton, Barney, Waycross, Homerville, Lakeland, Moultrie, Douglas, Pearson, Cairo, Jasper, Madison, Statenville, Nashville, Ray City, and Moody AFB.

 

We Buy and Sell Ultrasound Machines

May 5, 2012

As the premier leader in the 3D/4D ultrasound training buiesss, we always expanding our network and helping our clients to purchase and sell used ultrasound equipment. We currently work with purchasing, refurbishing and selling GE Voluson 730’s, GE Voluson I’s, Samsung-Medison U5 as well as all other Medison and General Electric GE products.

Please feel free to contact us for a quote on an ultrasound machine  Contact Us

GE VOLUSON 730

With the GE Voluson 730, you can now acquire and construct volumetric images in real time – up to 40 volumes per second. The system allows you to explore images in any plane to reveal the smallest details with stunning clarity and apply sophisticated analytical tools to answer virtually any of your clinical questions. Volume Ultrasound not only improves your 3D/4D capabilities, it enhances your 2D imaging as well, for even greater diagnostic confidence in your obstetrical, gynecologic, breast and general imaging studies.

The power of the Voluson 730 series is it’s quality imaging capabilities – it gives you the extraordinary vision needed to easily diagnose patients earlier and with increased confidence

Quick Overview

  • 15″ CRT monitor
  • 4 transducer / probe ports
  • THI [Tissue harmonic Imaging]
  • OB/GYN, IVF, Fetal cardiac, Urology & Vascular reporting
  • ATO [Auto Tissue Optimization]
  • 4D Volume ContrastB-Mode
  • M-Mode
  • Color Doppler
  • Power Doppler
  • PW Doppler
  • 4D
  • Tissue Doppler Imaging
  • VOCAL volumetric calcs
  • Compound resolution
  • 512 channel digital beamformer
  • CINE loop: 256 MB memory
  • Magicut
  • Sonoview
  • ATO [Automatic Tissue Optimization]
  • HD flow
  • STIC [Spatial-temporal image correlation]
  • SRI [Speckle Reduction Imaging]
  • 40 Gig Hard-drive
  • CD-RW
  • 2 USB ports
  • Video output ports
  • Ethernet port

GE VOLUSON I

The compact Voluson i comes loaded with Volume Ultrasound. Acquire raw volumetric data that can be analyzed in different planes after your patient leaves. So you reconstruct the exam instead of rescanning the patient.

The GE Voluson I portable Ultrasound Machine is the size of a laptop, but packs a powerful ultrasound experience.

Quick Overview

  • OB/GYN, Vascular calc packages
  • Curved, Linear, 4D convex, linear transducer capabilities
  • TruScan Architecture, Coded Harmonics, CrossXBeam ™ Coded Excitation, FFC,
  • Color
  • Doppler
  • Bmode
  • M mode
  • PDI Power Doppler Imaging
  • 3D Static
  • 4D real time
  • 15 inch monitor
  • 80GB hard drive

MEDISON MYSONO U5

With the introduction of the MySono U5, MEDISON brings you all the performance of a full-sized imaging system in a truly portable package. Delivering exceptional image quality and featuring MEDISON’s renowned 3D/4D imaging technology, the MySono U5 is a versatile diagnostic tool for a complete range of ultrasound imaging applications.

Quick Overview

  • 15″ LCD monitor
  • 3D/4D Imaging
  • 3DXI, Real time 3D
  • Dynamic-MR Lite, SRF
  • Auto IMT, Full Cardio-Vascular App.
  • Light weight, Compact carry case
  • Rechargeable battery, Instant-on
  • Ergonomic handle in front panel
  • Easily height adjustable control panel
  • Lightweight, Two probe ports
  • Cardiac package
  • Color, power and PW Doppler
  • SonoView Pro, DICOM 3.0, USB 2.0

 

Vascular
Small Parts
Cardiac
Breast
Abdominal
OB-GYN
3D
Obstetrical
Gynecology

 

Ultrasound Gel Warning: Per FDA

April 20, 2012

From ABC News: (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/19/fda-warning-infection-risks-from-contaminated-ultrasound-gel/)

Author: By Jane E. Allen
@JaneEAllenABC

 

FDA Warning: Infection Risks From Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

 

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors, hospitals and clinics that contaminated ultrasound gel produced by a New Jersey company infected 16 cardiac patients and could pose serious risks to pregnant women and others who undergo ultrasound imaging and treatment.

The gel is used by radiologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, OB-GYNs, internists, nurses and ultrasound technicians for diagnostic ultrasound testing. Chiropractors and physical therapists use the gel for therapeutic ultrasound treatment of pain, inflammation and injuries.

The agency told the health professionals to stop using the gel because of contamination with two strains of bacteria. “Although Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel is not labeled as either sterile or non-sterile, it is NOT sterile,” the FDA cautioned.

The 16 heart patients became infected with the bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, while undergoing transesophageal ultrasound exams with Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel during heart valve replacement surgery at a single hospital, the FDA said. The product is made by Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc., of Newark, N.J., which bills itself on its website as “world leader in medical ultrasound.”

In February, an FDA analysis of product samples revealed ”significant amounts of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca,” which the FDA said suggested that the contamination occurred “during the manufacturing process.”  Both types of bacteria can colonize the skin without causing any symptoms, although Pseudomonas also may cause skin eruptions, even on unbroken skin, the FDA warned. More concerning, however, is the potential of the bacteria to enter the body through ultrasound exams of the airway, lower digestive tract or a woman’s genital tract, where they could cause infection.

“Intact skin is a fairly good barrier to infection,” said Dr. Robert A. Winters, an infectious disease specialist in Santa Monica, Calif. He said that  fetal ultrasounds and ultrasounds of organs like the gall bladder, where the gel is applied to overlying skin, are of “lower concern” than more invasive ultrasounds where a probe is inserted into the body, such as during transesophageal imaging. “On the other hand, they’re using the probe, they’re moving it on the skin, they could be abrading the skin and potentially introducing germs into otherwise clean sites. There is probably some small added risk if you’re undergoing ultrasound with a contaminated gel product.”

But he noted, in the big scheme of infectious disease risks, “We all are interacting with lots of different bacteria all day long.”

If you’re concerned about possible exposure to a contaminated gel, “the best thing to do is go home and take a good shower with soap and water,” or make sure the people performing your ultrasound “pat the area with alcohol afterwards,” said Winters, chairman of the infection control division at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

“Not every patient exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella bacteria in Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel will develop colonization (the presence of bacteria at a site without any signs of infection) or infection, but the risk remains present,” the FDA alert said. It warned that biopsies can let bacteria get into tissues, causing an abscess or severe bloodstream infection called sepsis. If Klebsiella bacteria, which are common in the digestive tract, enter the lungs or spread to other tissues, they could lead to pneumonia, wound infection or bloodstream infections, the FDA said.

At the agency’s request, New Jersey health authorities embargoed all lots of the gel manufactured from June through December 2011. The U.S. Marshal Service has since seized those lots. Health professionals were urged to stop using 250 milliliter bottles and 5-liter dispensing containers with three lot numbers: 060111, 090111 and 120111. They were also asked to identify any patients who underwent ultrasound exams with gel from those lots.

“This ultrasound gel presented serious health risks to patients, particularly vulnerable ones,” Dara A. Corrigan, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement issued by the FDA. “Therefore, FDA, with the assistance of our state partner, is taking aggressive enforcement action to protect the public health.”

 

Once again, this is a repost of a previous article by

From ABC News: (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/19/fda-warning-infection-risks-from-contaminated-ultrasound-gel/)

Author: By Jane E. Allen
@JaneEAllenABC

 

 

GE Voluson 730 Expert Review

April 17, 2012

GE Voluson 730 Expert

 

Tested with 3D/4D Ultrasound & OBGYN

 

Price:             Contact us for information (sorry we don’t like to put the price we paid online)

Year:              2007 Upgraded

Software:      BT08

Options:        Real Time 4D, Dicom, RT_4D_Biopsy, VOCAL II, Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging, SRI II, VCI, B-Flow, STIC, XTD View, VCAD Hear, BT Activation

From the manufacturer: (Scroll down for review)

 

High quality ultrasound imaging for Women’s Health.

Voluson* 730 ultrasound helps you view tiny structures with clarity, differentiate tissue types and subtle details, and detect abnormalities to enable early intervention. That’s the power of a Voluson 730 ultrasound system. It is designed specifically to provide the extraordinary vision needed in your obstetrical, gynecologic, and maternal fetal medicine studies to help you diagnose patients earlier and with increased clinical confidence.

Image clarity.

Voluson 730 features these image enhancement innovations to help you obtain excellent images:

  • Speckle Reduction Imaging (SRI) helps heighten the visibility of organs and lesions with high-definition contrast resolution that suppresses speckle artifact, while maintaining true tissue architecture.
  • CrossXBeamCRI* helps enhance tissue and border differentiation with a real-time, spatial compounding acquisition and processing technique.
  • HD-Flow* uses a bi-directional Doppler feature to help achieve a more sensitive vascular study and reduce overwriting.

Volume Contrast Imaging (VCI) helps you improve image quality in either a single plane or in all three planes of a volume acquisition.

http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/Products/Categories/Ultrasound/Voluson/Voluson_730

Voluson 730 – Ultrasound – Products – gehealthcare.com

 

REVIEW:

As we expected, the GE Voluson 730 Expert BT08 functioned perfectly! There is no question as to why the Voluson 730 has been the staple ultrasound machine for most 3D/4D ultrasound studios for the past 6 plus years.

When we walked into the room with the Voluson 730 in it, it gave us mixed emotions. The first being, how do we give an honest review on a machine that we have grown to love over the past years, and the second being “o boy… here we go again.”

The GE Voluson 730 is beast, both in size and production value. The machine itself is large and cumbersome, it’s as though it was taken from the 1990’s. GE is has yet to do a full redesign on the actual 730 line. This leaves us, at first glance, with the feeling of using an old and outdated machine; this couldn’t be further from the truth. The GE Voluson 730 Expert BT08 has everything a child in a candy store could want.

The one item installed on this machine that makes us smile is SRI II. Yes, it greatly helps improve your 2D images, but WOW is all we can say about the 3D/4D. When you look at an image with SRI turned off and then turn it on, you will be blown away. GE has done such a great job with this.

Being that we have been using GE Voluson 730’s for over 7 years now, we had to do very little tweaking to get the images to be “perfect.” The GE has a very easy way of saving settings, as well as saving multiple setting and having them at your fingertips.

When testing this machine we had 10 different women come in. The women ranged from 15 weeks up to 35 weeks. They varied in body mass size, placenta location and racial demographics. We tried to get a good sample base so that we could test the machine on true-life situations.

We will describe the image quality based on gestation weeks.

15-20 weeks: This stage on the Voluson 730 is great! You are able to tweak the threshold and gain enough to let you see the baby in great detail. (Yes, at this stage, the baby doesn’t have much fat, but this machine helps “add” fat and layers to smooth out the baby.

20-24 weeks: The images were much better than 15-20 weeks.

25 plus weeks: This is the sweet spot for the Voluson 730 Expert. The images we got were great. Plenty of detail in the face. The downside though: it’s hard to work and fully get a placenta out of the way. If you take your time, and the baby is directly up against the placenta, you can still get some great images.

Overall 3D/4D image quality is great. You can get images from 15 plus weeks (earlier is possible, we just didn’t test it this time) After using the Voluson 730 again, we remember why we love them.

Ease of use:

Being that we have been using the Voluson 730 for years, it was very easy to use. The touch screen simplifies the process. Most everything can be changed or adjusted at either a touch of the touchscreen or a simple twist of  knob.

The machine is very forgiving. If you accidentally get into an application or change a setting, you can easily go back to your default settings.

Conclusion:

The GE Voluson 730 is a great machine, from start to finish. Do you pay a higher price for the GE name, possibly… Is it worth it, in my opinion… Under most circumstances yes. I am still a huge fan of the Voluson product line, from the original 1.07 to the pro and the expert models.

 

Feel Free to contact us with any questions about this machines.

 

BabyWaves in Opelousas, LA

March 20, 2012
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BabyWaves is a unique combination between Ashley Wyble and Vick Buller, providing expecting moms with a memorable experience.  Ashley is a registered sonographer and has been performing ultrasound for 7 years and is very competent in her field.  Watching mom’s expression when she sees her baby for the first time brings joy and great satisfaction to Ashley and makes her thankful that she is a part of this.  Vicki on the other hand has some radiology experience and has a deep passion for photography.  She has delighted many for the past 7 or so years with her ability to transform ordinary photographs into lasting memories.  Together Ashley and Vicki are a delightful duo that gives expecting parents a preview of their special treasure and offers them keepsake mementos that will last forever.

 

 

Contact Info:

Phone:

Email: info@4dbabywaves.com

Website: www.4DBabyWaves.com

1310 South Union Street, Suite 4
Opelousas, LA 70570

 

4D BabyWaves is located near:

Lafayette, Carencro, Church Point, Arnaudville,  Leonville, Cankton, Scott,  Youngsville, Breaux Bridge, Cecilia, Henderson, Crowley, Rayne, Jennings,  Eunice, Ville Platte, Mamou, Pine Prairie, Chataignier, Vidrine, Washington, Alexandria,Bunkie,Lebeau,Palmetto,Melville, Port Barre, False River, Livonia, Duson, New Iberia,  Simmesport,  Oakdale, Lawtell, Prairie Rhonde,  Basile, Sunset, Grand Coteau,  Krotz Springs

 

Samsung-Medison SonoAce R7 Review

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March 9, 2012

Samsung Medison SonoAce R7 

 

Tested with 3D/4D Ultrasound & OBGYN

 

Price:             Contact us for information (sorry we don’t like to put the price we paid online)

Year:              2011

Software:      1.02.00.0728

Options:        4D, 3D XI, Dynamic MR, & DICOM

 

From the manufacturer: (Scroll down for review)

 

Design 

– Slim & Compact Design

– 17 Inch LCD Monitor

– Control Panel Up/Down Mechanism

– Backlit Keyboard

– Simple Control Panel

– Front and rear handles

– 4 swivel wheels

 

Functionality

– Full Spectrum Imaging

– Dynamic MR / Dynamic MR +

– Speckle Reduction Filter

– Quick Scan

– Auto IMT

– Post Processing

– Post measurement

– Full user customization

 

Connectivity

– Sonoview Pro – Off-line Analysis

– DICOM 3.0

– USB Printers

– DVD Recording & Writing

– Backup, Export, Transfer

– USB Flash Memory

– USB ECG Module

 

Multi-Beam Imaging

Multi-Beam Imaging is a technique involving creating several scan lines of images in one TX. The Multi-Beam technique is possible through digital beam-forming, and is a function that cannot be done with existing analog beam-forming methods.

Synthetic Aperture

Synthetic aperture control is a method for overcoming the limits of the physical channel by using software. As shown in the diagram, to create one scan line, the TX and RX are performed twice.

Harmonic Imaging

The basic theory of harmonic imaging is that body tissue reflects ultrasound signals at frequencies at twice the scanning frequency, or the second harmonic of the scanning frequency. Samsung Medison’s Harmonic Imaging is an advanced version of conventional harmonic imaging.

Full Spectrum Imaging™

Spectrum imaging is designed for imaging by using the entire frequency territory that the probe supports, no matter how the TX frequency is designated. The frequency range can be broadened for better penetration and resolution.

Speckle Reduction Filter™

The SRF function reduces speckle artifacts and low signal artifacts in the background and in organs. The resulting image has a more clearer image than the original image.

DynamicMR™

DynamicMR™ significantly reduces artifacts such as misleading speckles and noise of a 2D ultrasound image, through an innovative second-stage filtering by Object Filtering and Pixel Filtering.

AutoIMT™

Automated measurement of the intima-media thickness of the carotid artery wall is a widely-used function. It provides instant measurement and the Mean, Max, Standard Deviation and the Quality Index at the touch of a single button.

 

(Samsung Medison USA. “SonoAce R7 Ultrasound Machine.” SonoAce R7, Ultra-Compact Ultrasound Machine. Samsung Medison USA. Web. 09 Mar. 2012. <http://www.samsungmedisonusa.com/ultrasound/general-imaging/sonoace-r7/index.jsp>.)

 

REVIEW:

Shocked… That was my first impression of the new SonoAce R7, and I’m happy to say this. The reason I was so shocked was based on my previous experiences with past models put out by Medison. In the past, the only time that I would touch a Medison was really by accident. (Remember that we primarily do 3D/4D ultrasound when taking this into account. As well as the fact that we are HUGE GE Voluson fans.) In the past Medison products were known for poor images, laggy refresh rates, an ugly huge box/housing, and are extremely difficult to tweak to get images that look half decent; well that is no longer the situation.

When you first walk into a room with the Samsung Medison SonoAce R7, you start to think that maybe someone is going to wheel the machine in later. The R7 is TINY, sleek, and plain out sexy! It has a beautiful thin 17-inch LCD monitor, sitting on top of a small perfectly organized keyboard and control panel. All of this sits on top of a slender and skinny box. The machine is a nice bright white and mellow gray in color with orange color accents. The control panel is set up much like all the new Samsung Medison products.

After the shock of seeing one of the first eye pleasing ultrasound machines was starting to wear off, our first patient entered the room (typical size mom, 30 weeks pregnant.) We decided to do the first scan with strictly the stock 2D and 3D/4D settings provided on the machine… The 2D looked absolutely grand… The 3D/4D was a completely different story! With close to 10 years of 3D/4D scanning under our belts, we had a hard time figuring out what the 3D image was of. We could obviously tell by looking at the split screen that we had an ideal 2D image but the 3D/4D image just wouldn’t produce correctly. We were about to give up on Medison again and throw in the towel. Then we figured we had enough invested in the machine that we should try to figure it out… AND BOY O BOY DID WE!!!

After changing several settings in both the 2D settings as well as in the 3D/4D settings we were amazed at the difference in image quality. It was like night and day. We continued to tweak and make changes, especially in the 3D/4D settings, and ended up with great photos.

One major highlight on this machine is the Dynamic MR, if it wasn’t for this function the images wouldn’t be nearly as crisp or spot on for 3D/4D. Most people assume that the Dynamic MR will help with the 2D mainly and to be honest we thought the same thing. We were so wrong. 3D/4D images without the Dynamic MR on lacked definition and the wow factor. The moment you turn it on, it’s like you are scanning on a completely different machine.

When testing this machine we had 10 different women come in. The women ranged from 15 weeks up to 35 weeks. They varied in body mass size, placenta location and racial demographics. We tried to get a good sample base so that we could test the machine on true-life situations.

We will describe the image quality based on gestation weeks.

15-20 weeks: We were not impressed with the 3D/4D at this stage. It was much like older Medisons or even older GE products. The images were very boney and it was difficult to compensate. To be fair though, on most machines this stage doesn’t look great due to the lack of fat on the baby, but the Medison seemed to fair worse than some other machines.

20-24 weeks: The images were much better than 15-20 weeks, but still left some room for improvement.

25 plus weeks: WOW! This is where this machine is awesome. The SonoAce R7 produced some of the best images that we have ever seen! There was so much detail in the babies face, hands and feet. After seeing these images I hope other companies (cough cough… GE) can work on getting the same detail.

Overall 3D/4D image quality is good. The Samsung Medison products use a different rendering color scheme and texture then say GE does, but this is what allows the Medison to create such great 25 plus week images with so much detail.

Ease of use:

This is always a hard one to test. What we did to see how easy this machine is to learn and work on; is we brought in a nurse who had NO ultrasound experience at all. By her having no experience it allowed us to start from scratch without her having any preconceived notions from other machines.

We were able to teach her the basic functions of the machine, how to obtain a 2D side profile, and how to get basic 3D/4D ultrasounds in less than 2 days! This is impart due to the fact that we created new programs and setting so that she wouldn’t have to change very many settings, but she did great.

I would have to say from her experience on the machine as well as ours this is a very easy machine to use.

Conclusion:

All and all this is a great machine, especially since it is brand new and comes with a manufacturers’ warranty. The machine is small and sleek and it produces great images.

Things to think about… If you plan to do 3D/4D ultrasound; are you looking for a machine that produces great 2D images throughout the pregnancy and killer 3D/4D images later in the pregnancy (25 plus weeks)… If so, this machine maybe for you. If you want to and plan to do a lot of your 3D/4D earlier in the pregnancy (15-24 weeks) just keep in mind that this machine does produce boney images that are the perfect quality.

We are excited about the changes that Samsung has brought to Medison and we hope to see further advancement in their 2D/3D/4D ultrasound platforms to come.

 

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