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.

 

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

 

3D/4D Ultrasound Machine Reviews

January 18, 2012

In this next series of posts, we plan to review and give our input into several different 3D/4D ultrasound machines that are out there. The info that we provide will be both information directly from the companies that produce the ultrasound equipment, as well as our own personal views. We plan to post pictures of the machines, 2D images, as well as 3D images.

Our goal is to help you make a educated decision when you go out and look to purchase a new/used 3D/4D ultrasound machine.

Love My Baby Bump in Clarksville, TN

November 20, 2011

We are proud to announce the Grand Opening of Love My Baby in Clarksville, TN. Love my baby bump is not only offers 3D/4D ultrasounds but also prenatal massages and a massive baby/pregnancy boutique. Whether you are looking to see your little one before they are here, trying to relax with a nice tranquil prenatal massage, or find that perfect baby outfit or photo frame, love my baby bump is here for you.

Love My Baby Bump of Clarksville offers the finest 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound experience available. Combining cutting-edge technology with a spa & theater environment, we bring unbelievable images of your unborn baby to life!

Now you can see your baby up close and personal with a 3D ultrasound & 4D ultrasound from Love My Baby Bump of Clarksville!

We believe there is no greater bliss than the creation of a new life. Here at Love My Baby Bumpof Clarksville we enjoy bringing families together to witness the MIRACLE of LIFE. From the moment you walk into our studio, you will notice a distinct difference from our competitors facilities. We believe in comfort, style, and a modern spa feeling rather than the traditional “sterile business building.”

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back!

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.

A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. (She’ll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.)

You can’t lie face-down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow, that’s why we have a special table just for pregnant women! Our table has a hollowed out hole for your belly so you remain comfortable during your massage and can still experience a massage just as if you weren’t pregnant. We also have a normal massage table if you prefer your massage while laying on your side.

Contact info:

(931)358-2229

www.lovemybabybump.com

894 Hwy 76 Suite 104

Clarksville, TN 37043

 

Love My Baby Bump, a 3D & 4D Ultrasound Center in Clarksville, TN, is convenient to: Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville, Springfield, Bowling Green, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Nashville, Gallatin, Mt Juliet, Lebanon, Brentwood, Antioch, Murfreesboro, and Franklin.

Sweet Pea 3D in Concord, NC

July 19, 2011
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We are extremely proud to announce the Grand Opening of Sweet Pea 3D in Concord, NC.

Sweet Pea 3D of Concord, Charlotte area, North Carlolina offers the finest 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound experience available. Combining cutting-edge technology with a spa & theater environment, we bring unbelievable images of your unborn baby to life! We are here to help you bond with your little one before they are even here!

Your Pregnancy…Your Baby… We Believe You Deserve the Sweetest Ultrasound Imaging Experience!

Sweet Pea 3D provides expectant mothers with the highest quality elective prenatal ultrasound imaging experience.

From a tiny yawn, to a hiccup or stretch, your ultrasound will allow you to experience an intimate view of your child in the womb. We only use state of the art 3D/4D ultrasound machines by GE to ensure you receive the best images of your Sweet Pea.

Our vision is to set high quality and safety standards as we provide you and your family with the opportunity to interact with your little Sweet Pea through the eyes of a 3D/4D ultrasound. We provide a comfortable and inviting home theatre environment to relax and enjoy your sonogram session. Our studio can accomodate seating for up to fifteen of your friends, family, and children.The experience we provide is a culmination of a beautiful facility, the best equipment, and unsurpassable customer service. Our ultrasound experiences are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your family to share a heart-to-heart moment with your little Sweet Pea.

As mothers ourselves, we understand how special and exciting your pregnancy journey is for you and your family. We look forward to sharing in the first of many special moments to come with you and your little Sweet Pea.


Contact Info:

Phone: (704) 792-4629

www.SweetPea3D.com

Address:1000 Copperfield Blvd NE

Suite 142

Concord, NC 28025

Sweet Pea 3D is conveniently located in Komi Plaza directly on Copperfield Blvd just 1/4 mile from the I-85 interchange (Exit 60) toward Concord.

 

Sweet Pea 3D is a 3D & 4D Ultrasound Center in Concord, North Carolina, and is convenient to: Charlotte, Salisbury, Kannapolis, Gastonia, Hickory, Thomasville, Asheboro, Greensboro, High Point, Rock Hill, Statesville, & Huntersville.

 

When Is the Best Time to Get a 3D/4D Elective Ultrasound?

July 18, 2011

“When is the best time to come in for a 3D/4D ultrasound,” and “when is the optimal time to have our clients come in for an ultrasound,” are the two questions that I hear more than any other. And I give one simple answer to both my studio clients and my business clients, even though it’s worded differently, it has the same meaning. If I’m speaking to a perspective studio owner, or a studio owner, I tell them that the best time is ASAP. Have your clients do a 3D/4D scan when they do their gender determination (typically 15-19 weeks). After this, most clients get “hooked” and want to come back for more. If you are priced right and provide a great service you will often have your clients return around 21-24 weeks to see the growth changes, and then 28-32 weeks to get the optimal 3D/4D photos.

The same goes when you talk to the end customer. Seeing the baby in 3D/4D at 15 weeks is often “alien like” but it’s still their baby and parents will love and appreciate seeing their baby in this stage. At 15-19 weeks you are still able to see the baby’s complete body. As the baby grows you become limited on the amount of the baby that you can see. At 21-24 weeks the baby is just starting to form their fat and their full facial features. This is still a great time to see the growth progress of the lil one. When you get closer to 28-32 weeks the client is able to typically see their baby in the “typical” 3D images that we are all accustomed to seeing in magazines and online.

With all that being said, the mothers body type and baby positioning also plays a role into when you can obtain the “best” images. If a client is only going to come in once, typically the all around best time to come in will be 28-30 weeks. As the baby nears 30 plus weeks, the baby starts to run low on room and fluid, one runs the risk of having the baby “smashed” or without enough fluid in front of their face, and therefore you will be unable to obtain the optimal photos that most clients are accustomed too.

Steve LaVoise
http://www.4DPeekaBoo.com
http://www.UltrasoundTrainers.com

 

Anticipation 4D in Brookhaven, MS

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February 20, 2011

We are proud to announce the opening of Anticipation 4D in Brookhaven Mississippi. We are extremely proud of Sarah Sones for her new studio.

Sarah opened Anticipation Ultrasound Studio to give others the awesome experience of seeing their unborn child. As a new mom,  she remembeedr the 9 months of never ending anticipation.

From finding out if her baby was a boy or girl to seeing every little finger and toe, it never stopped. She isecstatic to provide such an exciting and memorable 3D/4D ultrasound experience. We may catch a glimpse of any little move your baby makes like a stretch, a yawn, or even a hiccup. At Anticipation we offer state of the art 3D/4D ultrasound machines made by GE.

We are a warm and inviting studio and welcome all of your family, friends, and children. We believe that children should be a part of this wonderful experience so they feel like a part of the family at all times. At Anticipation Ultrasound Studio, we have a large theater-like viewing room that can accommodate seating for up to 10 plus people. We have plenty of toys to keep the little ones entertained once they get restless as well.

 

Contact info:

(601) 265-1166

Anticpation4d.com

132 West Cherokee Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601-3311

 

Anticipation, a 3D & 4D Ultrasound Center in Brookhaven, Mississippi, is convenient to: Montecello, Collins, Hattiesburg, McComb, Jackson, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Hazelhurst, Magnolia, Canton, and Vicksburg.

 

4D Peek a Boo of Pensacola, Florida

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December 16, 2010
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We are proud to announce that 4D Peek a Boo of Pensacola, FL is now open! This studio is a family owned and operated studio with the backing of a corporation as well as Ultrasound Trainers.

4D Peek a Boo of Pensacola offers the finest 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound experience available. Combining cutting-edge technology with a spa & theater environment, we bring unbelievableimages of your unborn baby to life!

 

4DPeekaBoo of Pensacola is a warm  and welcoming studio that would like to invite all of your family, friends, and children to come enjoy the miracle of life. We believe that children should be a partof this wonderful experience so they feel like a part of the family at all times. At 4D Peek a Boo of Pensacola, we have a large theater-like viewing room that can accommodate seating for up to 10 plus people. We have plenty of toys to keep the little ones entertained once they get restless as well.

 

 

4D Peek a Boo of Pensacola invites you, your family and friends to experience your baby’s yawns, hiccups, and smiles with our 4D Ultrasound imaging. We can capture these precious moments on DVD and in 3D photographs so that you can treasure them forever and share them with family and friends.

 

 

Contact info:

4614 Woodbine Rd

Pace, FL 32565

Located in the Storage Master Complex

www.4DPeekaBoo.com

(850) 366-2088

 

4D Peek a Booa 3D & 4D Ultrasound Center in Gulf Breeze, Florida, is convenient to: Eglin AFB, Mobile, Pensacola NAS, Navarre, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Pace, Milton, Foley, Gulf Shores, Biloxi, Gulfport, New Orleans, Orange Beach, Panama City, Ft. Rucker, Montgomery, Tallahassee, and Ferry Pass.