Black & White Ultrasound Machine Shootout


Reviewed by IndianRadiologist

Black & White Ultrasound System Shootout

This article deals with the models currently available in the market and the features of each machine. Right now, on this shoot out, we are comparing only portable black and white models; Color Dopplers like the Logic Book arent included in this group, though they may fall in the same price bracket.

We start with Medisons SONOACE X1: this is a premium black and white portable model that has full digital beam-forming, multifrequency and tissue harmonic imaging. It offers B mode, M mode and dual B/M mode in single, dual and quad formats, a 10-inch CRT monitor, and dual probe ports.

Its positives include a quick start (within seconds) and 2 USB ports that allow you to transfer the data onto a memory stick.

Besides this, it has a hard disk drive that allows for post examination scan analysis. It has a 365-frame cine memory allowing you to scroll back and store images of your choice.

Medison has made huge inroads in the ultrasound market in the last 2-3 years, and this system is a premium product with many users, backed by prompt after sales service.

The next on the list is the market leader from GE Healthcare The LOGIC 100 PRO

This machine has been at the top of the heap since its inception and has stayed there with its small and continuous minute changes to its best selling product. It has a fully Digital Beam former, Auto Tissue Optimization (ATO), and Picture in Picture Zoom.

Cine Memory is also available on the new product since the last 2 years, allowing storage of last 32 frames of the cine loop.

This machine is rock-steady and built to last, with very few breakdowns, thus making it a good portable partner.

Toshibas Famio Cube is another good mobile ultrasound system that has an integrated hard disc drive, and a large 12-inch screen. The machine has many features that include one touch image quality optimization, direct connection to external PC for image transfer and CD-R image archiving. An optional 2-probe connector also makes it simple and easy to use.

With Toshiba placing machines in each segment of the ultrasound market, this machine stands out with a large screen, good resolution, and direct PC image transfer, features that belong to entry-level Doppler models or upper end black & white models.

Sonoscape A6 by Medion Healthcare is the new digital black and white ultrasound scanner that is available in the market since last year. Its screen size matches that of the Famio with a whopping 12 inches, and even has a tilt facility to enable better viewing.

LAN and DICOM connectivity with Tissue Harmonic Imaging is available on this system. Multiple add ons in the form of printer, image management software, DVD writer and trolley have been added to the standard package to make this an attractive product in this segment. Image storage of 2000 frames is available.

Comparision Chart

SONOACE X1

Logic 100 PRO

FamioCube

Sonoscape 6

Company

Medison

GE

Toshiba (Erbis Eng.)

Medion Healthcare

Modes

B, B/M, M

B, B/M, M

B, B/M, M

B, B/M, M

Monitor

10 inch

7 inch

12 inches

12 inches

USB Port

Yes (2)

Yes

Yes

2

Hard Disk

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Probe Ports

2

1

1

2

Harmonics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weight

9.5 kg

9.8 kg

14 kg

6 kg

Summary

With 4 good machines available in todays market, the goodies packed in these small machines make it difficult to choose one winner. All machines are in the same price segment and quality is more or less same, and all dish out more than their predecessors 8-10 years ago.