There are many cardiology ultrasound machines available on the market for used equipment, but which one is the best?
In this article, we will introduce the cardiology ultrasounds that we consider best in their league.
Before we start, let us briefly walk over what cardiac ultrasound means.
Cardiology or cardiac ultrasound, also known as echocardiography, refers to the ultrasound imaging of the heart. It examines the structure and function of the heart and related vessels. In live images.
Image analysis is driven by technology, as diagnosing heart disease requires a fairly detailed view of the heart and blood movement. Therefore, ultrasound systems can be highly specialized for this area.
There are several systems that can perform these exams, but coming up are our top choices.
The Top 4 Cardiology Ultrasound Machines
The systems we have selected as the top ones are all high-end ultrasound systems manufactured by premium brands. they are; Vivid E95 from GE, Epiq 7C from Philips, Aplio I900 from Toshiba (now Canon), and SC2000 PRIME from Siemens. We focused on products available or soon available on the used market.
Let’s learn more about each.
Vivid E95 XD Clear from GE
The Vivid E95 from GE is a high-end 4D cardiovascular ultrasound system. It replaced the GE Vivid E9 and has an advanced software-based image processing system, cSound, the new XDClear transducer technology.
And hereby, the Vivid E95 became the best cardiology ultrasound from GE. And is now their best available on the used market.
It offers excellent image quality in 2D and 4D, and also for more challenging patients. Moreover, the system comes with several innovative features to help clinicians perform faster and better.
GE Vivid E95 XD Clear
This is a popular system that we often get requests on.
The cSound beamformer technology means that it uses software instead of hardware for beamformer functions. Hereby it allows the ultrasound to utilize 10-15% more of the data from the ultrasound probe, for clearer and more accurate images.
Its features include HDlive, Triplane, and more. HDlive is an advanced visualization technique that simulates light propagation and scattering throughout the tissue, thereby providing clearer images. Triplane allows better visualization of the heart, as it enables clinicians to see three planes simultaneously, from a single heartbeat. Of course, in high temporal and spatial resolution.
To make clinician’s life easier and improve their effectiveness, the GE Vivid E95 has several quantification tools for cardiovascular imaging. For example, 4D strain and 4D Auto AVQ, the first calculates the strain values and the second quantifies the aortic outflow tract.
The pre-owned or refurbished GE Vivid E95 offers exceptional quality at a more affordable price. If you would like to purchase a great alternative to this, consider the GE Vivid E9, an even more affordable and yet solid solution, that is good for covering standard cardiology needs.
Philips launched the Epiq 7C in 2013 and it is a excellent cardiology ultrasound machine. Without a doubt, the Epiq 7C is top-of-the-line available on the used market.
It features an uncompromised level of clinical performance and what’s more, it meets the challenges of today’s most demanding practices.
Philips Epiq 7
A powerful cardiac system from Philips with outstanding images and probes.
Philips equipped the system with powerful architecture t – the nSIGHT imaging architecture.
The proprietary nSIGHT Imaging architecture is a completely new approach to creating ultrasound images without compromise. Unlike conventional systems that form a line-by-line image, nSIGHT creates images with optimal resolution. Additionally, nSIGHT Imaging incorporates the use of a new precision beamformer along with powerful and parallel processing.
This extraordinary architecture captures vast amounts of acoustic data. Then it reconstructs, in real time, optimally focused beams, creating a precise resolution for each pixel in the image.
The Epiq 7C also comes with xMATRIX, a high-end ultrasound transducer technology. In combination with the nSIGHT architecture it makes the ultrasound very powerful.
And is compatible with a complete set of innovative ultrasound probes.
The xMATRIX offers all modes in a single transducer. Such as 2D, 3D/4D, Live xPlane, Live MPR, MPR, Doppler, color Doppler, and CPA.
The Epiq 7C offers a complete set of easy-to-use quantitative tools. And it was designed to take a Live 3D volume of the mitral valve and turn it into an easy-to-interpret model.
Last but not least, the Epiq 7C is easy to use, mobile and has an advanced workflow for super ergonomics.
The Epiq 7C has a lot to offer and is a solid investment.
However, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to this cardiology ultrasound maybe the Philips iE33 is a match. This was the cardiac flagship earlier, but is no longer in production and is now only found on the used market.
Aplio i900 from Toshiba
The Aplio i900 belongs to the newest premium ultrasound series of Tohiba (now Canon) – The Aplio i-series.
The system combines the industry-leading image quality with a highly intuitive design. Moreover, it brings ultra-premium cardiac imaging to an everyday clinical setting.
This system boasts innovative features that enable physicians to quickly and easily assess myocardial function or quantify complex valvular lesions with greater depth and detail.
The Aplio i900 delivers extreme processing power that helps healthcare providers see more in their ultrasound exams. This is due to thinner beam slices and more return information in each image.
Additionally, the new beam generation technology, iBeam, optimizes beam efficiency, increases penetration, spatial resolution, and contrast resolution.
The Aplio i900 comes with great features, among them are the Wall Motion Tracking, the Automated MVA Assessment and Surgical View.
Wall Motion Tracking provides immediate visual and quantitative access to global and regional myocardial wall motion dynamics in 2D and 3D. The automated MVA tool provides concise anatomic and functional assessment of the mitral valve while the function’s quad display offers a clear overview of different scan planes. Surgical View, in one touch, demonstrates the mitral valve as seen by the surgeon to facilitate visual assessment of the leaflets for better surgical planning.
The Aplio i900 is the best cardiac ultrasounds from Toshiba available on the used market.
However, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, we recommend that you consider Toshiba Artida.
Acuson SC2000 PRIME from Siemens
The best ultrasound cardiology machine on the used market from Siemens is the Acuson SC2000 PRIME.
This cardiology ultrasound provides superior image quality with IN Focus and real-time True Volume imaging. It also increases productivity with 1-click measurements, automated protocols, and navigational tools.
The dedicated cardiac system from Siemens that delivers solid performance.
With 64 parallel beams, the SC2000 provides real-time, high-quality images and quantification that provides high quality imaging and analysis. Furthermore, it performs 2D and 3D transthoracic (TTE), transesophageal (TEE), and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE).
Therefore, it will handle all your cardiovascular imaging needs.
IN Focus coherent technology focuses on every pixel at every depth all the time. This way it secures better spatial resolution, precise border definition, and blood flow visualization, without compromising frame rate.
The Siemens SC2000 gives you the possibility to visualize the heart in real-time with True Volume b-mode and volume color Doppler imaging. Hence, it provides you with real-time assessment of anatomy and physiology at clinically relevant volume size and volume rates without stitching.
Which is essential for diagnosis and SHD interventions.
Another important feature of the system is TrueFusion. TrueFusion integrates advanced ultrasound and angiographic imaging for better navigation and guidance during structural heart disease interventions.
A good and cheaper alternative to the Siemens SC2000 Prime, is the SC2000.
As demonstrated above, all the major brands in the industry have at least one exceptional cardiology ultrasound.
High-end cardiac systems are typically priced from 25.000 – 40.000 euros on th eused market, excluding probes. However, the alternatives mentioned as well are in the ragne 8.000 – 20.000 euros. So there are plenty of options for a tighter budget as well.
All of the models mentioned above are delivering high quality imaging. When choosing between brands, the main concern is availability to service, and your personal preference.
And remember to consider if your practice requires the very top of the line, or if you are covered well with a more mid-range solution at a better price. Unless you are a highly specialized clinic, chances are that the mid-range will cover you well.
What is next?
If you would like to learn even more about ultrasounds, you can sign up to receive an e-book: ‘How to pick your next ultrasound‘and become part of our ultrasound e-mail course.
In multiple e-mails, this course will guide you through several themes related to your next ultrasound purchase.