It is a high-end 4D ultrasound that is great for women’s health examinations. It delivers excellent image quality not only in 4D but also in 2D and 3D.
GE has designed this system to ease the workflow of practitioners and to optimize patient comfort. The Voluson E6 is easy to move around and energy efficient.
It comes with technologies that assist in the examination of the heart of the fetus.
Moreover, it has software for measuring fetal head progression, rotation, and direction during labour. The E6 also brings a range of quality assurance tools.
A popular model that covers a wide range of OB/GYN needs.
The E8 and E6 are similar but the E6 has less features and compatible probes.
Furthermore, newer versions, above BT13, offer more innovative technologies. This takes the image quality to another level.
It has features that improve visualization of the fetal cardiovascular system, increase the quality of echo exams, arrhythmia assessment, and heart function measurements.
Additionally, the E6 does not have an Expert version, but E8 can become E8 Expert by activating the Expert option.
The GE Voluson E8 Expert offers the feature Wide Sector, which gives an extended field of view of curved array probes by means of beam steering, on all probes capable of this feature.
Moreover, the Expert is compatible to the Matrix Volume Probes (RAM3-8, RM6C, and RSM5-14, RM14L) and the high-resolution transvaginal probe RIC6-12.
Lastly, we will have a look at the GE Voluson E10, the most advanced of the three.
The most high-end of these, for outstanding performance.
This high-end ultrasound comes with a recent technology – Radiance System Architecture, that enhances the imaging performance. Hereby, the system delivers more clarity, speed, and flexibility.
When it comes to speed, the data transfer rate is 10 times faster, which results in higher resolution and very fast frame rates.
Furthermore, the processing power of the Voluson E10 is high and enables advanced applications and efficient workflows.
Lastly, the Voluson E10 is the foundation for GE Voluson e4D technology. Which provides excellent 4D imaging possibilities.
The Radiance System Architecture together with the first commercially available curved matrix electronic 4D probe – eM6C, delivers ultra-fast volume rates, flexible imaging formats, and outstanding resolution.
As they are all high-end systems, newer versions are priced from 25 – 35.000 euros, not including probes. While older BT versions are considered more mid-range systems, and are therefore typically priced form 15 – 25.000 euros.
Remember that probes and sometimes specific options and accessories needs to be added to the price. And of course the E6 cost a little less than the E8, which again cost less than the E10. If they are all comparable in BT versions.
The GE Voluson E series is very popular and all models are providing good imaging. However, GE Voluson E6 is a scaled-down version of the E8, with fewer channels on the beamformer. Because of this key difference, some options and probes are not available on the E6.
If you do OB/GYN examinations in a clinic or small to medium size hospital, both of these systems will be a good choice. Nevertheless, if you have a bigger hospital with a heavy workload, then the Voluson E10 might be the right choice.
If you would like to learn more about ultrasound pricing you can read our blog post on that specific topic or read our ultrasound guide for more comprehensive information and a guide to picking a model.
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