Used Ultrasound Machines
You can buy used ultrasound machines from all the major brands at LBN Medical. We provide systems for cardio, vascular, general imaging, OB/GYN (4D), portables, and much more.
We have 15 years of experience in the market, and our used ultrasound systems are always tested at our facility, to ensure that our customers get high-quality products. Additionally, we provide a selection of Refurbished Ultrasound Machines.
If you would like some input regarding probes, prices, important specifications, or more, check out our Key Points.
Below is a selection of used ultrasound machines for sale, however, we always have additional systems incoming. Therefore, please contact us regarding availability, by e-mail, contact form, or phone at: +45 96 886 500
Key Points When Investing in Used Ultrasound Machines
There are several things that you need to consider when you are about to invest in refurbished or used ultrasound machines. Therefore, we have highlighted some important aspects and described the following key points:
Ultrasound Machine Applications
Medical ultrasound systems can be also called sonography machines. It is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate live images. Therefore, ultrasound is non-ionizing radiation, in contrast to examinations with; for instance, X-ray or CT. Hereby it an examinations that does not harm to the tissues.
Healthcare professionals use it in a number of clinical settings, that we have grouped below – some uses are found in more than one group.
Click each category to learn more.
Abdominal ultrasound is used to examine the internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. Additionally, it is possible to examine some of the blood vessels supplying these organs, like the aorta. Abdominal ultrasounds are performed for a number of reasons. For instance, to find the cause of abdominal pain, kidney infections, diagnose tumours, or to look for gallstones, or kidney stones.
Ultrasound examinations show the muscles, tendons, and surface of the bones, but has difficulty penetrating bone. Therefore, it is used to diagnose tears in tendons or muscles, sprains or tears of ligaments, or other changes in these tissues.
Small parts cover the thyroid, breast, and scrotum. These types of ultrasound exams are often performed to investigate a palpable enlargement or lump. The examination determines the location of the lump and whether it is a cyst or a soft tissue nodule. Furthermore, they are used to guide needle biopsies.
Ultrasound examinations of the urological system are evaluating kidneys, bladder, the urinary tract, and, in men, the prostate. It enables the assessment of the shape and size of the different organs, and detection of kidney stones, cysts, and other abnormalities.
Ultrasound examinations performed of the vascular system, the veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound allows the assessment of blood flow in most parts of the body. Hereby, healthcare professionals can identify thrombosis, aneurysms, or other abnormalities.
Within gynaecology ultrasound systems are used to produce images of the organs of the female pelvis, including the uterus, vagina, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It can be transabdominal or endovaginal. It is performed to assess the size, shape, and position of the orgnas, thickness of the tissues, and to look for masses, or other types of abnormalities.
In obstetrics the use of ultrasound exams include the confirmation of pregnancy, determining the gestational age, location of the placenta, and the diagnosis of a number of foetal malformations.
Abdominal ultrasound is used to examine the internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. It is also possible to examine some of the blood vessels supplying these organs, like the aorta. They are performed for a number of reasons, including finding the cause of abdominal pain, kidney infections, diagnose tumours, or to look for gallstones and kidney stones.
Cardiac ultrasound is also called echocardiogram. It is used to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart and to examine the associated vessels. Furthermore, there are more specialised examinations including contrast echocardiogram, that is more invasive as the contrast solution is injected, and transoesophageal echocardiogram.
Cardiac ultrasounds are performed for a variety of reasons, to evaluate a heart murmur, to look for clots or changes in the structure of the heart, the valve or the surroundings, and to assess motion or blood flow.
Ultrasound examinations performed of the vascular system, the veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound allows the assessment of blood flow in most parts of the body. Hereby, it allows for identification of thrombosis, aneurysms, and other abnormalities.
Ultrasound examinations are frequently used for guided needle biopsies. This allows a visual of the needle and the tissue that is examined, hereby, offering increased precision. It is often used for breast, lymph node, and liver biopsies.
Paediatric and neonatal
Paediatric and neonatal use of ultrasound are similar to that of the adult, in the different medical specialties. In neonatal it is also often used to produce pictures of the brain and examine the cerebrospinal fluid. Furthermore, ultrasound examinations can in some cases replace X-ray in small children.
A transcranial ultrasound is also called an echoencephalogram. It produces images of the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. Ultrasound waves does not easily penetrate bone, and therefore, this is most common in infants. In adults the most common is a transcranial Doppler examination that shows the blood flow through the major vessels of the brain. For instance, it is used to diagnose emboli, stenosis or other vascular abnormalities, and to monitor the blood flow during surgery.
Some ultrasound systems function in a wide range of the mentioned applications, therefore, these are said to have shared use.
When you are looking to buy ultrasound machines it is important to keep in mind that the different systems have different specifications. Therefore, we have listed some of the key features you should pay attention to on both new, refurbished and used ultrasound systems.
The license keys determine the options available on the ultrasound systems. Some are sold as full option, therefore, no license keys are needed. However, most ultrasound systems have the options installed only for the specified use of that particular system, typically one or two. Hereby, more license keys are necessary to unlock more options, like 4D mode.
The ports are where the ultrasound probes are plugged into the ultrasound system. Hereby, the number of ports determines the number of probes that can be attached to the machine simultaneously. This matters if the machine is to have use for different applications, as they would most likely need different probes. Furthermore, not all port connections are identical. Therefore, you should pay attention to compatibility.
The age of the used ultrasound systems is important as older ultrasounds might be missing features or technical specifications that newer system have. GE machines are divided into BT versions that reveal their age, as for instance BT 08 was launched in 2008. However, a used ultrasound machine for sale might be an older version without lacking the specific features that you need. Ask our team if you are in doubt.
The condition of used ultrasound systems may vary greatly, even with products of the same age. It often depends on service and use, and the extent of the general wear and tear of everyday use.
Peripherals, or accessories, are the things that can be brought alongside the ultrasound systems, like biopsy kits, foot stretches or printers. If a colour printer is important for the everyday use, then it is given that one should buy a machine where a colour printer is available.
What Types of Ultrasound Transducers Do I Need?
First of all, it is very important to keep in mind that probes are not compatible with all types of ultrasound systems. Please ask our professional sales team if you need help with matching transducers to your used ultrasound machines.
Footprint and frequency
Probe characteristics are influenced by footprint and frequency. The footprint, also called aperture, is the area that will be in contact with the skin. The frequency is directly related to the penetration depth of the sound waves. The high frequencies are best for superficial examinations and are preferred for guiding vascular access or regional anesthesia. In contrast, the lower frequencies are able to penetrate more tissue allowing examinations of structures located more deeply. However, high frequencies provide better resolution of images than low frequencies.
The shape of the transducer, or the piezoelectric crystal arrangement, determine the optimal use of the probes. The most common are linear, curved, and sector, but there are others as well. See a description of the different shapes below, or click to see more info on ultrasound probes.
Also called curved probes. The footprint is large and the frequency low (2.5 – 5Mhz). The beam shape is convex. Good for in depth examinations, although the image resolution decreases when depth increases.
Therefore, you can use it for abdominal, vascular, nerve, musculoskeletal and GYN/OBS exams.
Furthermore, there is a subtype called micro convex with a much smaller footprint, which is typically used in neonatal and paediatrics.
Also called sector probe. It has a small footprint and low frequency (2 – 8Mhz). It has a narrow beam point, which can expand depending on the applied frequency. The beam shape is almost triangular and the near field resolution is poor.
Typically used for acoustic windows in the cranium or intercostal spaces.
Includes a range of internal ultrasound probes, designed to fit in orifices for specific purposes. For instance, endovaginal, endorectal, and endocavity. They typically have small footprints and the frequency vary in the middle range (3.5 – 11.5Mhz).
The transoesophageal probe produce images of the heart through the oesophagus. Therefore, it also has a small footprint and a middle frequency (3 – 10Mhz)
Additionally, there is a number of probes that are designed for surgical use, like laparoscopic probes.
How Much Do Used Ultrasound Machines Cost?
Of course the price will vary a lot for used ultrasound machines for sale. Prices are dependent on several factors like age, condition, features, and model. Here we are providing an insight by establishing three general ranges of ultrasound prices. They are each described through examples of age, models, and price. If you want to read something that goes more into depth with the subject – check out the blog post: How much does an ultrasound system cost?
All three categories include quality brands like GE, Siemens, Philips, and Toshiba. They are all in good conditions but have different options and features. Therefore, the prices of a used ultrasound machine for sale are mostly dependent on the new price of the systems.
Price range: 10,000 – 20,000€
Are also typically 4 – 7 years old
These ultrasound machines does not have as many options and features as the high-end products, but are solid and quite advanced systems.
From LBN Medical they are often sold with probes.
The price from new is typically 50,000 – 80,000€
Price range: 20,000 – 40,000€
They are typically 4 – 7 years old ultrasasound machines, in very good condition.
LBN Medical sell these as box-only, with no probes.
The price from new is typically 100,000 – 200,000€
Ultrasound Price Matrix
Check out our video, presenting an ultrasound price matrix, where the price is defined by model of the system, whether it is low-tier, mid-tier, or high-tier systems, and on the condition, whether it is new, refurbished or used.
Difference Between Used, Refurbished, and OEM Refurbished
The main differences between refurbished, OEM refurbished, and used ultrasound machines are the condition and the price. Here we describe the differences between the three terms. For a more thorough explanation see our blog post on the subject.
Used equipment is a broad category. Some companies merely move the systems, and they are sold “as is”. Options and configurations will be the same as the previous owner had. However, at LBN Medical all equipment, including used, is as a minimum cleaned, disinfected, and tested by our professional technicians. Naturally, they repair or replace parts if necessary. Some in the industry may call this refurbished – so always ask what has been done to the system before you buy.
Some call this category “seller refurbished”. It describes a system that has been through a process, that may contain cosmetic aspects, like cleaning and painting, and functionality, like parts replacement and installing options.
However, the companies define the process, so always ask what the used ultrasound machines have been through.
At LBN Medical we do offer refurbished systems. We change parts, paint, add options, and more, but often based on the customer’s specific budget and needs.
OEM Refurbished Equipment
The OEM refurbishment is a complete and heavier process, often ISO certified, and is controlled by the original manufacturer of the system. It is a very detailed process, that includes the replacement of parts and software upgrades. Furthermore, the OEMs only select the best units, with clean service records for refurbishment. Therefore, the OEM refurbished is high quality at an attractive price, and it is a good alternative to new equipment.
LBN Medical offer seller-refurbished equipment and have had ISO certification 13485 since 2009. Partnerships with various OEMs has been a great source of experience and best practice that we apply to all products. In some cases we also offer OEM Refurbished equipment.
In the end, what you should get comes down to needs and your budget. Therefore, many users seek advice from companies like LBN Medical, who are able to provide guidance and offer all three types of imaging equipment. See more about the refurbished and OEM refurbished products that we offer.