The Siemens Acuson S family is a popular ultrasound line and includes the Acuson S3000, S2000, and S1000.

These systems are quite similar, and thus, some people have difficulty telling them apart and deciding which one to get.

Luckily, it is rather simple. At least it can be, if you know what your needs are.

In this blog post, we will outline the main similarities and differences of the models, including an explanation of HELX vs. non-HELX systems.

Are you busy?

Then just check the table that explains the differences in options between the three systems.

The Siemens Acuson S Family

The Siemens Acuson S family is at the top of the line of Siemens ultrasounds and it contains:

  • S1000/S1000 HELX
  • S2000/S2000 HELX
  • S2000 ABVS
  • S3000/S3000 HELX

All the members of the S family are high-quality, versatile systems that can be used for a wide range of examinations.

Moreover, they have many features in common and are compatible with several of the same probes.

Then, what sets them apart?

The main thing is that the number of options that are standard differ, and more advanced options are available on the S2000 and the S3000.

Additionally, they were launched in different years:

  • S1000 in 2012
  • S2000 in 2008
  • S2000 ABVS in 2009
  • S3000 in 2012
  • Touchscreen-based S1000 HELX, S2000 HELX, and S3000 HELX in 2015

So, let us dig into the details a little bit.

Acuson S1000 ultrasound system

Acuson S1000


Acuson S1000

Firstly, the S1000/S1000 HELX is an affordable entry level ultrasound with dedicated focus on vascular and shared-service operations.

If you need a solid system that can handle a range of exams, but do not need anything too specialized, then the S1000 is for you.

This system produces images of great quality and its intelligent workflow technologies are designed to confidently meet your daily imaging needs.

You can expect an excellent performance from the system.



Acuson S2000

Siemens Acuson S2000

Acuson S2000

The most popular member of the S family is the S2000/S2000 HELX.

This ultrasound machine focuses on general imaging and women’s healthcare, and comes with automated protocols, Virtual Touch™ technologies, HD transducers, and 3D total breast ultrasound.

And what does Virtual Touch do?

The Siemens Virtual Touch Technology provides an innovative way of evaluating tissue stiffness for the Shear Wave Elastography applications.

You can learn more about the clinical benefits of ultrasound elastography in Siemens’ video.

If you want to meet the increasing demands of dense breast imaging, consider the S2000 ABVS (Automated Breast Volume Scanner).

It is a 3D total breast ultrasound that helps healthcare professionals to be efficient.

And it consistently identifies lesions or other areas of concern in fatty and dense breast tissue.



Acuson S3000

Acuson S3000

Acuson S3000

The last and most recent member of the S family is the Acuson S3000/S3000 HELX.

It is a premium system that has been designed for general imaging and interventional radiology.

So why is this a premium system?

It delivers excellent images, superior workflow, and new innovative technological solutions, such as eSieFusion™ Imaging, and eSieGuide™ Needle Tracking – none of these are available on the S1000 or the S2000.

Therefore, the Acuson S3000 with the HELX upgrade is the most advanced system you can acquire from the S family.


For an easy overview of the standard and optional features we have referred to, see the table below:

Feature MigrationAcuson S1000Acuson S2000Acuson S3000
HD Hardware PerformanceOptionOptionOption
Harmonic ImagingOptionOptionOption
Contrast Pulse SequencingOptionOptionOption
Data Transfer to VueBox™ Quantification ToolboxOptionOptionOption
Data transfer to Nuance™ Powerscribe360 | ReportingOptionOptionStandard
ASSC with ColorOptionOptionStandard
Wireless DICOM ReportingOptionOptionStandard
Multi-modality ReviewOptionOptionStandard
18L6 HD TransducerOptionOptionOption
7CF1 & MC9-4 TransducersOptionOptionOption
Virtual TouchTMQuantificationOptionOption
Virtual Touch™ ImagingOptionOption
Virtual Touch™ IQOptionOption
8C3 HD TransducerOptionOption
eSieFusion™ ImagingOption
eSieGuide™ Needle TrackingOption
3D Total Breast UltrasoundOption


And what are the benefits of the HELX upgrade?

Finally, we would like to determine the benefits that come with the touch screen-based ultrasounds Acuson S3000 HELX, S2000 HELX, and S1000 HELX.

In 2015, with the aim of improving the usability of high-end ultrasounds, Siemens Healthcare debuted the HELX Evolution with Touch Control upgrade for its Acuson S family of ultrasounds.

The systems have been designed with a dedicated focus on user experience, including workflow efficiency, imaging performance, and sustainability.

Furthermore, the hardware and software upgrade for the Siemens Acuson S3000, S2000, and S1000 adds features, such as a simplified user interface, a touchscreen display, improved probes, image quality enhancements, and other configuration options.

From the HELX systems you can expect:

  • SieStream HD architecture
  • Wide screen HD monitor
  • Full screen viewing mode

What will this mean for you?

More detailed images as the SieStream HD architecture delivers high definition imaging with high density array transducers to the HD monitors.

Combined with the full screen viewing mode it offers a great overview of the high-quality images.


Conclusion (Which One to Get):

As stated, the most advanced system in the S family is the Acuson S3000 HELX.

But it is also the most expensive one.

If you do not need the extra, advanced options that the Acuson S3000 offers, it will be just as good to get either the S2000 or the S1000, depending on the needs you have.

The systems we have mentioned in this blog post are always in stock and now we also offer them fully refurbished.

If you would like more information, you are welcome to contact us on, our team will be happy to help you.

To get a comprehensive overview of ultrasound machines, read our ultimate guide.

Lastly, would you like to know how to estimate the price of ultrasound systems?

Then read our blog post that serves as an ultrasound price guide

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