Let’s start with Siemens. In general, Siemens ultrasounds are suitable for a wide range of clinical settings.
It can be difficult to categorize Siemens series based on their ultrasound applications. Therefore, we did it based on their capabilities – if they are high-end, mid-range, or entry level ultrasounds. We also listed the portable ones seperately.
On the secondary market, there are two series readily available – Acuson X- and S-series.
The Acuson X-series
The Acuson X-series covers entry and mid-range segment of ultrasounds.
By default, these systems are all general imaging ultrasounds. Therefore, they can perform ultrasound applications such as:
OB/GYN, vascular, abdominal, small parts (breast, thyroid, etc.), MSK/Anesthesiology, and urology examinations.
All of them can be upgraded to shared service systems, although you need additional hardware and software to do so.
So, if your budget is limited and you want a versatile ultrasound that delivers high quality images, a model from the Acuson X series could be an option.
The Acuson S-series
Next is the Siemens Acuson S-series. This is a line of high-end ultrasound machines. The series contains the Acuson S1000, S2000, and S3000.
It is a versatile series as these models are recommended for general imaging, breast imaging, and OB/GYN. However, some of these applications require extra software options.
Additionally, these models have recently come with HELX and HELX Touch upgrades. This update ensures even higher imaging quality.
Another high-end system from Siemens is the Acuson SC2000. This ultrasound does not belong to any of the series we mention above. Nevertheless, if you are specifically looking for a cardiac ultrasound, this system would be a great option. It is dedicated to cardiovascular applications.
Have you heard of Acuson Sequoia, Redwood, or Juniper, also from Siemens?
These are some of the premium ultrasounds developed by Siemens. According to Siemens, these systems are ‘delivering a new era of imaging excellence’.
We have not yet seen Sequoia and Redwood on the secondary market. However, the Siemens Acuson Juniper is becoming more readily available as used, for a budget-friendly price.
Another strong player in the ultrasound market is GE Healthcare. Their ultrasound machines have been a favourite choice of our customers for years. GE makes it easy to categorize their ultrasounds, as they base their lines on applications.
Their series are Voluson, Logiq, Vivid, Venue, and Versana, all consisting of great ultrasound models.
Another serie, Logiq, specializes in general imaging. Therefore, it has great technologies for imaging within radiology, breast, interventional, and more. Hence, Logiq ultrasounds can help you accommodate a wide range of examinations.
Next, we will introduce the categorization typical for Philips. This brand offers a wide range of ultrasounds for all applications.
Their goal is to bring innovative solutions to all clinical environments, regardless of complexity. And thus, you can find ultrasound systems from Philips for all standard applications, such as general imaging, cardiology, vascular, OB/GYN and others.
Philips categorizes its ultrasound similarly to Siemens. They divide the systems into entry, mid-range and high-end ultrasounds.
The ClearVue Series
The entry-level Philips is the ClearVue family. This series includes systems such as the Clearvue 350, 550, 650, and Clearvue 850.
These economy systems deliver strong standard features, important for the physician and their patients. The ClearVue family enhances your workflow and offers a variety of applications across many clinical settings.
The Affiniti Series
The next series from Philips is Affinity, which includes mid-range ultrasounds such as the Affiniti 30, Affiniti 50, and Affinity 70.
These systems provide great image quality and give you the results you need to stay ahead. The Affiniti family comes with an ergonomic design and small footprint, which allow you to work more intuitively and comfortably.
The Epiq Series
And what is the high-end ultrasound series from Philips? That is the Epiq series.
Systems belonging to the Epiq family are Epiq 5 and Epiq 7. These premium ultrasounds bring a premium level of clinical performance and meet the challenges of today’s most demanding general imaging examinations.
Additionally, Philips also provides portable ultrasound – the CX50 – that is meant for general imaging.
You may be asking, what about Philips iU22 and iE33?
These systems belong to the high-end ultrasound Philips family. Their capabilities are comparable to those of Epiq ultrasounds.
However, the iU22 and iE33 are no longer in production. As well as the HD series and the portable CX30, they were replaced with newer models. They are, however, still very popular in the pre-owned market.
In general, it is easy to operate Philips’ ultrasounds.
Furthermore, you can upgrade them with additional clinical features and probes as you need. This way the system can evolve with you over time.
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The last from the ultrasound machine brands we will talk about is Canon Medical (former Toshiba). As the previously mentioned brands, Canon provides excellent image quality to ensure accurate diagnosis in all medical settings.
Canon’s product portfolio consists of two different ultrasound families: Aplio and Xario. The Aplio and Xario series include standard ultrasounds that can be divided into categories based on their performance.
The Xario Series
The Xario series consists of entry-level systems such as Xario 200, 200g, 100g, and 100 MX. These are budget-friendly ultrasounds that deliver good image quality.
When the Aplio series was launched in 2011, it meant a huge leap forward in Canon’s ultrasound imaging, due to the inclusion of impressive features. Since then, the Aplio family developed even further, including series such as the Aplio i (Aplio i600, i700, i800, and i900) as well as Aplio a (Aplio a450 and a550).
These are the top of the line Canon ultrasounds.
They provide crystal-clear images, outstanding clinical accuracy and increase the productivity of any medical department.
Finally, Canon also produces portable ultrasound – Viamo c100.
Canon designed their ultrasounds for general imaging, hence, you can use them in all standard applications, such as:
OB/GYN, vascular, abdominal, small parts (breast, thyroid, etc.), MSK/Anesthesiology, and urology.
Sum Up: Ultrasound Machine Brands and their Series
We hope that it is now clear how the different brands categorize their ultrasound. Just to sum it up:
While GE categorizes them based on their applications, Siemens, Philips, and Canon divide them into series based on their advancements – high-end, mid-range, and entry-level.
To give you an idea of how the different series from these ultrasound machine brands compare to each other, see the matrix that shows general imaging ultrasounds below.
Keep in mind that we only present ultrasounds available on the secondary market.
What is Next?
If you would like to learn even more about ultrasounds, you can sign up for our ultrasound e-mail course. In multiple e-mails, this course will guide you through several themes related to your next ultrasound purchase.