TOP 5 ULTRASOUND MACHINES FOR CARDIAC EXAMINATIONS
New models of ultrasound machines appear on the market every year. Most of them differ from their predecessors just by the name. Though some really offer novelties in ultrasound diagnostics and thus deserve a reputation of reliable and high-quality devices lasting for years. This applies especially to devices meant for specialized examinations. In this article, we will review top 5 ultrasound machines, which will become ultimate in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases.
1. Vivid E95, GE Healthcare (USA)
The precise confocal imaging and adaptive contrast enhancement technologies, providing the highest quality image, are the main advantages of this device. The first technology ensures uniform focusing and improved contrast resolution for the entire viewing area, and the second one provides the possibility of simultaneous viewing of images, taken during one heart contraction, in three dimensions. This ultrasound machine is also equipped with a powerful software technology which allows forming a cSound ultrasonic beam and thus improving heart structures detailing and image quality in the near-field view zone. Additionally, the instrument includes 4D Strain option which is able to calculate the myocardial deformation degree.
2. Siemens Acuson S2000 (Germany)
This is a versatile ultrasound machine, which basic system version allows all types of examination, including cardiovascular. The device employs the latest IN Focus real time coherent imaging technology, which allows getting excellent 2D and 3D image quality thanks to entire depth dynamic focusing. It was also possible to achieve tissue contrast adaptive amplification utilizing a cutting-edge 3D Dynamic TCE technology: organs and structures contours are more precise; low noise level; improved tissue differentiation. It is also possible to significantly expand the system functionality by installing additional options. Particularly, Auto Left Heart software option calculates central hemodynamics values, and with the help of Arterial Health Package technology, it is possible to assess cardiovascular diseases risks based on the carotid arteries “intima-media” complex measurement.
3. Toshiba Aplio 300 (Japan)
The system of this ultrasound machine is sufficiently flexible and can be easily expanded to conduct specialized examinations. However, the basic package of options also provides high-efficiency operation and excellent performance. The excellent image quality is ensured by advanced visualization, tissue harmonics differentiation, imaging smoothing and small details distinction technologies utilization. More specialized technology is available for more thorough cardiovascular examinations. The Wall Motion Tracking function is worth noting in particular. It allows measuring myocardial deformation various parameters and conducting calculations and assessment of results, employing the ultrasound machine itself.
4. Toshiba Aplio Artida (Japan)
This device offers exceptional opportunities for diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. New system parameters, providing the function of myocardial motion monitoring in 4D modes, allow receiving 3D heart images in only one cardiac cycle in several dimensions and conducting a more detailed and quality analysis of organ functions.
This ultrasound machine optimized system provides the opportunity of diagnosing cardiovascular diseases in early stages. In addition, SmartSlice function allows easy adjustment of the data flow and image positioning.
5. Philips Epiq 7 (Netherlands)
The ultrasound machine of this kind is a premium class instrument of superior quality. The latest technology, making the system unique in the market of ultrasound instruments, is the principal advantage of this device. We are talking about xMATRIX technology which allows switching between all the modes utilizing a single sensor, and thus making the device a unique instrument providing the full set of advanced ultrasonic sensors support. The unique technology nSIGHT, offering a new approach to ultrasound image formation on the pixel level, is also worth noting. The instrument employs a new high-pitched beam former and a powerful data recording system in order to achieve the highest resolution at each point of an image and for a huge amount of ultrasound data parallel processing. Real Time iSCAN function ensures optimal image quality by automatic improvement of total amplification and image depth intensification in particular. In addition to all that, it becomes possible to significantly simplify images analysis thanks to multimodal DICOM-data integrated support. Such data are received via CT imaging, MRI and mammography methods and can be viewed on the screen of the device. The results of current and previous examinations can also be compared without using any additional equipment.