Buyer’s Guide for Portable Ultrasound Machines

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Whether you’ve never purchased a portable ultrasound or it’s been a while and you need a refresher, this article is for you. Because we specialize in portable ultrasound sales, we have an in-depth understanding of the different brands and models available and the applications they are suited for. Read on for our buyer’s guide for portable ultrasound machines.



Understanding Portable Ultrasound Machine Types

Portable ultrasounds encompass a few different categories of lightweight ultrasounds that are compact enough to transport throughout a clinic or hospital. The main types of portable ultrasound machines include:


Clamshell Ultrasounds

A clamshell portable ultrasound can fold down vertically. A benefit of such machines is that they have two transducer ports.

Laptop Ultrasounds

These ultrasounds have the form of a laptop computer and the function of an ultrasound, making them easy to carry from place to place.

Tablet Ultrasounds

With the rise of mobile technology, ultrasounds now come in handheld, tablet, and even smartphone models. Tablet ultrasounds are certainly the most portable and lightweight.



Portable Ultrasound Applications

Portable ultrasounds are used extensively throughout medicine but are most heavily relied upon for OB/GYN, MSK, Cardiology, Pain Management, Venous Insufficiency, and Veterinary Care.

Understanding how your medical practice or hospital will be using the portable ultrasound you’re buying is perhaps the most important factor in your purchasing decision. Different machines have different strengths and weaknesses. For example, not many systems are capable of performing echo or comprehensive cardiac imaging at an acceptable level, while MSK and pain management require excellent image quality and cutting-edge features like voice commands.

If you’re purchasing a unit that will be used for a number of different medical specialties, there are also some general, all-purpose models that perform well across a variety of applications. If you’re not sure what you need, our sales team can help you find a match for your application.

Finally, think about the portability factor—just how portable do you need your ultrasound to be for your application? A veterinarian who travels to farms to provide care will need a more portable unit than an OB/GYN practice that is simply wheeling the ultrasound from one examination room to the next.


Portable Ultrasound Pricing

Your budget certainly plays an important role in the portable ultrasound you choose. If your facility has a limited budget, you will have to choose a unit very carefully to ensure that it does what it needs to do at a price point that is practical for you. Decide which features are essential and which you can do without.

You may want to consider purchasing a used portable ultrasound or refurbished portable ultrasound, which can allow you to afford more advanced features that you wouldn’t be able to budget for in a new machine. Refurbished units have been repaired and upgraded, so you can be assured that they perform well. The potential downside of a refurbished or used portable ultrasound is that you will not get a manufacturer’s warranty with your purchase.


Find the Right Portable Ultrasound for Your Needs

If you’re not sure which are the best portable ultrasounds for your applications, our team of ultrasound experts can help. Contact Universal Diagnostic Solutions today to learn more or request a free quote.

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