Portable Ultrasound Machines

The use of portable ultrasound on the rise both due the availability of used machines at a fraction of their original cost and due to the huge improvements in portable ultrasound image quality over the last few years. Buying a used portable ultrasound machine from a reputable medical equipment dealer offers substantial savings over buying new. Our preowned portable ultrasound machines are fully reconditioned and guaranteed to perform at the manufacturers original specifications. We carry a large selection of portable, and wheeled ultrasound systems for performing cardiac, vascular and OB/GYN studies. We also carry a full line of 3D and 4D Ultrasound Machines. Be sure you check our selection of Imaging Equipment and used medical equipment. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

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Portable Ultrasound Machines Questions & Answers

A portable ultrasound machine is simply a leaner, meaner version of the typical console-style medical imaging machine that uses ultrasound for making diagnoses in clinical, laboratory, and hospital settings. Some can be carried around by hand, and there are wheeled versions as well. Many have a battery-powered option, making them useful in military, field, and emergency situations.
The very first portable ultrasound machine was available commercially in the mid 1970s. However, portable ultrasound machines were not widely distributed until the early 1980s, with even more portable, smaller, battery-powered versions arriving on the scene in the late 1990s. The first units to be brought bedside were used by OB/GYN physicians and private practices.
Small handheld units are now available at prices that can be afforded by individual doctors and used as a diagnostic tool during their face-to-face interactions with patients. There are even home handheld units available to the general public.
Portable ultrasound systems, whether carried by hand or wheeled, are used for doing cardiac, vascular, radiology, endocrinology, pediatric, and OB/GYN studies. They are available in 3D and 4D versions. Portable ultrasound machines are particularly useful in settings with limited space or where being mobile is critical. In the field, the portable devices are very helpful for use by military and emergency medical services personnel.
The primary advantage of the portable ultrasound machine is its portability. Because you can take the machine to the patient, rather than the other way around, it is a highly useful tool in making quick diagnoses, as well as sharing images with patients on the spot. Congruently, if the doctor is doing the ultrasound, rather than a technician, results and information can be discussed as the ultrasound is happening, rather than waiting for a doctor to receive a report. For these reasons, while a bedside ultrasound can’t completely replace a full-scale ultrasound done by a trained technician, it can be a very valuable tool for physicians.
In addition, portable machines can easily be relocated as necessary to function in a variety of situations, including technician and lab settings, as well as clinical and hospital settings.
Portable and console ultrasound machines each have their role, and each is valued for its particular function. Portable ultrasound machines are quicker to use and can be useful in doing bedside and field studies, but they should not be relied upon to completely replace a full ultrasound examination. Their convenience and ease, particularly when the doctor is doing the exam and is there to be questioned in person at the time of the ultrasound exam, is an added benefit of the portable units. And their use in the field by military and emergency medical personnel is inarguably lifesaving. Often portable ultrasound machines are used as a first step to a more full scale ultrasound examination by a trained technician.
Once available only to hospitals and labs with large budgets, the portable ultrasound machines are now more accessible due to an increase in the refurbished or used market. Purchasing a used portable ultrasound machine can result in substantial savings for a smaller clinic or practice and can be a great convenience and shortcut to diagnosis and treatment. Just make sure that you are working with a reputable dealer.