As the blog posts on A.M.E. Ultrasounds have developed, we’ve been working to create a succession of blog series’. Included in these series’ is our popular “How it Works”, “Understanding Ultrasounds” and “Ultrasounds Made Easy”. This blog article, however, is part of the “Ultimate Ultrasound Machine Guide” – a series that discusses some of the most premier, popular and cutting edge ultrasound systems and compares the units. This article will be the fourth in this educational series.
Previously we’ve discussed popular GE, Philips and Samsung ultrasound machines – and in this article we’re going back to GE to discuss two incredibly popular and powerful systems: The GE Logiq E9 and the GE Vivid E9. These two machines have much in common, but contain enough fundamental differences that it is important learn about each machine independently, in addition to their relation to one another.
GE originally was renown for their ultrasound machines that specialized in general imaging and radiology. As competition mounted, and other manufacturers began competing with GE in the ultrasound market, GE began to invest in creating various ultrasound series’, each one specializing in a particular type of imaging.
The GE Logiq series was the first and original ultrasound series, and therefore contains the most machines out of the rest of the series’. The GE Logiq ultrasound machines are almost exclusively used for general imaging and radiology. They are known and respected for being extremely versatile in application potential, but do not provide the same exquisite imagery as specialized systems do for their forte.
The GE Vivid series is just as proficient in cardiac and vascular applications as the Logiq series is versatile in it’s many applications. The GE Vivid series, very possibly a response to many Philips ultrasound systems (which are all respected for their cardio-vascular specialty) is GE’s specialty series that designed specifically for cardiac applications. Although capable of projecting images for other applications, including small parts, musculoskeletal, and abdominal images, they aren’t nearly intricate and advanced as the Vivid’s ability to translate cardiovascular images.
GE Logiq E9 Ultrasound Machine
GE Logiq E9:
Now that we have a basic idea of what to expect from the GE Logiq ultrasound systems, we can begin to discuss the Logiq E9. This machine is one of the most advanced, reliable and popular machines that GE engineered for a few reasons: Technological capabilities, versatility in applications, probe compatibility and ergonomics / design.
One of the most appreciated and popular technological features that the Logiq E9 is equipped with 3D/4D ultrasound imaging. 3D/4D imaging is most commonly employed during OB-GYN exams to inspect and examine fetal development.
ScanAssist, one of the most helpful technologies for diagnosticians and sonographers, automatically completes tasks that would normally divert the doctor’s attention, including automatically steering the color doppler, initiating and completing required measurements, and more.
As mentioned earlier, the GE Logiq ultrasound series specialize in general imaging. General Imaging usually implies versatility regarding the machine’s ability to project images for various applications. The only critique for general imaging systems is that while the machine may be adaptable – it doesn’t create exceptionalimaging.
This concern came to an abrupt halt when GE released the Logiq E9. Specializing in OB-GYN, abdominal, small parts, musculoskeletal, transcranial doppler, cardiac, vascular and urological applications – the Logiq E9 is known for providing premier images for all of these applications and more!
The GE Logiq E9 is compatible with many of the most advanced GE ultrasound transducers available – including single crystal transducers, 3D/4D probes, TEE (transesophageal) and continuous wave doppler probes. Other compatible transducers include linear probes, curved array, micro convex array, endocavitary, sector / phased array, and TEE probes.
GE Vivid E9
The Vivid E9, relative to the Logiq E9, is much more limited in terms of application diversity. It does, however, project higher quality cardiovascular ultrasound images than nearly any other system available. Similar in pricing to the Logiq E9, and able to project images for other applications (though not nearly as well as it’s cardiac / vascular potential), this machine is much more popular amongst specialist rather than general diagnosticians.
The Vivid E9 is equipped with potential for 3D/4D technology for cardiovascular applications, as well as GE’s advanced XMatrix system software. It also includes ScanAssist, a feature that contributes strongly to the Logiq E9’s popularity. It also includes Accelerated Volume Architecture, which results in faster processing times and more patient data via increased volume size, resolution, and rate.
The Vivid E9 is best known for it’s cardiovascular potential, including 3D/4D images, stress tests, TEE imaging, and more. Aside from the cardiovascular applications, however, the Vivid E9 can also project images for abdominal, transcranial doppler, musculoskeletal, small parts and OB-GYN imaging (in much more limited capacity, though).
The Vivid E9 is compatible with many types of ultrasound probes and transducers including sector / phased array cardiac transducers, linear array probes, TEE probes, matrix transducers, curved array transducers and intraoperative probes. The variety of probes emphasizes all the potential imaging that the Vivid E9 can do. The most advanced transducers, however, are all cardiac transducers – something that once again emphasizes the Vivid E9’s cardiovascular versatility.
There is always the concern, particularly when it comes to medical equipment, regarding the safety of the devices and the potential side effects that occur as a result of employing these machines.
It is important to know that ultrasound machines are known to be completely harmless. They function through the utilization of sound waves emitting from the probe or transducer. These sound waves are then translated into images by the ultrasound machine or system. There is no need to fear when using ultrasound machines – it is a quick, easy and efficient way to diagnose and help determine a patient’s ails.
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