Equipping your clinic with a veterinary ultrasound machine is the first step towards a more accurate and prompt diagnosis, facilitating an easier and speedier recovery for your furry patients. Or maybe you already have an ultrasound system and want to upgrade it to better manage your diagnostic requirements. Either way, choosing the right machine for your budget is easier said than done.
The increasing demand for ultrasound imaging has led to the availability of a broad span of ultrasound machines that cater to a variety of requirements in terms of capabilities, features, applications, technology, imaging type, and budget, among many other aspects. Add to this diverse collection, the comprehensive array of machines available in varying sizes and portability levels, ranging from cart-based and portable machines to laptop-based devices and small hand-held scanners and the permutations and combinations of available equipment increase exponentially. The wide extent of equipment options available can be confounding, making it slightly challenging to zero in on the right machine for your budget
Before buying an ultrasound machine, a basic understanding of its technical specifications and what they mean is key. Frequency determines how deeply the ultrasound’s waves penetrate. Higher frequency, in the 10 to 16 MHz range, has lower penetration for more superficial images. Lower frequency, in the 1 to 2 MHz range, has deeper penetration. Lower power output is better for the skin, as higher power output may damage the tissues. You also have numerous imaging types to look for, including CW Doppler, 3D and 4D options, DICOM, and color Dopple
If you’re shopping for a veterinary ultrasound machine, you certainly don’t want to overpay or buy features that you will not use. In the same vein, you don’t want to spend good money on an ultrasound of lower quality, one that may be unreliable and need to be replaced in two-to-three years with little-to-no resale or trade-in value. The cost of your ultrasound will ultimately depend on how you intend to use it:
If you are looking for a basic ultrasound to get started, what are the must haves?
Do you need a more capable system for performing cardiology exams?
Do you need a portable system or is a console system a better solution?
Regardless of what I am getting, what are my training requirements?
Features of Veterinary Ultrasound Machine
Portable systems allow great versatility, both within your hospital and outside. Portable systems require much less space and are easy to maneuver between exam rooms, treatment areas, and the surgery suite – easier access to better medicine. Portable systems tend to be slightly less expensive, but it wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say that they’re less sophisticated; and a high-end portable system with multiple transducers would certainly cost more than an entry-level console system with one transducer.
Uses/benefits of Veterinary Ultrasound Machine
Veterinarians employ a variety of imaging technologies in diagnosing and treating animals. In addition to ultrasound, vets use x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Which technology a vet chooses depends on his or her particular needs. Ultrasound is a popular choice due to its non-invasive nature and the fact it has no side effects. In addition, it offers quick results at a lower cost than many other imaging options. Veterinarians often use ultrasound to evaluate organs and diagnose medical issues like bladder stones. Ultrasounds of the heart help diagnose any issues with blood flow or heart problems. The same way doctors use ultrasound to guide certain procedures with their human patients, vets apply the technology on their animal patients during biopsies or when obtaining urine directly from the bladder.
Simple and easy image management function, reports can be printed and output
Perfect for small animals like cat,dog use
Veterinary ultrasound scanner with 10.1 inch LCD display
Can be connected with video printer, ink-jet printer, laser printer
Multi-frequency micro convex probe (2.0/ 2.5/3.5/4.0/5.0 MHz.) The center frequency is 3.5Mhz