What to Look for When Buying an Ultrasound Machine
Ultrasound machines are advancing in their level of technology and use. More and more, medical professionals are turning to them as a diagnostic and lifesaving tool. An ultrasound machine is a highly technical, sophisticated, and expensive machine. For any hospital or clinic, it is a big investment and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Know what you need before going into it, do some research, and learn what to look for when buying an ultrasound machine. Like any consumer product, they do the same job, but they all have different features and capabilities that suit your needs or don’t.
Is it within the budget?
Price is usually the first thing that anyone looks at when purchasing anything—it’s human nature. Rare is the business or person that has an unlimited budget and can buy whatever they want with no cost considerations. If you are working within the constraints of a budget, figure out what it is first, then proceed. Know if you are going to buy or lease, buy new or used, and if you will want a maintenance plan with the machine. Approach it like you would buying a car; there are things to consider when it comes to the dollars and cents.
Will it suit your needs?
If you plan on using your new ultrasound machine in the emergency room, you’ll need a different type than if you need it in an examination room. Knowing what you need the ultrasound machine to do and how you will use it is probably a more important decision than the cost. Think about where you’ll put the machine, who will use it, and how it will help patients. Further, consider the amount of care the machine requires. Ultrasounds that are small and portable have a different level of care than the full-size ones on wheels. There is no point in buying a machine if it isn’t going to fill your needs and do the job.
What kind of features do you want?
The technology in these machines today is quickly advancing. Manufacturers are making them with AI, 4D imaging, and all kinds of bells and whistles. As such, take the time to look at a variety of brand names, and prepare to hear a list of options and features for each machine. For example, the GE Logiq E9 boasts new ergonomic transducers, but you can mount the Philips CX50 in various locations around the facility to improve workflow. Try to sort through them and determine what you can’t live without and what are just nice-to-have’s.