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Sonosite Buyers Guide

It’s hard to imagine modern medicine without the diagnostic power of ultrasound machines. They are used to image nearly every part of the body (both human and animal) and are versatile enough to fit into every clinical scene, from ER and Trauma units to operating rooms.

Medical professionals needing advanced ultrasound equipment with high-quality clinical performance should look no further than Sonosite.

With over 20 years of experience in the ultrasound space, Sonosite has manufactured ultrasound systems that have revolutionized the healthcare landscape. It is often recognized as one of the best point-of-care ultrasound brands on the market.

This guide introduces the Sonosite brand and six of the company’s best ultrasound models.

About Sonosite

Sonosite helped pioneer the concept of portable, point-of-care ultrasound and continues to be a world-leading manufacturer and innovator of bedside ultrasound machines as well as an industry leader in ultra-high frequency micro-ultrasound technology.

Many of Sonosite’s ultrasound machines have won industry awards, but more importantly, they’ve helped clinicians and hospitals vastly improve the patient experience.

You can find just about every type of ultrasound system on the market within Sonosite’s extensive catalog, including:

  • Cart-based Ultrasound
  • Portable Ultrasound
  • Handheld Ultrasound
  • Shared Service Ultrasound

Sonosite’s collection of ultrasound equipment includes imaging for every medical specialty. Its ultrasound systems support clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Urology
  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Small Parts
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Veterinary

Top 6 Sonosite Ultrasound Machines

Sonosite has been a global ultrasound manufacturer for over 20 years, producing some of the market’s most innovative ultrasound systems to date.

While every machine in Sonosite’s catalog is worth mentioning, this guide highlights six of their best models – the SII, the M-Turbo, the MicroMaxx, the S-ICU, the Edge, and the iVIZ.

Ultrasound Machine Details
SII Price Range: $10,000-$25,000
Type: Wall-mount or cart
Monitor Size: 12.1 inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 2
Controls: Touchscreen
Applications: OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, MSK, Vascular, Cardiac, Abdominal, Breast, Small Parts
Key Features: Touchscreen, 25 second boot time, IVC Collapse Ratio, LA/RA Volume, TAPSE, and Ejection fraction, Direct Clear
M-Turbo Price Range: $10,000-$15,000
Type: Portable, laptop-style
Monitor Size: 10.4 inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 2
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackball
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, MSK, Urology, Vascular, Veterinary, Emergency medicine, Portable
Key Features: M-Mode, PW doppler, CW doppler, Velocity color doppler, SCW doppler, Tissue harmonic imaging, Speckle reduction, Spatial compounding, DICOM 3.1, Auto IMT, Needle recognition, Live dual-mode, Auto optimization
MicroMaxx Price Range: $4,000-$9,000
Type: Portable, laptop-style
Monitor Size: 10.4-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 2
Controls: Buttons, knobs, trackpad
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, MSK, Urology, Vascular, Veterinary, Emergency medicine, Portable
Key Features: M-Mode, PW doppler, CW doppler, Velocity color doppler, SCW doppler, Tissue harmonic imaging, Speckle reduction, Spatial compounding, DICOM 3.1, Auto IMT, Needle recognition, Live dual-mode, Auto optimization
S-ICU Price Range: $10,000-$25,000
Type: Wall-mount or cart
Monitor Size: 10.4-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 1
Controls: Knobs, buttons, trackpad, touchscreen
Applications: Emergency Medicine, MSK, OB-GYN, Vascular, Breast, Anesthesia
Key Features: CW Doppler, Tissue Doppler, M-Mode, Compound Imaging, DICOM, Speckle Reduction
Edge Price Range: $16,000-$24,000
Type: Portable laptop-style
Monitor Size: 12.1-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 1
Controls: Knobs, button, trackpad
Applications: Cardiac, OB/GYN, Emergency medicine, MSK, Vascular, Veterinary
Key Features: M-Mode, Velocity color doppler, Power doppler, PW doppler, CW doppler, Tissue doppler, Tissue harmonic imaging, IMT, Speckle reduction, Compound imaging, DICOM 3.1, Needle recognition, Auto optimization
iVIZ Price Range: $18,000-$27,000
Type: Portable, tablet-style
Monitor Size: 7-inches
Imaging Modes: 2D
Probe Ports: 1
Controls: Touchscreen
Applications: Cardiac, Emergency medicine, MSK, OB/GYN, Vascular, Handheld, Portable
Key Features: M-Mode, Color doppler, CW doppler, Tissue harmonic imaging, Tissue optimization, Zoom capability, Dynamic range and gain, ColorHD

Sonosite SII

Sonosite SII Ultrasound on a stand

Key Features:

  • Touchscreen
  • 25 second boot time
  • M-Mode
  • Multiple Doppler modes (Color, PW, CW)
  • DICOM compatibility

The Sonosite SII is a shared service ultrasound machine that can be used on a cart or mounted to the wall to increase floor space in your exam room. It supports clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Emergency Medicine
  • MSK
  • Vascular
  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Small Parts

The SII is powered by Sonosite’s patented DirectClear technology. This novel process elevates transducer performance to provide deeper penetration and sharper detail resolution.

The device’s touchscreen and adaptable user interface allow for easy navigation when switching between imaging modes and saving patient scans.

Additionally, the Sonosite SII is equipped with several advanced cardiac imaging features, including IVC Collapse Ratio, LA/RA Volume, TAPSE, and Ejection fraction. Using these tools, clinicians can monitor heart function and detect abnormalities accurately and confidently.

Sonosite M-Turbo

Sonosite M-Turbo ultrasound machine

Key Features:

  • M-Mode
  • Tissue Harmonic Imaging
  • Speckle Reduction
  • Spatial Compounding
  • Needle Recognition for precise needle and catheter placements
  • DICOM 3.1 compatibility

The Sonosite M-Turbo is a portable ultrasound machine that can be easily transported in and out of exams and between distant clinical locations.

While the Sonosite M-Turbo performs particularly well in emergency room and critical care situations, it is a shared service ultrasound with additional clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Urology
  • Vascular
  • Veterinary
  • Emergency Medicine

For a machine of its size, the Sonosite M-Turbo packs a punch when it comes to advanced imaging capabilities. Its array of advanced features includes Tissue Harmonic imaging – a signal processing technique that provides better quality images than conventional ultrasound systems.

The Sonosite M-Turbo also has several advanced Doppler modes so clinicians can visualize and measure patient blood flow metrics with precision. Its Doppler modes include:

  • Pulsed-Wave (PW) Doppler
  • Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler
  • Velocity Color Doppler
  • Steerable Continuous-Wave (SCW) doppler

Experienced clinicians understand that when it comes to portable equipment, durability is critical since regularly mobile devices are prone to drops and accidents. The Sonosite M-Turbo’s rugged exterior provides excellent system protection and passes military drop tests with ease.

Sonosite MicroMaxx

Sonosite MicroMaxx Ultrasound machine

Key Features:

  • M-Mode
  • 15 second boot time
  • 2X pan/zoom
  • Dual Imaging
  • Integrated speakers
  • 1GB compact flash card

The Sonosite MicroMaxx is a portable ultrasound machine with a lightweight briefcase-style design ideal for frequent transport in and out of exam rooms and between distant clinical locations.

Despite its small, ultra-compact design, the Sonosite MicroMaxx is a fully shared service ultrasound machine that supports clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Small parts
  • Vascular
  • Venous
  • Abdominal
  • OB/GYN
  • Breast
  • Anesthesia

The Sonosite MicroMaxx is highly regarded for its durability, ease of use, and fast processing speeds. The device has a 15-second boot time and an intuitive user interface that makes navigation during patient exams a breeze.

Distinguishing features in the Sonosite MicroMaxx include dual imaging and 2X pan/zoom. Using dual imaging, clinicians can compare side-by-side patient scans for robust diagnostic and follow-up exams. The 2X pan/zoom feature magnifies the image by 100% while maintaining sharp image resolution.

Sonosite S-ICU

Sonosite S-ICU ultrasound front and back

Key Features:

  • Lightweight (8.35 lbs)
  • M-Mode
  • Compound Imaging
  • Speckle Reduction
  • DICOM compatibility

The S-ICU is Sonosite’s premiere ultrasound machine designed specifically to meet the demand of Intensive Care Units (ICUs). It is configurable on a cart, wall-mount, or IV pole and supports clinical applications for:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Breast
  • Anesthesia

The Sonosite S-ICU’s carefully crafted design makes it an ideal device for weathering hectic ICU environments. For instance, it has a sealed interface that can be easily wiped and disinfected – a crucial feature for reducing infection risk in ICUs.

The Sonosite S-ICU also offers a complement of phased, curved, and linear array transducers to provide visual guidance of PICC and central line placements, dialysis access, thoracentesis, and paracentesis.

And with DICOM compatibility, the S-ICU makes it easy for clinicians to store, query, and send patient data to and from other devices and networks.

Sonosite Edge

SONOSITE EDGE ultrasound machine

Key Features:

  • M-Mode
  • < 20-second boot-up
  • Needle Recognition
  • Auto IMT
  • Compound Imaging
  • Speckle Reduction
  • Tissue Harmonic Imaging

The Edge is Sonosite’s fifth generation of point-of-care ultrasound. It provides exceptional performance for OB/GYN imaging and also supports clinical applications for:

  • Cardiac
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Vascular
  • Veterinary
  • OB/GYN

Like all Sonosite machines, the Edge has excellent durability. Its magnesium shell and solid aluminum core protect the device against drops and accidents, passing drop tests at 3 feet. The Sonosite Edge also has a splash-resistant silicone keyboard that protects your investment for the long term.

Not to be outdone by its hardware, the Edge’s software architecture offers fast processing speeds, premium image quality, and an impressive set of advanced features. The device has a 20-second boot time and uses advanced features like Tissue Harmonic and Compound Imaging to provide remarkably clear images with deeper penetration and a wider field of view.

The Sonosite Edge’s broad set of OB/GYN and Fertility-specific applications make it a highly sought-after tool for Women’s healthcare. Its OB/GYN features include:

  • Diameter/ellipse measurements
  • Ten follicle measurements
  • Estimated fetal weight
  • Established due date
  • Gestational age
  • Last menstrual period
  • Fetal growth charts
  • Amniotic fluid index

Plus, with such a wide variety of probe options, the Sonosite Edge is a great ultrasound machine for most medical specialties. It is compatible with curved, linear, phased, micro-convex, and pencil transducers, providing quality imaging for nearly every part of the body.

Sonosite iVIZ

Sonosite

Key Features:

  • M-Mode
  • ColorHD
  • Color and Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler
  • Tissue Harmonic Imaging
  • Tissue Optimization
  • Zoom capability
  • Dynamic range and gain

The Sonosite iVIZ is a hand-held ultrasound machine with a built-in handle and 7” HD touchscreen. It excels in OB/GYN imaging and also provides fantastic performance for the following clinical applications:

  • Cardiac
  • Emergency medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Vascular
  • OB/GYN

Despite its small, lightweight design, the Sonosite iVIZ offers premium imaging with uncompromised clarity. It combines Sonosite’s patented DirectClear technology with SonoHD3 to provide advanced image processing on a high-definition display.

The Sonosite iVIZ also has zoom capability and dynamic range and gain, allowing clinicians optimal viewing of small, hard-to-see anatomy.

The iVIZ provides superb bedside usability and is ideal for performing eFAST, FATE, and triage in ER and trauma situations when speedy diagnostics are critical.

Sonosite Ultrasound Machine Benefits

Sonosite ultrasound systems come with a range of benefits that provide versatile, accurate diagnostic imaging performance across various clinical settings. Some important benefits include:

  • Applications
  • Ease of use
  • Technologies and features
  • Dependability and Quality

Sonosite Applications

Sonosite manufacturers ultrasound systems for the following clinical applications:

  • Cardiac
  • OB/GYN
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesiology
  • Abdominal
  • Small Parts
  • Urology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedic
  • Trauma
  • Nerve
  • Lung
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Point-Of-Care
  • Veterinary

Sonosite Ease of Use

Sonosite ultrasound machines are highly-regarded for their ease of use, allowing clinicians to perform quick and seamless ultrasound exams for their patients. Sonosite employs a process of thoughtful and intentional design around every detail and demand of the work styles of clinicians.

Ease of Use Design Features:

  • Workflow efficiency tools allow users to switch between imaging modes and use advanced features at the touch of a button or with very few keystrokes
  • Performance features include fast processing speeds that allow users to save and send cine clips with very little delay
  • Walk-up usability allows users to perform standard ultrasound exams without the need for extensive training
  • Intuitive controls allow users to seamlessly navigate their Sonosite devices
  • Fast boot times allow users to use their Sonosite devices shortly after powering them on
  • Ergonomics refers to the design of Sonosite systems which make them comfortable to use from various sitting and standing positions and monitor viewing angles
  • Battery life for Sonosite units allows for multiple cord-free uses in between charging
  • Custom presets help guide clinicians through routine ultrasound exams

Sonosite Technologies and Features

The array of Sonosite’s advanced imaging technologies and features includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • Auto Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) feature gives automatic measurements of anterior and posterior walls for accurate carotid status
  • FHI is an innovative harmonic imaging technology that maintains the image resolution when imaging larger, hard-to-image patients
  • 4D/virtual HD provides high-definition video of patient anatomy in real-time– for OB/GYN and cardiac applications
  • Continuous-Wave (CW) Doppler improves accuracy when measuring high-velocity blood flow
  • Color Doppler allows for rapid visualization of blood flows, velocities, and volumes; a useful tool for detecting defects in the atria and ventricles
  • Q-Beam doubles the volume of transducer signals for deeper penetration and increased image resolution
  • Q-Image uses innovative algorithms combined with fast frame rates to significantly strengthen the image quality
  • Needle Enhancement for precise needle and catheter placements
  • Elastography displays tissue stiffness in real-time to provide clinicians with additional diagnostic information when scanning organs like the liver and breast

Sonosite Dependability and Quality

Sonosite ultrasound machines are durable, high-quality devices made to resist wear and tear and protect your investment for the long term.

Sonosite devices are built-tough using protective materials like splash-resistant silicone, magnesium shells, and aluminum cores. Their machines pass military drop tests at 3 feet with flying colors, and some devices are fully waterproof.

Sonosite Ultrasounds Machines in Stock at Strata Imaging

In addition to the six Sonosite ultrasound models highlighted in this guide, Strata Imaging offers complete rental, maintenance, repair, and sale of almost every type of ultrasound machine and related peripherals to all 50 states.

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