Advancing the Science of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Ultrasound Equipment

General Information

Many cart based or hand held portable ultrasound machines are now available. Readers are encouraged to compare image quality, purchase price and service support before making a purchase.

Examples of compact, portable point-of-care ultrasound machines are the GE LOGIQ e (Wauwatosa, WI), Philips CX50POC (Bothell, WA), SonoSite M-Turbo (Bothell, WA) and Mindray - TE 7 machines. The Philips HD 11 XE and Zonare Ultra machine are cart-based system.

Most ultrasound machines have the following components in common:

  1. A pulser (transmitter) which generates pulsed echo in brief bursts
  2. A transducer which converts electrical energy to acoustic pulses and vice versa
  3. A receiver which detects, compresses and amplifies signals returning to the transducer
  4. A display which displays the signal in the brightness B-mode, the motion M-mode and the amplitude A-mode
  5. A memory which stores still and video images

All 5 machines have the following features:

  1. Compound imaging
  2. Color flow Doppler
  3. Image recording capability (still images and video)
  4. Contrast adjustment (gain control)

BK Medical - flex FocusTM 400 Anesthesia

The Clearest Image Makes the Clinical Difference

  • Premium Performance at 18-2 MHz with Efficiency and Speed
  • Very Fast Frame Rates for Superb Temporal Resolution
  • Automatic Mode Adjustment (AMA) to Optimize High Resolution B-Mode Imaging when Changing Modes and Depth
  • Full 19" High Resolution Monitor
  • Up to 4 Hours of Plug-Free Imaging
  • Award-Winning Design for Mobility


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GE Healthcare's new LOGIQ e is a compact machine with programmable presets and auto-optimization functions. It has an advanced image acquisition technology feature called CrossXBeam™. This spatial compounding technology can capture multiple images from different angles and then combine them into a singular image in real time. This results in enhancement of anatomical margins, reduction of angular dependence and enhancement of contrast through reduction of speckle and noise.


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Philips CX50POC CompactXtreme Ultrasound System

Philips, a leader in cutting-edge ultrasound development, has integrated premium, innovative technologies into the new CX50POC system to address the need for premium-class performance in a compact ultrasound system. Images are displayed with exceptional clarity, giving you the ability to easily and confidently visualize the sonoanatomy, quickly find the nerve, and see the needle throughout the procedure. The CX50POC includes new PureWave crystal transducer technology, SonoCT real-time compound imaging, XRES adaptive image processing for speckle reduction, iSCAN one-button image optimization, and Tissue Specific Imaging, specifically designed for Regional Anesthesia.


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SonoSite M-Turbo


SonoSite Website More M-Turbo Information

Mindray - TE 7

Simple | Smart | Focused

With its superior image quality, touch enabled screen, intuitive user interface, and fast boot-up time, the TE7 supports rapid and confident evaluation and intervention of medical conditions at the bedside. Intuitive gesture controls and focused regional anesthesia exams minimize the user learning curve, with no need to navigate a knob cluttered keyboard. Simply select a focused exam preset and relevant functions become accessible on the top level screen. The seamless touchscreen is responsive even with gloves and gel, and is easily cleaned during an exam with a screen locking feature. A rich application suite and an ergonomic profile make TE7 an excellent choice to meet the required versatility and demands of the fast-paced point-of-care environment.

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Rapid evaluation at bedside with confidence
  • Touch enabled user interface for intuitive navigation
  • Simplified workflow with focused regional anesthesia exams
  • Frequently used functions on top level screens for rapid assessments
  • Fingertip control of imaging modes, measurements, and operating panel
  • 15" high resolution, anti-glare touchscreen
  • Superior image quality
  • iTouchTM auto image optimization
  • iNeedleTM optimal needle visualization
  • Q-path integration included
  • Full suite of transducers, including TEE
  • Boot-up in less than 25 seconds
  • Wall mount or ergonomic cart
  • 3 active transducer ports
  • Built-in 2+ hour battery
  • Built-in wireless communications
  • Five year system warranty


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