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What Are Portable Ultrasound Machines and How Are They Changing the Way We Think About Ultrasound?

Portable ultrasound machines are mobile ultrasound systems designed to be used in small spaces, at a patient’s bedside, or in the field. They can be cart-based, tablet-based, or hand-carried.

Rise in Popularity

The COVID-19 pandemic ignited dramatic shifts in healthcare, allowing innovative technologies to realize their true potential at the forefront of patient care.

In today’s quickly evolving healthcare environment, ultrasound systems are more frequently being used as the first choice for diagnostic imaging and triage. In some situations, it’s the only imaging option. Due to their fast-paced nature, Emergency and Critical Care departments were early adopters of ultrasound to improve the speed and accuracy of patient care. But because of the machines’ ability to move across departments, aid in quick diagnoses, and enhance workflow, portable ultrasound machines have been adopted in daily practice by many specialties, including Cardiology, Vascular, Radiology, Endocrinology, Pediatric, and Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN).

The new technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) being integrated into portable ultrasounds systems have simplified workflows, made exams faster and more accurate, and helped clinicians increase confidence in their diagnosis.

Compact Convenience

Throughout the past 50 years, ultrasound technology has rapidly evolved. What were once large, bulky systems are now compact. Portable ultrasound machines provide the flexibility and mobility to travel with clinicians and image patients where they are in real-time.

Portable ultrasound machines empower clinicians to obtain high-quality images without relying on a single machine’s availability. These mobile systems have smaller footprints and can quickly move from room to room, minimizing wait time, increasing throughput, and ultimately contributing to a better patient experience.

Outlook for Portable Ultrasound Systems

As patient volumes continue to increase due to aging populations and increasing co-morbidities, and budgets continue to shrink, it’s evident that the portable ultrasound market is in a unique position to grow due to its cost-effective, real-time, portable solutions. Based on clinician and industry feedback, Mindray continues to evolve its comprehensive portfolio of portable ultrasound machines designed to meet a wide range of clinical and financial needs.

Laptop-Based Ultrasounds

Laptop-based systems are ideal for fast-paced environments when advanced features are needed in a compact, portable solution. They are widely used in Emergency, Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Vascular departments. Many portable laptops come equipped with advanced imaging and AI components to capture diagnostic images and aid in diagnosis. You can scan on battery power alone with laptop-based systems, so they may be the only imaging option for mobile emergency units. Mindray has several laptop-based portable ultrasound solutions, including the ME8 and M9 Ultrasound Systems.

The ME8 Ultrasound System is the first hand-carried system that offers our revolutionary, software-based beamformer ZONE Sonography® Technology+ (ZST+). The System combines best-in-class image quality with an intuitive user experience to help ensure reliable and efficient diagnosis wherever you are.

The M9 Ultrasound System offers a fully featured, compact solution for the most challenging point of care exams. This versatile platform enables advanced imaging and is equipped with robust cardiac applications and advanced AI tools that enable ultrasound-guided procedures, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging, and strain imaging.

Cart-Based Portable Ultrasound Systems

Cart-based ultrasounds are an excellent option when exceptional image quality, advanced applications, and a small footprint are equally important. Typically, these systems are utilized by many departments and users with varying ultrasound skill levels – so the system needs to be intuitive, easy to use, and provide exceptional image quality. Portable cart-based systems are used in Emergency, Vascular, Critical Care, and Interventional Radiology departments.

The Z.One PRO is Mindray’s powerful and portable advanced cart-based imaging platform. Powered by software-based ZST+, the System provides exceptional B-mode, Doppler, and contrast imaging for patients. The ergonomic and lightweight design, coupled with an on-board battery, enables clinicians to make a rapid diagnosis anywhere in the department.

Tablet-Based Ultrasounds

Tablet-based systemsare ideal for tight-spaced environments. When considering a tablet-based system, accessibility, ease of use, and disinfection are vital. Often, these systems can be found in Emergency, Critical Care, and Anesthesia departments. Tablet-based systems can have advanced features but are not a robust imaging solution since they are touchscreen only. They are ideal for targeted and specific uses, such as needle visualization, biopsies, and bedside applications

The TE7 is Mindray’s premium tablet-based portable ultrasound system. It provides best-in-class imaging, a sleek form factor, an intuitive touchscreen, and breakthrough needle visualization. This versatile System has cutting-edge AI smart tools– including hands-free scanning to decrease contamination potential.

Portable Ultrasound Systems for Private Practices 

Portability, system size, downtime, and reliability are essential for private practice ultrasound solutions. Systems must have exceptional B-mode, M-mode, PW Doppler, and Color Doppler imaging quality to accommodate a wide range of applications and exam types. Applications often include OBGYN, Shared Service, Phlebology, and Musculoskeletal (MSK). Private practices typically need a more cost-effective, comprehensive solution that can grow with them as their cases get more complex. There are many types of ultrasound solutions to meet workflow and budgetary requirements.

Mindray’s portable ultrasound machines for private practices include:

  • The M8 Elite offers premium image quality and advanced system processing. This compact laptop-based ultrasound delivers robust and reliable performance.
  • The MX7 has been thoughtfully designed with a customizable touchscreen and our software-based ZST+ beamformer technology. The laptop-based System combines excellent image quality with an intuitive user experience.
  • The Z60 is a versatile, hand-carried Color Doppler System that offers powerful software packages, transducer technology, and ease-of-use.
  • The DP-30 Power is the perfect combination of image quality, ease-of-use, and mobility, with a focus on user experience and flexibility.
  • The TE5 has a slim build, exceptional imaging quality, and advanced AI applications. This tablet-based System is ideal for procedure focused applications such as injections, needle visualization, biopsy, and pain management.

From durable hand-carry designs to intuitive, touch-enabled ultrasound machines, Mindray has solutions that naturally fit into your workflow.



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