As bedside “point-of-care” ultrasound machines become more popular and more widely available, I think we may see quite a few copycats of this well-designed tablet-style ultrasound machine.
At first glance, many will think this is a simple copycat of the GE Venue 40, or one of the other tablet-style portable ultrasound machines. But it isn’t.
This one is truly different. Really, with all the copycat ultrasounds out there being released by manufacturers, this one shows innovation and thoughtfulness. It’s a very cool machine. In my video review, you’ll see what makes it cool and why it’s different than the Venue 40 and some of the other tablet ultrasound machines on the market. Read more below the break.
SonoTouch 30 Feature Review
As I pointed out in the video, the big thing here isn’t just its capabilities. It’s the touch operation. Pinch, swipe, scroll, and slide. Everything can be done with your fingers. This is a big bonus for sterile environments, and for those who prefer something more intuitive, such as a tablet computer, rather than something more complicated, such as an ultrasound.
This is a lot more intuitive and easy-to-use than other tablets out there. And in this price range, the SonoTouch 30 is very unique. Its closest competitor, the Venue 40, is more basic and difficult to use. The biggest advantage to the Venue 40 is its image quality.
But the SonoTouch 30 has things that other machines simply don’t. Namely, full touch operation, many connectivity options, full measurement and analysis packages, internal memory for patient data and image storage, wider variety of probes, and stronger customization options. It has USB, S-Video, VGA, and Ethernet ports on the system, which allow for easier transfer and simple connections to external video sources.
The variable-angle stand makes it easy to set table-top at multiple angles, and it also folds flat as a handle for cradle operation. It’s light enough to carry in this manner, where it can be easily handled going from bed-t0-bed or room-to-room.
Who would buy the Chison SonoTouch 30?
The Chison SonoTouch 30 opens itself up to a wide audience. It’s extremely affordable and versatile, which makes it great for smaller offices such as family practice, orthopedic, chiropractic, small hospitals, and emergency departments. This is great for a quick diagnosis, but the addition of the calculations packages allows this to go a few step further than other tablets on the market.
The needle guide software makes this a good system for anesthesia, PICC lines, or pain management. The image quality is good enough to provide visualization, and the needle guide software will help the needle “glow” onscreen.
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