A review of the tablet-style Point-of-Care ultrasound machine
The GE Venue 40 was one of the first true tablet-style ultrasound machines. And while most portable ultrasound machines are labeled as “hand carried”, this is one of the few that can actually live up to that label.
This is a well-built, popular color Doppler ultrasound. As you’ll see in the video review of this machine, it’s got a friendly user interface, very good image quality and an affordable price for a remanufactured Venue 40 ultrasound machine. See the full text review below the video:
Who buys the Venue 40?
This machine is designed specifically for the “point-of-care” ultrasound market, also known as “bedside ultrasound”. These users include MSK, needle guidance/vascular access, anesthesia, emergency medicine, interventional and obstetric departments.
If you fall into this category, you’re probably considering one of SonoSite’s products or one of the other tablet/ ultra-portable ultrasound machines. What’s different (and what you’ll like) about the Venue 40, is its versatility. It is not designed for one specific market or usage. It can go from the ICU to the ER to Anesthesia to Ortho. So, if the budget is limited or you’re just introducing ultrasound, this machine can serve multiple departments. The price is also much lower than most tablet handhelds when you buy a remanufactured unit. All around, this should be a strong consideration for anyone in this market considering adding ultrasound.
GE Venue 40 features and use
I found the Venue 40 easy to learn and use. There are some small things that take getting used to, but overall it’s one of the more straightforward ultrasounds out there. (In the coming weeks, I’ll have a training series featuring the Venue 40 that walks you through the entire system.)
It boots quickly and requires no further input to begin scanning. Most functions are performed using a stylus or hard keys along the side and bottom of the machine. The stylus is most often used for annotations, measurements, and typing comments or patient information.
Color and Power Doppler are standard on the imaging machine, as are Speckle Reduction and CrossXBeam. You won’t find a way to activate SRI nor CrossXBeam, they’re apparently always on. This is largely an undocumented feature, but very important for you to note because these technologies really improve image quality and make a more compelling argument in favor of purchasing this refurbished ultrasound machine.
Images are stored on an easy-to-remove SD card, and images can be taken directly off the card to transfer to your computer. If you purchase the optional cart, there are multiple ports to attach other storage devices.
Imaging presets and pre-programmed applications are included for a variety of applications, including vascular access, MSK, interventional, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. Some models included OB/GYN and cardiac, but these are in a limited capacity.
Other Venue 40 specifications include:
- Three different transducers: Convex, Linear, and Sector. Some late-model versions allow for endovaginal and surgical transducers.
- Lightweight height-adjustable cart that can raise/lower, tilt, charge, and provide external connections for the machine, including Ethernet, DVI-Video, USB output (for printer, hard drive, flash drive, etc) and power for an external printer.
- Easy-to-Clean and durable screen
- Export to JPG and MP4
This is a very good ultrasound system. As with most ultra-portable hand-carried ultrasound machines, it’s really for a specific audience. If you’re not in point-of-care or bedside ultrasound, chances are this product is not for you.
The key on the Venue 40 is its price on a remanufactured unit. The features and image quality are better than what the price would imply, which makes this a fantastic bargain on the refurbished market. Many small hospitals find this as the ultimate solution to introduce ultrasound to their various departments… something that allows them to share and test the waters in the ultrasound field.