A look at a solid mid-upper range performer
When the Mindray M7 was originally released, it broke new ground in the portable ultrasound market. It was especially notable for its proficiency in the emerging markets, such as nerve blocks, MSK/orthopedics, and also its cardiac capabilities.
Because of its advanced nature the original price was also just beyond reach of most mobile companies, small hospitals and private practices. Hence, it was a popular solution in hospital environments, replacing expensive console and advanced portable machines from GE and Philips.
And while the M7 continued to improve its usability and performance, its price remained slightly out-of-range for the mass market.
But that has changed.
The key for the M7 right now is that our price for a new Mindray M7 is now in direct competition with some excellent new and used portable ultrasound machines. Most notably, a new Chison Q9, new GE Logiq e, refurbished SonoSite M-Turbo and refurbished SonoSite Edge.
As you’ll see in the video below, the Mindray M7 is a solid value and very good performer for those looking for a mid-upper range ultrasound machine. It performs a wide variety of studies, most of them very well.
Read more about the Mindray M7 after the video:
Mindray M7 Feature Review
The competition is tough in this area, but the M7 does a very nice job for a wide variety of applications. It’s a full shared service portable ultrasound machine, but as noted in the video, purchasing this for cardiac-only applications is recommended only for those whose budgets can’t manage a more advanced cardiovascular portable ultrasound machine.
The M7 has all the major imaging technologies found in this market, and it uses them well to produce very good image quality. Its wide range of available transducers make it one of the most versatile systems, and the image quality throughout the range of probes is very good.
One of the more popular applications for the M7 included its nerve visualization and needle-guidance software. It was one of the first machines to perform this very well, and its continued development make it a very good system for any type of needle guidance, particularly regional anesthesia.
For nearly all users, the M7 is a great choice for nearly every application. Nearfield resolution for MSK is excellent, and it performs deep tissue 2D, color, and PW Doppler very well.
Colorflow sometimes takes a little tweaking, but that’s fairly common among most ultrasound machines.
For those looking to do more cardiac and have a limited budget, our users choose the new GE Logiq e if the budget can manage the price, otherwise, the M7 would be the next-best choice. For those with a larger budget, the Mindray M9 is an excellent consideration. Others may choose the GE Vivid i, Philips CX50 or can wait for the upcoming Chison EBit 60.
Key Applications for the Mindray M7
As mentioned, this is a very good shared service ultrasound machine. The most common and popular uses for our customers include:
- Venous (ablation, mapping)
- Mobile Ultrasound
- Regional Anesthesia
- Pain Management
- Small Parts
Although cardiac is less commonly used, it is a capable machine and you can definitely use it for a full cardiac exam. Mobile companies that perform a limited amount of cardiac exams find it a capable machine that performs all studies needed for standard echo exams.
As a new system, the Mindray M7 comes with a long warranty. Chances are your service calls will be limited, however. This is a well-built, durable machine. Mindray does an excellent job of continually improving its products and taking user feedback to improve the product. Mindray is quite impressive with its response to user requests, and the “depth” and completeness of this system is a testament to that.
In the rare case there is a problem, it comes with a very long warranty and we have our exclusive loaner program if a problem arises.
Is the Mindray M7 the right system for you? Call one of our sales experts at Providian Medical today at (440) 459-1625 or contact us for a free quote.
Transcript for the Mindray M7 portable ultrasound machine review
The Mindray M7 remains one of the best mid-range shared service ultrasound machines on the market. Today I’ll tell you why it might be the best purchase for you.
Hi, I’m Brian Gill with Providian Medical. And today, we’re looking at Mindray’s mid to high range portable laptop-style ultrasound machine, the Mindray M7. In short, this is a very good ultrasound machine.
Most importantly, the M7 is intuitive, stable, it’s built well, and it has very good image quality. It also has a very competitive price. And that makes it a solid competitor to the GE Logiq e, the SonoSite M-Turbo, and the Chison Q9.
Now among these and other systems, the M7 is one of the more well-thought out portable ultrasound machines.
And it has what I call “depth”. By depth what I mean is how thorough and complete its features are. In nearly every feature set on the M7, it can go very deep into custom configurations, measurement packages, connectivity, and user programmability.
Additionally, these features are easily accessible and are relatively intuitive. Now this is something I expect from most portable ultrasound machines in this price range, however, the only machines that come close to this depth, such as the GE Logiq e and the Vivid e, are complex and overall, very frustrating for end users– and also for people like me, who have to support those systems.
So the M7 tends to only be as complicated as you want it to be. And it’s very accessible to highly technical users, while it’s also intuitive for the less technical users.
For image quality, the M7 has very good image quality in nearly all of its modalities. And I consider it to be one of the most versatile systems in the price range. I found that the M7 performs very well for superficial as well as deep tissue imaging, in 2D, color and Spectral Doppler.
And in doing a side by side test, I felt that the tissue color flow was the best in its class.
For connectivity, it was easy and exporting images to USB was simple and painless. This has become a very important feature and Mindray does it very well. Not all others do it. In fact, it’s something that can’t be said about very many portables out there, despite it being such an important feature.
Now the limitation on the M7 is the same as it is with other shared service ultrasound machines in this range. The cardiac is generally the weakest imaging modality. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not terrible or unusable. It’s just that there really isn’t anything good in this price range that provides good cardiac and is a very good all-around imaging system.
The M7 is a capable cardiac machine, and you can definitely use it. There are many, many out there who are. However, if you’re considering to do full-time cardiology, you might want to bump up your price range and look at the M9.
The M7 also has a solid set of features that include a wide range of transducers, compound imaging, speckle reduction imaging, needle visualization, tissue Doppler, stress echo with wall motion scoring, TEE, IMT, panoramic, wireless connectivity, and comprehensive DICOM capabilities, including structured reporting.
Now since its inception, the M7 has held a very respectable place in its market. And its recent price drop has made it very accessible to a even broader market. So if you’re looking for a great mid to upper range portable ultrasound machine, this should be one of your top picks.
Call us today at Providian Medical at (440) 459-1625 and talk to one of our expert sales representatives to find out if the M7 fits your needs or maybe if there’s something better for you.
I’m Brian Gill with Providian Medical, and that’s what you need to know about the Mindray M7 Portable Color Doppler Shared Service Ultrasound Machine. Thanks for watching.