Updated and Improved, the S8 Exp Offers Value and Solid Performance
In this video, I come clean on this portable ultrasound machine.
When I first evaluated the SonoScape S8 Exp in late 2013, I thought the image quality was great, but I felt that it still had some growing up to do. So I sent a long report to SonoScape with the needed improvements, and until the improvements were made, our position was that we would sell it only to very specific, limited markets.
SonoScape responded by adding significant improvements in multiple upgrades and revisions. The result is that we have solid system, new with warranty, at a key price point. We’ve been looking for something to really succeed in this price point, and I think we have a winner.
More about the S8 Expert after the video:
SonoScape S8 Expert Feature Review
The S8 Expert is fully shared-service with solid cardiac capabilities, which is rare for a portable ultrasound in this price range.
The screen can tilt up to (about) 45-degrees, which is very nice and not as common in this portable arena. LCD screens can be finicky from different angles, and this allows you to view the image without having to adjust your seat height.
As with other SonoScape products, the 2D imaging really shines. Its color Doppler is good and has received very positive feedback from our customers. Customers say that it competes well against a refurbished GE Logiq e, which falls into this same price category.
In addition to our own testing, we have units in the field that are being used for cardiac, vascular, abdominal, obstetrics, and MSK/Orthopedic use. The comments coming back are very positive when discussing the performance of the machine.
Its key technology features include:
Tissue Doppler imaging
- PW/CW/Color/Power Doppler
Using the SonoScape S8 Expert Ultrasound Machine
The keyboard layout is what you expect from a portable… a little cramped… but you get used to it quickly. Once you know where your commonly used controls are, it becomes fairly automatic. Consider it a smaller version of a full user interface with full keyboard, TGC, proper gain controls, trackball, and so on.
Softkeys provide access to key image optimization tools, as well as other features in the various imaging modes.
It can export to multiple formats, including DICOM and various image and video formats. It can export to USB and over a network.
In all, it’s hard to argue against value. This has been a key price range… one in which a refurbished unit was almost always the best choice, the key unit being the GE Logiq e. But now that’s changed. While the Logiq e has its good points, the S8 Exp offers many good points as well… one of the bigger and more convincing is that you can purchase this new (with a long warranty) over a refurbished Logiq e with a minimal warranty period.
Interested in the SonoScape S8 Expert or other ultrasound machine? Call today for a free quote (440) 459-1625 or contact us.