The GE Vivid i portable ultrasound machine is a mid-range ultrasound system primarily designed for cardiovascular applications. Once considered the premium portable cardiovascular ultrasound machine, newer machines have since taken its place. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good ultrasound system.
The portable Vivid i ultrasound offers many of the same imaging technologies as other GE ultrasounds, but it also leverages other powerful cardiac imaging features, including both adult and pediatric TEE probes that are not usually available on similar systems at this price point. This tried-and-true portable cardiac ultrasound machine remains a strong choice for those looking for a well-priced portable cardiovascular ultrasound machine.
The Vivid I ultrasound’s well-designed interface was very popular when it was introduced. Since its inception, touchscreens and other newer technologies have taken its place. However, it is still known to be a workhorse in the industry and can still provide solid results.
This makes the GE Vivid i a value system on the market today. It remains one of our more popular systems for rental, particularly with mobile ultrasound companies.
These systems are aging, but the image quality is still considered very good and you’ll find these great little machines in many locations. The Vivid I is a fairly intuitive and consistent machine that will provide good image quality for a refurbished portable cardiac ultrasound machine.
In this training series, you’ll learn the knobology and general use of the Vivid i portable cardiovascular ultrasound machine. This is an important video to watch, as subsequent training videos build on the knowledge taught here.
This first installment of the training includes an overview and understanding of how to use the ultrasound most efficiently. An explanation of all the controls is included as well as the on-screen information.
The Vivid i can be a cumbersome and difficult ultrasound to use, but once you learn how and why it works, it can be very powerful and efficient.
This part training series covers the basics of 2D imaging and the tools available to optimize your image. While the default imaging presets are often considered very good, some prefer to optimize for higher frame rates, penetration, or overall image contrast using focus positions, gray maps, dynamic range, depth and other such tools. This training video also covers how to save these custom presets so you’ll have available every time you scan.
This is a key part of our video series to best understand the functionality and use of the machine.
Understanding Doppler and M-Mode imaging is a key part for cardiovascular imaging. Here you’ll learn how to use Color, Doppler, and M-Mode, for general use, as well as how to optimize the image for better frame rates or improved image quality.
Learn how to perform measurements in 2D and Doppler modes, as well as making comments (annotations) on your images.
Customize and setup your ultrasound machine to your own specifications… A key part of using your ultrasound machine is customizing it for your own use and setting it up properly. It covers all the functions in the Config screens, except for DICOM setup. DICOM is reserved in its own chapter later in the training series. Be sure to go through this video in its entirety to make sure your system performs best to your own needs.
One of the top frustrations for users involves exporting images. It’s not intuitive. This part of the video series teaches much of what is not clear in the user manual on exporting. Reports and image review are also covered in this chapter. Once you understand its workflow, exporting images is not as complicated as it initially seems… it’s simply not very intuitive.
Hands down, this is one of the most difficult and confusing parts of the Vivid ultrasound machine. Avoiding the “Frowny Face” and achieving that “Smiley Face” can be quite frustrating for users of all levels. While the DICOM functionality is quite powerful, the manual doesn’t cover it well and nearly all users fail in their initial try at setting this up. Once it’s understood, it’s easy to forget. This video walks you step-by-step through getting your system connected to a PACS system.