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GE Voluson i


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The refurbished GE Voluson i portable ultrasound machine was the first portable 4D ultrasound… and it is still one of the top performing 4D ultrasounds today. Many sonographers, physicians, radiologists and others prefer this 4D ultrasound machine over those from other manufacturers.

The used Voluson i is versatile and capable of covering almost any application, although its primary function is typically used for Women’s Health and OB/GYN. This is also a popular machine for those performing specialty “babyface” imaging. Although the machine is getting dated, it remains popular while other choices from Mindray and Medison have become solid competitors for the portable women’s health market.

The GE Voluson i has great imaging while covering a wide range of clinical applications. This machine provides you with you with your most demanding needs in a convenient lightweight (12.3 lbs/5.7 kg) laptop design. The GE Voluson i ultrasound machine can be easily used in fixed exam rooms and also emergency and point-of-care applications.

The Voluson i comes with many advanced features for a portable ultrasound.

Imaging Features Include:

Speckle Reduction Imaging (SRI) and CrossXBeam


Volume Contrast Imaging (VCI)

3D/4D Live 4D Imaging

Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)

Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis (VOCAL)

Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation (STIC)





SonoRender Start

15″ LCD Screen

Automatic Tissue Optimization (ATO)

Optimized Tissue Imaging (OTI)

Coded Harmonic Imaging

VCI: Volume Contrast Imaging on the Voluson-I utilizes 4D transducers to automatically scan multiple adjacent slices and delivers a real-time display of the ROI. This image results from a special rendering mode consisting of texture and transparency information. VCI improves the contrast resolution and therefore facilitates finding diffuse lesions.

TUI: Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging is a new visualization mode for the Voluson-i in 3D and 4D data sets on the Voluson-i. The data is presented as slices through the data set which are parallel to each other. An overview image, which is orthogonal to the parallel slices, shows which parts of the volume are displayed in the parallel planes. This method of visualization is consistent with the way other medical systems such as CT or MRI, present the data to the user. The distance between the different planes can be adjusted to the requirements of the given data set. In addition it is possible to set the number of planes. The planes and the overview image can also be printed to a DICOM printer, for easier comparison of the ultrasound data with CT and/or MRI data.

SonoVCAD Heart: A technology that automatically generates a number of views of the fetal heart to make diagnosis easier.

SonoAVC follicle: A Voluson-i technology that automatically detects follicles in a volume of an organ (e.g., ovary) and analyzes their shape and volume. From the calculated volume an average diameter can be calculated. It also lists objects according to their size.

SonoVCAD labor: Allows the Voluson-i user to measure fetal progression during the second stage of labor such as fetal head progression, rotation and direction. Visual evidence and objective data of the labor process are provided. All SonoVCAD labor measurements are automatically added to the worksheet

STIC: Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation is a fetal echo provided by the Voluson-i that visualizes the fetal heart or an artery in static 3D.

VOCAL II: Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis is an imaging program on the Voluson-i for cancer diagnosis, therapy planning and follow-up therapy control. It offers contour detection of structures and volume calculation. A virtual shell can be set around the contour of the lesion. VOCAL automatically calculates the vascularization within the shell by 3D color histogram by comparing the number of color voxels to the number of grayscale voxels.

Active Probe Ports






DICOM Options

Commitment, MPPS, Print, Store, Structured Reports, Verify, Worklist


13 lbs, 2.5" x 14" x 12.5"



Export Options



3D/4D, Auto Optimization, Color Doppler, Color M-Mode, Compound Imaging, DICOM, HD-Flow, HPRF, M-Mode, Needle Visualization, Panoramic, Power Doppler, PW Doppler, SonoAVC Follicle, SonoVCAD, Speckle Reduction, STIC, Tissue Harmonics, Tomographic, VOCAL

HDD Size


Imaging Modes

2D, 3D/4D

Max Cine Memory


Maximum Depth (cm)



"15"" High Resolution TFT LCD"

Monitor Resolution


PC Export Formats


Power (USA)

100-250V, 47/63 Hz

Primary Applications

Breast, General Imaging, OB/GYN, Vascular

Software Revisions

BT07, BT09, BT11, BT14







USB Ports


Video and Output Options

Audio, Ethernet, PCMCIA, USB, VGA



Year Built

2005 – Current

If you’re looking for a 4D portable ultrasound, the Voluson i is the best place to start. There’s a good reason for that: It’s the best portable 4D ultrasound machine on the market. Even with the new competition on the market, the GE Voluson i continues to have the best frame rates and image quality… even the early versions of the Voluson i are still excellent 4D imaging machines. That being said, there are some up-and-coming 4D portable ultrasound machines from Mindray. The Voluson i has held its value very well over the years due to its demand and known quality. If this doesn’t make your budget, our sales staff can give you recommendations that will fit your budget.

The Voluson i also can connect an external DVD writer and has VGA video output for an external monitor or connecting to a DVD-Recorder.

In this complete GE Voluson i training series, you’ll learn all you need to know about using the GE Voluson i, 4D ultrasound basics, and more advanced 4D ultrasound technique training.

You’ll need to be familiar with those machines first, but the Voluson 4D ultrasound training basics and Voluson 4D training translates to similar features on those machines.

Part 2 of our free training series covers the basics of 2D imaging and how to use its imaging parameters to optimize your 2D images.

This is an important part of the series even if you’re only looking to do 4D ultrasound training. The training here provides a good understanding of 2D imaging and how the machine works to achieve better image quality.

Using Doppler and M-Modes with the is relatively straightforward to those who are familiar with GE ultrasound machines.

For those looking to perform 4D imaging, both PW Doppler and M-Mode allow you to acquire a fetal heartrate. PW Doppler allows you to listen to the fetal heart as well. This chapter in our training discusses how to use these modes as well as color Doppler.

The GE Voluson i contains a complete measurement package for OB/GYN, Vascular and a number of other applications. This chapter of the free Voluson i ultrasound training will teach you how to take measurements, create, edit, and view reports.

The reports on the Voluson i can be quite extensive, as it has pre-programmed biometry and fetal information to include on your reports.

Reviewing and Exporting images from isn’t the most straightforward process. Using the SonoView II software interface on the GE Voluson portable or console machines, you’ll learn how to review images and export them to various devices, including USB Flash Drive.

Customizing is one of the more common procedures for all Voluson users. Saving presets, creating custom annotations, and general system customization are important time-savers for many users of the GE Voluson.

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