Much faster than x-rays and without the use of radiation, ultrasounds are the preferred form of radiographic techniques. Ultrasounds have been used successfully in obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and in cancer detection for many years. Because they are a staple in many medical offices, it is important to understand how to find the best quality for each application. As a medical professional you don’t want to pour too much money into a piece of equipment that you won’t use enough, but you definitely don’t want to skimp when it comes to quality either. When looking for an ultrasound to add to your office, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure you get the best for your practice.
When buying ultrasound machines consider:
- Size – Do you need portable or stationary?
- What will it be used for? Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cardiology or Urology?
- Check the certifications to ensure that the machine is held to its strict safety standards. Look for USA/FDA/GMP, CE Mark/MDD and ISO 9001 certifications.
- The technical specifications – Thigns like power output, imaging required, color Doppler and whether a DICOM or a DIGITAL system is required.
- Check for a warranty or return policy.
Ultrasound machines can cost a pretty penny. If you are trying to stick to a budget, consider a used machine if you want a top brand such as ATL. Many offices choose to buy used machines or lease machines as well. If you are going to trade in an old machine, that can help make it more affordable, too.