Evaluation Background: Premium Cardiac Ultrasound Scanners

January 31, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance


Here's background for our Evaluations of premium cardiac ultrasound scanners, outlining the key considerations for making wise purchasing decisions. Learn how the technology is used, which specs are important, and what factors we test for. Also review our latest product ratings and ECRI Institute's data describing hospitals' interest in specific models.

Diagnostic ultrasound scanners are used to obtain images and other data that are used to assess patient anatomy and physiology. These devices are also used to provide guidance for interventional procedures. Premium cardiac scanners are used to obtain high-quality ultrasound data regarding the cardiovascular system and allow users to perform advanced imaging assessments.

To be considered in the premium category, a cardiac scanner must:

  1. Be cart-based (i.e., permanently mounted on wheels)

  2. Support sector, flat linear, curved linear, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducers

  3. Support the following advanced imaging modes or capabilities:

a) Tissue...

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