SonoSite M-Turbo Review
August 5, 2014 by Brian Gill
Refurbished M-Turbo Provides Quality at Reasonable Price
It’s no secret that SonoSite is among the leading brands in bedside Point-of-Care ultrasound machines.
Heck, SonoSite practically invented Point-of-Care ultrasound.
From their beginnings as triage units in the military, the SonoSite brand quickly became a popular consumer ultrasound as prices became affordable for emergency departments, physician use, private practices and small hospitals.
The M-Turbo is an upgrade to the popular MicroMaxx ultrasound, and the predecessor to the more recent SonoSite Edge ultrasound. More about the SonoSite M-Turbo after the video:
M-Turbo Feature Review
Overall image quality of the M-Turbo is unilaterally considered very good. The price of the refurbished M-Turbo ultrasound makes it very attractive to those looking for a good mid-range color Doppler portable ultrasound machine.
Its features are designed for its target market, which most often consists of situations in which a physician is doing the scanning… emergency departments, anesthesia, orthopedics, small parts, MSK, and family practice.
It’s small, lightweight (under 7lbs) and includes options such as IMT, Advanced Needle Visualization (SonoMBe), SonoHD speckle reduction, SonoADAPT automatic tissue optimization, and Tissue Harmonics.
Its needle visualization technology, SonoMBe, makes it easier to see a needle in tissue, and allows for use of smaller gauge needles. The image on the left shows how it helps make the needle “glow” more on-screen.
Images are stored on an internal 8GB flash drive, while two USB ports replace the inconvenient Compact Flash cards found on the old MicroMaxx and Titan ultrasound machines. Exporting images is simple, and you can transfer images via flash drive, DICOM, or Network in multiple formats.
SonoSite M-Turbo Applications
Despite its size, the M-Turbo runs a wide range of transducers, making it fully shared-service capable. These probes include a variety of endovaginal, cardiac, TEE, low- and high-frequency linear transducers (up to 15MHz), convex, and other specialty probes. Veterinarian transducers include a microconvex and linear rectal transducer (in addition to the standard human probes).
Each of these probes has specific settings and presets that are available on the system when the transducer is connected.
An optional Mini-Dock allows the M-Turbo to connect to a network, flash drive, RGB or DVI external monitor, S-Video output, Composite video output, Audio, Ethernet, and RS-232 transfer. Some carts include this functionality, while other compact carts require the MiniDock for connectivity.
The M-Turbo really made a breakthrough in imaging technology for SonoSite. Initially, the price was quite high for the M-Turbo, but the used/refurbished systems are well within a good price range for those seeking a mid-range portable ultrasound machine.
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