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Type: Cardiac Vascular General Imaging

GE Vivid i Ultrasound

With the GE Vivid i ultrasound machine, you’re getting lightweight mobility and excellent imaging abilities. More importantly, you’re getting a premium, portable cardiac ultrasound that holds a top spot among the similar portable cardiac ultrasounds available.

From great penetration to optimal image quality and stress echo capabilities, the GE Vivid i ultrasound is ideal for meeting a wide range of OB and anesthesia needs. You can also achieve high-resolution images for monitoring, regional anesthesia, carotid evaluation, and saphenous vein harvesting.

Imaging Capabilities

The Vivid i aims to give your exams the robust images you need for increased diagnostic accuracy and confidence. Excellent raw data and ultra definition algorithms are central to this advanced imaging quality, while some other features contributing to the Vivid i’s high-end imaging performance include:

  • Advanced speckle reduction
  • Clarity and Adaptive Reject for further optimizing image quality
  • Smart Depth for automatically adapting the imaging parameters for a variety of exams
  • SmartStress technology aids a streamlined workflow
  • Tissue Synchronization Imaging helps translate comprehensive quantifications into easy-to-read images

Speaking of quantification, the Vivid i boasts an exceptional level of quantitative analysis, ideal for cardiac applications. Allowing for accurate visualization and measurable assurance, the GE Vivid i expands cardiac imaging through the following features:

  • Tissue Velocity Imaging displays dynamic information about the heart and moving heart tissues
  • Tissue Tracking aids in the detection of coronary heart disease
  • EchoPAC Analysis for organizing raw data and conducting a full range of quantitative analysis, including TVI, TT, TSI, and Strain.

With these technologies, the GE Vivid i addresses one of the biggest challenges in cardiovascular care — access to complete, real-time diagnostic information. Triplex imaging capabilities also make this a good choice for phlebology and applications requiring real-time 2D, Spectral Doppler, and Color Imaging.

GE Vivid i Applications

The GE Vivid i is renowned for its benefits in cardiac imaging, but this portable ultrasound is also suitable for:

  • Vascular
  • Abdominal
  • OB/GYN
  • Small Parts
  • Musculoskeletal

Ultrasound Ease-of-Use

The GE Vivid i ultrasound may be a powerhouse for OB imaging and cardiac applications, but what really draws radiologists is its dramatic intuitive interface, lightweight portability, and wireless design. The well-designed interface aims to increase efficiency and streamline patient throughput. The Vivid i ultrasound also makes it relatively easy to tap into its extensive of customizations, image controls, programmable keys, annotations and more.

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There’s not much we can say about the GE Vivid i that isn’t positive. It holds its value, has a great price point, is only as complicated as you want it to be. This is probably the best design of GE’s portable ultrasound machines, as it’s fairly intuitive and consistent. Doctors love its image quality for cardiac, vascular, venous, small parts, and a variety of images requiring excellent nearfield imaging as well as penetration for deep tissue or difficult-to-image patients.

The GE Vivid i’s successor, the GE Vivid q portable cardiovascular ultrasound, just missed our Best Portable Ultrasounds category simply because its pricepoint makes takes it out-of-reach for some customers. However, either system will provide you with excellent image quality and all the features you’ll need out of a portable cardiac ultrasound machine.

For advanced use, the Vivid i also has many imaging options for cardiologists, such as Tissue Tracking, Tissue Velocity Imaging, Blood Flow Imaging (B-Flow), TSI Tissue Syncronization Imaging, Automated Ejection-Fraction calculation, Stress Echo, Contrast Imaging, IMT Measurement Program, Quantitave Analysis Q-Analysis), LVO Contrast, and LogiqView (panoramic imaging). More recent software versions also allow for shared-services imaging option by adding an OB/GYN package.

Imaging Modes 2D
Applications Cardiac, Pediatrics, Vascular, General Imaging, Neonatal, TCD, Fetal, Abdominal, OB/GYN, Musculoskeletal, Superficial, Small Parts, Breast, Anesthesia, Intraoperative, Emergency Medicine, TEE
Features M-Mode, Color M-Mode, Anatomical M-Mode, PW Doppler, CW Doppler, Color Doppler, Power Doppler, B-Flow, HPRF, Tissue Doppler, Tissue Tracking, Compound Imaging, Speckle Reduction, Auto Optimization, Stress Echo, TEE, Tissue Synchronization, DICOM, IMT, Tissue Harmonics
Year Built 2008 – Current
Quick Guide Link
Active Probe Ports 1
Video and Output Options Ethernet, USB, VGA, Wireless
Monitor 15" High Resolution TFT LCD
Monitor Resolution 1600x1200
Touchscreen N/A
Dimensions 11 lbs, 2.3" x 14" x 13"
USB Ports 2
DICOM Options Store, Print, Worklist, Commitment, MPPS, Structured Reports
PC Export Formats AVI, MPEG, JPG
CD/DVD-R External
Ethernet Yes
Wireless Adapter
Power (USA) 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Battery Yes
Trackball/Trackpad Trackball
HDD Size 80GB
Software Revisions BT06, BT09, BT11, BT12
Max Cine Memory 1,800 Frames
Maximum Depth (cm) 30
Max Frame Rate (FPS) 300
Accessories VCR, DVD-Recorder, Wireless Adapter, Cart, Printer, ECG, CD/DVD R/W
Manufacturers GE

Q:Does the GE Vivid i connect to USB storage devices?

A: Yes, the GE Vivid i can export images to an external DVD-writer, USB Flash memory, or USB connected hard drive for images, backup, and patient data.

Q:Can I connect the GE Vivid i portable ultrasound machine to my network to store my images or send them to a radiologist for review?

A: Yes, the Vivid i has full network capabilities. Be sure to let your Providian Medical expert representative know in advance that you'll need DICOM.

Q:Can the GE Vivid i perform Spectral Doppler, Color, and 2D imaging simultaneously (Triplex)?

A: Yes, the Vivid i has triplex imaging capabilities.

Q:Can I do transesophageal imaging with the Vivid i?

A: Yes, the Vivid i supports two TEE multiplane transducers. One probe runs 2.9-8.0 MHz and the other runs 4.0-10.0 MHz.

Q:What is CrossXBeam?

A: CrossXBeam on the GE Vivid i portable ultrasound machine is also known as "compound imaging." CrossXBeam (pronounced Cross-Beam) allows the ultrasound transducer to see from multiple lines of site at different angles, as opposed to the traditional line-of-site that's perpendicular to the transducer lens.

Q:What is SRI Speckle Reduction Imaging?

A: Speckle Reduction Imaging on the GE Vivid i uses a special software algorithm to identify body tissue and eliminate artifact. The result provides a clearer image with reduced artifact.

Q:What is Coded Harmonic Imaging?

A: Also known as Tissue Harmonic Imaging, this is a feature that allows tells the ultrasound to use a combination of high and low frequencies, which allows it to better identify body tissue, thereby improving image quality.

Q:What is BT06, BT08, BT11, etc, on GE ultrasound machines?

A: This is GE's version of a software level. The "BT" stands for Breakthrough and the "0x" typically represents the year it was released. For example, in most situations, such as with a Vivid i, a BT06 would be a used Vivid i ultrasound with a software version of 6.x and released circa 2006.

Q:What is “Q-Analysis”?

A: Q-Analysis is short for Quantitative Analysis. It includes quantitative assessment tools for LV (Left Ventricular) function. It includes assessment tools such as Tissue Velocity Imaging, Tissue Tracking, Tissue Synchronization Imaging, Strain, Strain Rate Imaging, and 2D Strain.

Q:What is Tissue Velocity Imaging?

A: TVI quantifies myocardial tissue motion.

Q:What is Tissue Tracking?

A: Tissue Tracking displays Tissue Velocity over time and displays a color band that represents motion or distance during systole, resulting in a display of systolic longitudinal displacement.

Q:What is Tissue Synchronization Imaging?

A: TSI is a parametric imaging tool based on Tissue Velocity Imaging that provides additional image enhancement for assessing delayed cardiac wall motion.

Q:What Is Strain Imaging?

A: Strain Imaging displays regional detection of myocardial contraction. It helps the clinician to analyze tissue contraction and myocardial function.

Q:What is Strain Rate Imaging?

A: It is typically used by researchers to measure percent of regional deformation of the myocardium... Strain Rate measures the speed of deformation, while Strain measuers the percent of deformation.

Q:What is Automated Function Imaging?

A: AFI is a semi-automated measurement that displays peak longitudinal systolic strain as a bulls-eye display. It is a clinical support tool for measuring left ventricular function at rest.

Q:What is 2D Strain?

A: 2D Strain is a research tool that allows the analysis of complete myocardial motion throughout the entire myocardial motion throughout the heart cycle.

Q:What probes are compatible with the GE Vivid i ultrasound unit?

A: GE 3S-RS, GE 8L-RS, GE 8C-RS,GE 4C-RS, Accuson AcuNav 10F, GE 12L-RS, GE 5S-RS, GE 6S-5S, HR 7S-RS, GE 10S-RS, GE 6T-RS, GE 6Tc-RS, GE 9T-RS, GE P2D-RS, GE P6D-RS and the GE i12L-RS are all compatible with the GE Vivid i ultrasound system.

Q:Do you offer service contracts for the GE Vivid i ultrasound system?

A: Yes, our Providian Medical Field Service offers optional service packages with the purchase of the GE Vivid i ultrasound equipment. You have the option of a 1,2,3,4,or 5 year service agreement. Providian offers a discount for service agreements that last longer than one year. You also have the option to pursue a service contract with GE. A Providian refurbished GE Vivid i ultrasound machine is guaranteed to be accepted for OEM services should you choose to do so.

Q:Can the GE Vivid i ultrasound equipment be shipped internationally?

A: Providian can ship the GE Vivid i ultrasound unit internationally and insured for customers outside of the US. Providian does abide by all trade laws and is restricted in some instances from shipping the GE Vivid i to certain countries. Contact us today for more information.

Q:Can you provide me with the manual for the GE Vivid i ultrasound machine available?

A: If you are interested in receiving the GE Vivid i Ultrasound system manual, please contact Providian today. We have a large inventory of GE manuals and brochures and can assist you.

Q:Is the GE Vivid i ultrasound unit compatible with 220 voltage?

A: The GE Vivid i ultrasound machine can be converted and outfitted with the proper converter to ensure compatibility with 220 voltage.

Q:Does Providian Medical Offer leasing or financing options for the GE Vivid i?

A: Yes, our financial department at Providian Medical will work with you and our lender partners to secure funding for you GE Vivid i ultrasound machine purchase. We also offer leasing options for the GE Vivid i Ultrasound System. Please contact Providian today about your financing needs and concerns.

Q:Would Providian be willing to buy a GE Vivid i ultrasound machine? I have one that I am looking to sell.

A: Providian Medical is interested in purchasing used GE Vivid i ultrasound equipment that can be refurbished to meet and exceed OEM specifications. Contact us today about selling Providian your GE Vivid i ultrasound unit.

Step 1: Getting Started

In this training series, you’ll learn the knobology and general use of the Vivid i portable cardiovascular ultrasound machine.

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 is an important video to watch, as subsequent training videos build on the knowledge taught here.

This is one among many of our videos in our free Ultrasound Machine Hands-On Training Library.

Looking to buy a GE Ultrasound Machine? Call one of our sales experts today at (877) 661-8224.

Step 2: 2D Imaging/Optimization

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.

Step 3: Doppler/M-Mode

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.

Step 4: Measurements/Annotations

Learn how to perform measurements in 2D and Doppler modes, as well as making comments (annotations) on your images.

Step 5: Setup/Customization

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.

Step 6: Review/Export/Reports

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.

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Step 7: DICOM Connectivity

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.

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