Posted by: "Brian Gill"
Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:08 am (PST)Gillian,
If you don't need a highly durable machine, I would get the Vivide if
you have the funds. If you are doing a lot of vascular and have the
money, I would take a close look at the Vividi because the CrossXBeam
and SRI (Speckle Reduction Imaging) functions are really outstanding and
compare well to the larger console units.
The Vivid i is the steroid-enhanced Vivid e, essentially. It's a larger
platform (a larger laptop system), but also has more of the features
that you would find on the console systems, such as CrossXBeam or
Speckle Reduction Imaging. The Vivid i is the more robust system of the
two. The Micromaxx is a nice system, and very very durable... you won't
find the same durability from the GE systems. We find the GE systems to
be superior in quality, but not in durability. As far as the Cypress is
concerned, you're simply not going to get the penetration in cardiac and
vascular applications that you would see on the GE systems. When we demo
a Cypress for a carotid on a 300lb man, it's very difficult to get a
good image....whereas the GE "vivid i" looks great. Don't get me wrong, I love the
Cypress, particularly becuase it's a tough machine, and its pricepoint
of about $26,000 USD is really hard to beat (it also has the stress echo
package). The Titan can't touch it for these applications.
These don't run $100k, either. with two probes, the Vivid i sells in the
low $60,000 range for a high quality used system in the United States.
The Vivide is about $48,000. You can call me if you have any questions.
I have both available if you're looking.
President, GPS Medical, Inc.
866-347-7633 x 206