I just spent some time with a bunch of Siemens equipment, and we've decided to include it in our lineup. The two systems we're most impressed with are the Antares and the new X300. I spent a couple hours with the Antares, unfortunately my video camera was at home, but I got some shots of it and I'll be posting my thoughts this week.
After my post of the Logiq 7, questions came in and recommendations were made that I give the Antares a good look. I did, and these two systems compete well head-to-head. As it stands, it's a close call, but for overall performance while you're scanning, I think I prefer the Siemens equipment. It has a huge articulating flatscreen, better user interface, and is overall VERY fast during the scan... no touchscreen delays, and it's also built for on-the-fly adjustments that are actually easier and better than the Logiq 7. The 4D is capable and will pass for any Obstetric office looking to add 4D to its lineup. Seriously... don't fall for the frame-rate hype and all that crap, it's over-stated, believe me! This seemed to be about as fast as the Logiq 7 anyway. But if you're an OB, is one frame per second for a 4D babyface image really worth $10,000 or more? I think not... particularly because in all the exams I've been in, not a single patient has mentioned frame rate.
I'll have more comments and pictures up after the long weekend.