This morning I was speaking to an old customer who is looking to do some ultrasound screening. She wants a great image but a low price (who doesn't?). All she needs is a stationary machine. Normally, you think about some of the newer stuff that's come out.... and I've been so focused on what's new in the industry, that you forget how good a price some of that old stuff is right now.
Just a few years ago, the ATL HDI 5000 with SONOCT and XRES was, arguably, the best imaging machine for vascular, OB, GYN, and small parts. Then its successor came out: the Philips iU22, as did a whole slew of Windows-based ultrasounds. So, these new consoles with USB ports, more ergonomic consoles, 4D, and DVD writers made the whole industry go "OOOOH" and "AAAHHH" over these cool new toys. However, the image quality wasn't a night-and-day improvement over the old stock.... only the operating system and ergonomics were the major changes. So what happens to the old powerhouses? The hospitals that are addicted to getting the "latest and greatest" are trading in their perfectly good ATL HDI 5000 systems with outstanding image quality to get these ergonomic, flat-screened "wow factor" windows machines.
And now, our industry has a ton of these HDI 5000 systems. This is the time to buy one. Their image quality rivals most systems out there, you can get DICOM and incredible imaging quality for, quite literally, 10-20%% of what you would have paid just 5-6 years ago! It's so bad, that some manufacturers are actually sending these to the recycler if they're not the top-of-the-line system (ie: SonoCT and XRES), they give no trade-in value and simply send them to a recycling company. Yes, there are that many out there, and you should be taking advantage of it!
If you are looking for an ultrasound and you want to turn a profit quickly, you should really take a look at the HDI 5000. It's drawbacks? Well, it's an older user interface and it's a bit slow when you want to change the probes or modes. We're talking a couple seconds here, not 5 minutes. It transfers to the network quickly and can save images in DICOM format... this was the industry leader just a few short years ago!
And what about service? These things are easy to service and parts are getting cheaper all the time. Outfits like my company have tons of parts for these machines and they're not going away any time soon. To toot our own horn a bit, the GPS Medical service team is loaded with experts on these systems, and we can even repair the monitors and circuit boards for these! Call us today at 866-347-7633 to get a quote. Tell us what you'll need to do, and chances are you'll spend under $30k for a loaded ATL HDI 5000 ultrasound with image quality that rivals systems that cost more than $100,000!