A new report from KLAS has ranked the ZONARE ultrasound as the top ultrasound in a few categories. A few of these categories are quite surprising, as well. ZONARE is ranking top in quality, and second in reliability and durability (presumably to SonoSite). It's surprising that such a young company would rank highly in these three categories against companies such as Biosound, GE, and SonoSite. So this is good news for the company, which seems to be a mostly silent player outside of the corporate "large contract" world (they won a large contract out west).
This is one of the companies I'm most interested in seeing at RSNA. It appears ZONARE has a wonderful concept, and other folks in the industry whom I've asked said that the image quality is comparable to some very high-end systems. The person with whom I spoke (not a ZONARE employee) said it went head-to-head with the iU-22, Logiq 9 and Sequoia and held its own very well... some stating that it's comparable to these systems in 2-D imaging. That's quite impressive for a compact system.
However, the system apparently can't compete in color or other areas, but I'm sure they'll be on their way with that soon. I heard from another that its reporting package is the best among compact ultrasounds.
I plan on visiting their booth next week at RSNA and I'll give it a more full report at that time, along with observations on other systems, including the P50 from Siemens (the apparent replacement to the Cypress). Questions?
Anything you'd like me to check out at RSNA? Drop me an email.
Don't forget to check out our specials at the GPS Medical website as well. We're currently running specials on the SonoSite Titan and the Acuson Cypress.
Quoted from http://www.devicespace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=77421&full=1:
ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc. Ranked Top Hand Carried Ultrasound Vendor in 2007
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ZONARE Medical Systems, a developer of premium ultrasound systems, today announced it has been ranked as the top hand carried ultrasound (HCU) vendor in the inaugural KLAS HCU study. The company was ranked first in image quality, ergonomics and throughput, according to the survey, and second in reliability and durability.
"We are extremely pleased to receive this top HCU honor based on such a highly respected, independent survey," said Donald Southard, president and CEO for ZONARE. "To be rated as first in KLAS reflects on our commitment to meeting customer needs through innovation, excellent service and unique technology. Along with the significant growth of ZONARE since our first shipment in 2005, this recognition helps reconfirm the expanding acceptance of our proprietary Zone Sonography(TM) technology and Convertible Ultrasound(TM) platform."