The Acuson Antares ultrasound surprised us with its 4D capabilities and confirms that manufacturers are finally able to compete with GE's excellent line of Voluson 4D ultrasound machines. In fact, the Acuson Antares provides a more versatile machine than what you'd get out of a Voluson, and provides excellent image quality while doing so. We still like the Voluson a lot for its 4D, but this is an excellent consideration when looking for something that will fit your budget and provide much of the same 4D functionality that will be appropriate for most uses of 4D ultrasound. The bonus is that it has a very good cardiac package as well.
The Acuson (Siemens) Antares 4D imaging is also very similar to what is found on the new Acuson X300 ultrasound. We have a video coming in the next few weeks that will take a look at the X300 and give you an idea of what it looks like and what it can do (although we did not get a chance to do 4D with it).
You can view our Acuson Antares 4D ultrasound machine video here. It will also be posted to YouTube in the near future and we'll post the video here when it's all done. Please don't hesitate to write me if you have any questions or if you'd like more information on the Antares or any other ultrasound machine. We know what we're doing.