Mindray M7 Portable Ultrasound Review and Video
A look at the popular high-end portable ultrasound product from Mindray
This is a beautiful machine. I cover a lot of the features in the video, including its 4D imaging capabilities, but this portable ultrasound machine really hits the mark. On par with the SonoSite M-Turbo/Edge products and some of the Vivid lines from GE, the price/performance of this system is extremely hard to beat.
The Market for the M7
While this product has been very popular for use of orthopedics, MSK, needle guided injections, anesthesiology, veins, vascular and other such emerging markets, this system really does a nice job as a full shared-service system. It has very capable cardiac capabilities (unlike the M5), 4D obstetric imaging and provides great imaging for abdominal, OB, GYN, endocrinology, etc. It is the first portable Mindray has released that provides great imaging for all modalities.
A note: Stress Echo is not yet an option on this system. For that, you should still consider the GE Vivid i or GE Vivid e.UPDATE JULY 2012: The Mindray M7 now has integrated Stress Echo, TEE transesophegeal capabilities, "Extra Edge" for nerve imaging, and iNeedle needle visualization enhancement technology for needle-guided ultrasound.
Ideally, this system is fantastic for those running a mobile ultrasound business. Because of its strengths in so many areas, you can cover a wide range of clients with the same machine. Some who don't need 4D or cardiac choose the M5, MicroMaxx, or Logiq e to meet a budget demand. But established businesses that need the extra capabilities find it to meet all their needs (budget, image quality, portability, durability).
Also popular is the vein and musculoskeletal market. I have some images of the tendons in my hand on this video, and its
Very Important Note about the Video Review
All the images are done by me on my own body. My job is to recommend and sell ultrasound equipment. My customer base is typically made up of small offices who are looking to introduce ultrasound or upgrade their current system.
I am an expert on comparing these systems and I have a vast library of images from a great variety of ultrasound machines. I can TRULY compare images side-by-side with the same "technician" and "model", which allows me to make the best recommendation for their needs.
Additionally, in order to test and take images of these systems, I have to learn how to use them. When people purchase the system, I also offer free phone support to get them through those first scary months of using the ultrasound machine.
So when you view my videos, note that these images are done by the same person on the same body or phantom (except the 4D images of a live baby, of course). They're done by me, who has used the ultrasound and can actually tell you the benefits of each system and sell you the system that best fits your budget and needs.
Things I Overlooked...
This video has been in the works for way too long and I decided just to put it up there. I've got a lot in the queue but haven't had time to complete them all. (Sorry to say the intro skits are taking a backseat to the content.)
The video covers a lot of the features of the M7, but something I didn't actually state is its imaging for needle guidance. I have a few images included and you can SEE how good it is, but I don't discuss them well... There are images here where I use a phantom to show how a needle really "lights up" whether it's an echogenic needle or a standard needle. I use 20-22G needles and all appear clearly with excellent imaging of the needle tip. It is definitely superior to the M5 and other such systems...
A correction on the video: I mention the Logiq portables from GE, what I MEANT to say are the Vivid products from GE. The Logiq e and Logiq i are more in competition with the SonoSite MicroMaxx and Mindray M5 portable systems.
4D Imaging on the Mindray M7
This is not really a competitor to the Voluson i. While the 4D images I have seen are good, it's not going to match the Voluson i. If you're running a business where you'll offer some 4D imaging as something on the side, this will definitely work for you. If you're main focus is 4D... then you should probably consider the Voluson i.
The M7 has been a big hit with those using it and I've heard many stories of its success with side-by-side comparisons with similar products from Philips, GE, and SonoSite. Again, the price point is what wins the day for the Mindray M7.
Where to Buy One
If you want one or you're not sure if this or something else fits your needs... that's what I do for a living. You can email me at email@example.com, visit the GPS Medical website at http://www.gpsmed.com or call me at 866-347-7633
Brian Gill, President, GPS Medical, Inc.
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