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GE Voluson S8 Ultrasound Machine

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The GE ultrasound Voluson S8, is a high-end women’s health 4D ultrasound machine that has a price and features in-between the Voluson E8 and the Voluson S6. The Voluson line from GE is known worldwide for providing the best 4D imaging currently available though Samsung is catching up. The Voluson S8 and S6 look identical and even use most of the same transducers. The main difference is that the S6 uses half the channels of the Voluson S8. This produces a significant difference in image quality between the Voluson S8 and S6. The GE Voluson S8 uses the same cost effective RS transducers as the Voluson-i portable. The Voluson S8 offers near E8 level image quality at a lower price and much smaller, lighter form factor.

All Voluson ultrasound machines are focused on women’s health, especially obstetrics, gynecology, and fertility. Secondary applications include general imaging, adult & pediatric cardiology and neonatal cardiology. Doctors looking for shared service capabilities from a GE ultrasound machine should consider the GE Logiq S8 instead.

Overview

Application training for the GE Voluson S8

KPI’s on-staff sonographer can provide onsite applications training or remote training via video conference for the Voluson S8 at a set price plus travel costs. A pre-recorded video training course is included in the sale, lease or rental of the Voluson S8 from KPI ultrasound.

Voluson S8 Service options

Free technical support is available from KPI during installation and over the course of the standard limited warranty. Technical support is available after the warranty period at an hourly cost per issue.

GE Voluson S8 Maintenance:

KPI recommends the use of a surge protector along with a dedicated power outlet. Probes should be disinfected after every use with a disinfectant wipe proven not to damage the lens (KPI recommends SonoWipes for this.) KPI recommends one PM (preventative maintenance) every year.

GE Voluson S8 Dimensions & Weight

Height: (adjustable, maximum) 1725 mm (67.9 in), (minimum) 975 mm (38.4 in)

Width: 620 mm (24.4 in)

Depth: 850 mm (33.4 in)

Weight: (no Peripherals) 90 kg (198 lbs.), approx. 325 lbs. with packaging

Voluson S8 Specifications

  • Digital beamformer
  • 335,127 system processing channel technology
  • Minimum field-of-view range (depth): 0 – 1 cm (zoom) (probe dependent)
  • Maximum field-of-view range (depth): 0 – 36 cm (probe dependent)
  • Up to 261 dB Dynamic Range adjustable by selecting 12 Dynamic Contrast Curves

GE Voluson S8 Electrical

Voltage: 100-120VAC, 220-240VAC

Frequency: 50/60 Hz (+/-2%)

Power consumption: Nominal 900VA including all options. Typical power consumption with 500VA load approx. 1.75A at 230V/50Hz without peripherals.

Thermal Output: 1200 BTU/h

Revisions

GE Voluson S8 Revisions: BT11 to BT15

GE first launched the Voluson S8 in 2011. That first version was designated as BT11. “BT” is an abbreviation of “Break Through” and the number designates the year in which this version was launched. So the Voluson S8 BT11 was launched in 2011 and was in production till the next version in 2012, the Voluson S8 BT12. The Voluson S8 BT12 improved the image quality but kept the same feature set. The GE Voluson S8 BT14 added HD live (highly improved the 3D/4D image quality) as a hardware upgrade option. This option requires different hardware than the non-HD-live version. The current version of the Voluson S8 is the BT15 that adds a cellular modem kit, and MMS/Email connectivity. KPI recommends buying the Voluson S8 BT14 or higher w/ HDlive because this new technology has become the industry standard.

All revisions of the GE Voluson S8

GE Voluson S8 (BT11)

GE Voluson S8 (BT12)

GE Voluson S8 (BT14)

GE Voluson S8 (BT15)

Popular configurations of the Voluson S8 in 2016

  • GE Voluson S8 (BT12) with 3 transducers

    RAB4-8-RS 4D Convex

    4C-RS 2D Convex

    E8C-RS 2D Endovaginal

Probes

All GE Voluson S8 probes / transducers

4D Convex RAB2-5-RS [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max scanning depth 30cm

4D Convex RAB2-6-RS [ 2 – 6 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max depth 26cm

4D Convex RAB4-8-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 46mm, max scanning depth 26cm

4D Endocavitary RIC5-9W-RS [ 4 – 9 MHz ] 192 elements, 11.6mm, max scanning depth 16cm

Endocavitary E8C-RS [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 10.7mm, max scanning depth 16cm

Convex C1-5-RS [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 192 elements, 56.1mm, max scanning depth 30cm

Convex 4C-RS [ 2 – 5 MHz ] 128 elements, 60.0mm, max scanning depth 30cm

Convex AB2-7-RS [ 2 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 40.0mm, max scanning depth 28cm

Microconvex 8C-RS [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements, 10.7mm, max scanning depth 16cm

Linear 12L-RS [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 192 elements, 37mm FOV, max scanning depth 8cm

Linear 9L-RS [ 3 – 8 MHz ] 192 elements, 37mm FOV, max scanning depth 14cm

Linear Matrix ML6-15-RS [ 4 – 13 MHz ] 336 elements, 50mm FOV, max scanning depth 12cm

Cardiac sector 3Sc-RS [ 1 – 4 MHz ] 64 elements, 50° FOV, max scanning depth 24cm

Pediatric cardiac sector 12S-RS [ 5 – 11 MHz ]18mm footprint, max scanning depth 12cm

Pencil Transducer P2D [ 2 MHz ] CW Split Crystal

Advanced Voluson S8 transducers: 4D and Matrix

The Voluson S8 supports a wide range of 2D and 3D probes that help medical professional obtain great images, especially in the first trimester and in complex gynecological exams. The Voluson S8 supports four mechanical 4D transducers; 3 convex and 1 endocavitary. The advanced C1-5-RS convex offers exceptional 2D imaging. The ML6-15-RS linear probe features matrix technology for breast imaging and provides excellent spatial resolution and image uniformity in a 50 mm footprint that reduces the number of passes needed in a breast exam.

Popular GE Voluson S8 transducers

The RAB4-8-RS 4D convex gives the broadest range of penetration. The E8C-RS endocavitary and 12L-RS are both inexpensive and are popular on a wide variety of GE systems. The RIC5-9W-RS is the only 4D transducer on the Voluson S8 that offers elastography. The C1-5-RS convex is popular for 2D imaging as it offers a wider bandwidth and superior imaging.

Features

GE Voluson S8 Features:

These are features that are standard on the Voluson S8 BT12.

19” High-Resolution TFT LCD Monitor

Innovative user interface with onscreen menus

3 Active Probe Port

3D/4D Mode

4D Biopsy

HD-Flow

Automatic Tissue Optimization

Coded Excitation (CE)

Coded Harmonic Imaging with Pulse Inversion Technology

Tissue Doppler

Advanced SRI

CrossXBeam CRI

SonoNT

B Mode only

B + Power Doppler Mode

B + CFM Doppler Mode

B + HD-Flow Mode

B + CRI

B + CRI + CFM

B + CRI + PD

B + CRI + HD-Flow

B + B-Flow

Focus & Frequency Composite (FFC)

Inversion mode

High Resolution Zoom

Pan Zoom

SonoRenderStart

Steering

Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)

Virtual Convex

VOCAL

Wide Angle on endovaginal probes

Beta-View

Patient information database

Image Archive on hard drive

3D/4D data compression (lossy/lossless)

Real-time automatic Doppler calculations

OB Measurement, Calculations & Reports

GYN Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Vascular Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Cardio Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Abdominal Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Small-Parts Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Urology Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Pediatrics Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Musculoskeletal Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Neurology Measurement, Calculations & Reports

Multigestational Calculations and Fetal Trending

CINE Memory: 140MB; up to 7,000 frames, Dual/Quad Display, Review Loop and speed

Integrated HD (500 GB)

GE Voluson S8 technology definitions:

4D Biopsy:For minimally invasive procedures like biopsies, ultrasound is a widely used method to visualize and guide the needle. 4D biopsy allows for real time control of the biopsy needle in s 3D multi-planar display. The Voluson S8 with 4D Biopsy shows the region of interest in three perpendicular planes (longitudinal, transversal and frontal sections) and can guide the biopsy needle accurately into the center of the lesion.

CE: Coded Excitation improves image resolution and penetration in the far field on the Voluson S8. This allows the user to scan at higher frequencies on technically difficult patients.

Advanced SRI: A nonlinear diffusion filtering technique that improves image quality in real time by reducing speckles. Available in all B-mode imaging on any probe compatible with the Voluson S8.

CrossXBeam CRI: This technology is borrowed from the E8. It is compound resolution imaging used to improve border and image clarity the Voluson S8.

SonoNT: Allows for semi-automatic Nuchal Translucency measurements.

FFC: Focus and Frequency Composite is a Voluson S8 technology that utilizes two different transmission frequencies and two different focal ranges in the 2D image. This function combines a low frequency to increase the penetration and higher frequency to keep the resolution high. It reduces speckles and artifacts in the 2D image to facilitate the examination of difficult-to-scan patients.

SonoRender Start: This technology on the Voluson S8 speeds up the acquisition of the fetal face in 4D.

TUI: This is a new visualization mode for 3D and 4D data sets on the Voluson S8. The data is presented as slices through the data set which are parallel to each other. An overview image, which is orthogonal to the parallel slices, shows which parts of the volume are displayed in the parallel planes. This method of visualization is consistent with the way other medical systems such as CT or MRI, present the data to the user. The distance between the different planes can be adjusted to the requirements of the given data set. In addition it is possible to set the number of planes. The planes and the overview image can also be printed to a DICOM printer, for easier comparison

of the ultrasound data with CT and/or MRI data.

VOCAL: :Imaging program opens up completely new possibilities in cancer diagnosis, therapy

planning and follow-up therapy control. It offers different functions: Manual or Semi automatic Contour detection of structures (such as tumor lesion, cyst,prostate, etc.) and subsequent volume calculation. The accuracy of the process can be visually controlled by the examiner in a multi-planar display. A virtual shell can be specified around the contour of the lesion. The wall thickness of the shell can be defined. The shell can be imagined as a layer of tissue around the lesion, where the tumor vascularization takes place. Automatic calculation of the vascularization within the shell by 3D color histogram by comparing the number of color voxels to the number of grayscale voxels.

Beta View: :allows the adjustment of the Volume O-Axis position of 3D probes in 2D mode. The green line in the displayed symbol indicates the position of the acoustic block. + and – defines the corresponding sweep direction on the Touch screen.

Accessories

GE Voluson S8 Accessories

  • Sony UPD-897MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
  • Sony UPD-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
  • Sony UPX-898MD Digital Black & white thermal printer
  • Sony UPD-25MD Digital Color thermal printer
  • Mitsubishi P95DW Digital Black & white thermal printer
  • Mitsubishi P95DW Thermal Printer
  • Mitsubishi CP30DW Digital Color thermal printer
  • Sony DVO-1000 DVD Recorder
  • CIVCO disposable biopsy guides (for Convex, Linear and Endo-cavity transducers)

Voluson S8 Supplies

  • Aquasonic ultrasound gel
  • Sono ultrasound wipes
  • Sony UPP-110HG thermal printing paper
  • Sony UPC-21L color thermal printing pack
  • Mitsubishi CK30L printing paper
  • Mitsubishi K95HG high gloss thermal printing paper

GE Voluson S8 ports

  • 3 active transducer ports
  • 3 USB Ports for External Peripherals
  • 2 USB Ports for On-board Peripherals
  • Ethernet network connection
  • 1 HDMI Out Port
  • 1 Audio Out Port

Options

GE Voluson S8 Options

These are features that are not standard on the Voluson S8 BT12, but which can be added to the configuration for an additional cost.

Static 3D Mode

3D/4D Expert

Advanced VCI

4D View PC Software

B-Flow

Anatomical M-mode

SonoVCAD heart

SonoAVC follicle

SonoVCAD labor

Coded Contrast Imaging

Elastography

4D – Basic STIC:

STIC

STIC + CFM Doppler Mode

STIC + CRI

STIC + CRI + PD

STIC + B-Flow

STIC + Power Doppler Mode

STIC + HD-Flow Mode

STIC + CRI + CFM

STIC + CRI + HD-Flow

VOCAL

DICOM 3.0 Support

Scan Assistant

XTD

ECG Digital Module

CW Module

Integrated Printers:

B/W Printer

Color Printer

DVD Recorder

Bluetooth Line Printer

WLAN network connection

USB Footswitch

Foot switch with programmable functionality

Drawer

DVR

Horiz/Verti TV Holder

Connection Module Report Data

Isolation transformer

Video Convertor

GE Voluson S8 options technology definitions

Advanced VCI: Volume Contrast Imaging on the Voluson S8 utilizes 4D transducers to automatically scan multiple adjacent slices and delivers a real-time display of the ROI. This image results from a special rendering mode consisting of texture and transparency information. VCI improves the contrast resolution and therefore facilitates finding diffuse lesions.

B-Flow: Used for viewing blood flow, for acute thrombosis, parenchymal flow and jets. It helps to visualize complex hemodynamics and highlights moving blood in tissue. B-Flow is less angle-dependent, has no velocity aliasing artifacts, displays a full field of view and provides better resolution when compared with Color-Doppler. It is therefore a more realistic and intuitive representation of flow information, allowing visualization of both high and low velocity flow at the same time.

Anatomical M-Mode: On the Voluson S8 this imaging mode displays a distance/time plot from a cursor line, which can be defined freely. The M-Mode display changes according to the motion of the M cursor. In the Dual format, two defined distances can be displayed at the same time. AMM is available in grayscale and color modes (CF, HD Flow, TD).

SonoVCAD Heart: A Volsuon S8 technology that automatically generates a number of views of the fetal heart to make diagnosis easier.

SonoAVC follicle: Automatically detects follicles in a volume of an organ (e.g., ovary) and analyzes their shape and volume. From the calculated volume an average diameter can be calculated. It also lists objects according to their size.

SonoVCAD labor: This Voluson S8 technology allows the user to measure fetal progression during the second stage of labor such as fetal head progression, rotation and direction. Visual evidence and objective data of the labor process are provided. All SonoVCAD labor measurements are automatically added to the worksheet.

Coded Contrast Imaging: This enhances the view of the Fallopian tubes vs. other tissue.

Elastography: Visualization of the stiffness of tissue by assigning color values over B-mode.

STIC: Spatiotemporal Imaging Correlation is a fetal echo provided by the Voluson S8 that visualizes the fetal heart or an artery in static 3D.

VOCAL II: Allows the Voluson S8 to provide cancer diagnosis, therapy planning and follow-up therapy control. It offers contour detection of structures and volume calculation. A virtual shell can be set around the contour of the lesion. VOCAL automatically calculates the vascularization within the shell by 3D color histogram by comparing the number of color voxels to the number of grayscale voxels.

Scan Assistant: Automated step-by-step help for those new to scanning on the Voluson S8.

Imaging Modes

GE Voluson S8 Standard Imaging Modes

2D-Mode

M-Mode

PW Doppler

High PRF Doppler Mode

Color Flow Doppler Mode (CFM)

Power Doppler Mode (PD)

Elastography mode

XTD-Mode

Contrast Agent Mode (Contrast)

M-Color Flow Modes (M/CF, M/HD-Flow, M/TD)

Volume Modes (3D/4D):

4D Real Time

4D Biopsy

Real Time Triplex

Voluson S8 Optional Imaging Modes

CW Doppler Mode (CW)

Anatomical M-Mode

B-Flow Mode (BF)

VCI-A (Advanced Volume Contrast Imaging)

VCI OmniView

STIC

3D Static

Applications

GE Voluson S8 Applications

Applications or Apps are the types of exams or studies that an ultrasound machine can do. More than this if an ultrasound machine supports a specific application it will have calculations, measurement and reporting software included to support those apps and make them useful in a clinical environment.

The GE Voluson S8 offers a broad selection of applications but is focused on OB/GYN and 4D.

  • Abdominal
  • Small Parts
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • Cardiology
  • Urology
  • Vascular
  • Peripheral Vascular
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Breast
Brands

GE

Condition

Refurbished

Type

Portable

System Overview

Year Launched : 2011
Estimated Market Price ($) : High
Monitor (inch) : 19″ LCD
Tilt/Rotate Adjustable Monitor : Yes
Monitor Resolution : 1280*1024
Image Size Resolution : 960*720
Touch Screen (Inch) : No
Trackball or Trackpad : Trackball
CP Back-Lighting : Yes
Weight : 198 lbs (90kg)
Probe Ports : 3(w/ 1non active)
Battery : Yes
Boot-Up Time :
Sleep Mode (Quick Start) : No
Maximum Depth of Field : 30cm
Minimum Depth of Field : 0-2cm
Cart (HCU) : No
Independent Steer & Lockable Wheels : Yes

Imaging Modes

2D, M mode : Yes
M-color Flow Mode : Yes
Anatomical M-mode : Yes
Trapezoidal Mode : Yes
Color, Power Angio, Pulse Wave Doppler : Yes
Bi-directional Power (=HD FLOW) : Yes
SCW Doppler : Yes
Tissue Doppler(Velocity) Imaging : Yes
Freehand 3D : Yes
Live 3/4D OB/GYN : Yes
HD Live : Yes
STIC (Spatio-Temporal Image Correlation): Yes
Live 3D Echo : No
Stress Echo : No
Strain and Strain Rate (Cardiac) : No
B Flow : Yes
Panoramic Imaging (=Logiq view) : Yes
Contrast Imaging – Cardiac : Yes(Not in all countries)
Contrast Imaging – General Imaging : Yes
Strain-based Elastography : Yes
Shear Wave Elastography : No

Features

Tissue Harmonic Imaging : Yes
Spatial Compounding(=CrossXbeam) : Yes
Speckle Reduction (=SRI) : Yes
Auto Image Opt(B mode) : Yes
Auto Image Opt(Doppler) : Yes
Write Zoom : Yes
Triplex Mode : Yes
Needle Enhancement or Needle Recognition : No
Auto NT Measurement (=Sono NT) : Yes
Auto Follicle 2D Measurement : Yes
Auto Follicle 3D Measurement : Yes
Auto IMT : No
Auto IMT (Real Time) : No
Automated B/M/D Measurement : No
Automated LH Measurement(Automated Function Imaging(AFI), Cardiac Motion Quantification(CMQ), or Auto EF(Ejection Fraction) : Yes
Live Dual (B/BC) Mode : Yes
SmartExam or Scan Assistant : Yes
Fusion : No
Raw Data File : Yes
Flexible Report : Yes
Barcode Reader : No
Gel Warmer : No

Applications

Abdominal : Yes
Women’s Health Care (GYN & Breast) : Yes
OB : Yes
Fetal Echo : Yes
Vascular : Yes
TCD(Transcranial) : No
Small Parts (Breast, Thyroid, Testis…) : Yes
MSK/Anesthesiology : Yes
Pediatrics : Yes
Urology (Renal, Prostate…) : Yes
Echocardiography_Adult : Yes
Interventional Cardiology : No
Echocardiography_Pediatric : Yes
Echocardiography_Neonate : No
Stress Echocardiography : No
Transesophageal Echo_Adult : No
Transesophageal Echo_Pediatric : No
Internal Medicine w/ Shared Service : Yes
Surgury : No
Interventional Radiology : No
Contrast Imaging _ General Imaging (Low MI) : Yes
Contrast Imaging _ Cardiac (High or Low MI) : Yes
Bowel Imaging : No
Strain Elastography : Yes
Shear Wave Elastography : No

Transducers

Convex (1~6Mhz) : Yes
Convex (2~9Mhz) : Yes
Single Crystal Convex (1~6Mhz) : No
Single Crystal Convex (2~9Mhz) : No
2D Arrary 3D Convex (1~6Mhz) : No
Micro Convex (5~8Mhz) : Yes
Single Crystal Endocavity_Straight Type (3~10Mhz) : No
Endocavity_Curved Type (5~8Mhz) : Yes
3D Convex (2~6Mhz) : Yes(2~5)
3D Convex Light Weight (2~7Mhz) : Yes
3D Endocavity (3~10Mhz) : Yes(4~9Mhz)
3D Micro Convex (3~9Mhz) : Yes
3D Linear (4~18Mhz) : Yes(6~15Mhz)
Linear (>14Mhz) : No
Linear (3~12Mhz) : Yes
Linear (<9Mhz) : Yes
Single Crystal Linear (>14Mhz) : No
Single Crystal Linear (3~12Mhz) : No
Single Crystal Linear (<9Mhz) : No
Linear 50mm : No
Linear 25mm : No
Hockey stick (<13Mhz) : No
Hockey stick (>13Mhz) : No
T or L shape Intra Operative : No
Phased Array_Adult (1~5Mhz) : Yes
Single Crystal Phased Array_Adult (1~5Mhz) : No
2D Arrary 3D Phased Array (1~5Mhz) : No
Phased Array_Pediatric (3~8hz) : No
Single Crystal Phased Array_Pediatric (3~8hz) : No
Phased Array_Neonate (4~12Mhz) : No
ICE (Intracardiac Echo Cardiography) : No
TEE_Adult (3-7Mhz) : No
TEE_Pediatric (3~7Mhz) : No
2D Array 3D TEE (2~7Mhz) : No
Pencil CW (2Mhz) : No
Pencil CW (5 or 6Mhz) : No

Connectivity

DICOM 3.0 : Yes(Option)
DICOM SR_Cardiac : No
DICOM SR_Vascular : Yes
DICOM SR_OB/GYN : Yes
JPEG, WMV, & AVI : Yes
USB : Yes
HDD/SDD : 500GB
DVD/CD RW : Yes
Wireless LAN : Yes

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