How to Buy an Ultrasound Machine

Ultrasound machines serve many purposes. They can be used for obstetric, veterinary and cardiac procedures as well as to treat sports injuries and chronic pain. Whether you are buying an ultrasound machine for your home or your medical office, it is important to consider budget, manufacturer and reliability. Some people choose to buy portable ultrasound machines that they can take from place to place, and others like to save money by purchasing a used machine. Buy an ultrasound machine by determining how you will use it, how long you plan to have it and what you want to spend.


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    Consider your plans for the ultrasound machine. The size and type of machine you buy will depend on whether you expect to use it at your home, in your medical office or in a larger healthcare setting.
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    Set a budget. Depending on the size and model of the machine, you can spend between $5,000 and $100,000.
    • Give yourself a range. For example, if you are looking for an affordable used ultrasound machine, set your budget range at less than $10,000. If you know you are going to need something top of the line and new, give yourself a range of $80,000 to $100,000.
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    Think about the size you need. Ultrasound machines for the home are lightweight and some can even be worn. Others are large machines that are meant to be used in hospitals and medical centers when patients are lying down.
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    Examine several different manufacturers and models. If you currently have an ultrasound machine and you are pleased with its performance, consider sticking with the same brand.
    • Consider a used machine if you want a top of the line brand such as ATL, but your budget prohibits it.
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    Look for all the appropriate certifications. Government and manufacturer certifications will ensure the machine is inspected and held to strict safety standards.
    • Make sure the ultrasound machine you buy includes these certifications: USA/FDA/GMP, CE Mark/MDD and ISO 9001.
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    Look for the technical specifications you need. These will include the level of power output, the imaging required, color Doppler and whether a DICOM or a DIGITAL system is best.
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    Shop with well known providers of medical equipment. If you are not sure where to start looking, talk to your doctor or another healthcare provider about where to buy. If you are a healthcare professional, use your best vendors.
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    Buy a used or a new ultrasound machine online. You can shop at retailers such as eBay and Amazon for one, or buy from a company that specializes in medical supplies. Check the certifications so you know it is safe and approved by the government and the medical industry.
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    Buy an ultrasound machine that has a warranty and a return policy. At the minimum, you will want a 1 year warranty. Some machines might offer up to a 5 year plan.
    • Ask about the return policy offered by the manufacturer and the retailer. A minimum of a 60-day money back guarantee should be expected.
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    Make sure the machine is up to date if you are buying it used. A newer model will keep your medical office from appearing outdated. If you are buying it for your home, you will not have to worry about replacing it sooner than necessary.
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    Buy your ultrasound machine from a reputable dealer. Go to a company that has been in business for a while and provides excellent customer service.
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    Read reviews. Most companies will share testimonials from happy customers, but dig a little deeper.
    • Research reviews of the ultrasound machine model on sites such as eBay, epinions, Amazon and ShopZilla.


  • Consider trading in your old ultrasound machine if it is in good shape and still works well. This will help defray the cost of your new equipment.
  • Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or other healthcare provider before using an ultrasound machine at home. Get instructions on how to use the machine so you can get the best results.

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