Here is a long overdue introduction to the Z60 model ultrasound machine. This little powerhouse has all the bells and whistles of the console type systems with less sticker shock. It is a great machine to have if you are adding the service of ultrasound. It is durable and easy to use.
The first thing to mention is the image quality. It is very good provided that you get the latest software revision. Pairing this with the latest probes and you can obtain very good 2D image quality. The standard of the 2D images is what sets the stage for better color flow Doppler, elastography and 3D/4D imaging. This machine can easily integrate into a shared service environment with all the options that are available.
One of the newest features is the probe check capability. With changes in the requirements for quality assurance, this tool will be essential for any QA program. This is found under maintenance then it is labeled probe check. Click it and in less than twenty seconds the red and green dots appear. The colors tell you when crystals are bad (red) and which ones are good (green). Now that this is available it will cut down on trouble shooting for probe issues. Then the documentation of probe health can be done easily and regularly.
With rich options, this unit will make sense. Natural touch elastography, Smart 3D, Directed in probe CW, IMT, EKG module and leads, iLive, DICOM, TDI and FreeXROS (anatomical M-mode) are just a few of the offerings to choose from. There is also a choice of two UMT carts to transport this portable unit. All of these offerings will allow for easy clinical use and integration.
With every upside there is the downside. The thing to be aware of with this unit is that the measurements cannot be customized. There is no way to create formulas or measurements. However the workaround/relabel is present and it works very well. This method is used to add generic measurements to the report with a user entered label. The other thing to note is that you cannot delete formulas in any category and replace them with something else. This is especially important for OB. The measurements are basic for each application.
For a cost effective solution the Z60 will be the one. Training on these machines is also easier because it is a more basic machine. This means faster start up. Easy workflow and integration makes this unit welcome in any department.